POP-UP ORIGAMI GREETING CARD – This card has a twisting motion that is so amazing to see! When you open the card a 4-panel folded card twists horizontal from the card and opens up! When the card is closed, the 4 panels twist to become vertical and flat so the card can close flat! Pretty amazing eh?! I wrote down instructions with measurements and all so you can make your own. The “pop-up” mechanism is simply made up of mountain and valley folds and then folds down to become a house shape. The paper with the 4 panels is then glued to the pop-up mechanism and voila! A magic card that you made yourself! I decorated my card with leaf prints made by rubber stamping real leaves & then water coloring them. An Ode to Autumn!
CELEBRATION OF THE FEMININE GREETING CARDS
Just in time for Mother’s Day! A celebration of our lovely feminine selves. These handmade cards can be used for birthdays, thank you or “just because” as well. For more details about these greeting cards and to purchase them at my Etsy Shop – NancyLeeArtByTheSea go to:
2015 DAILY WATERCOLOR ART JOURNAL – August found me celebrating the birth of my friend’s darling baby boy, Heroto, born in Kyoto, Japan. My Chinese brush painting group painted lotus flowers & leaves in a very free form style. At a San Diego Book Arts pot luck, I taught an Origami frame for miniature art, which ca be linked together to make an accordion book. Using Japanese Washi chrysanthemum pattern paper, I finished the book covers for 3 flower brush painting books & stitched them with a Japanese stab binding method. I met a young woman at a craft store who was using “Anchored By Love” as a theme for a friend’s wedding so I pulled out one of my German Dresden anchor to add to this page. Tiny turquoise glaze Japanese bowls are irresistible to me, especially when I find one at the thrift shop for only 99 cents! Sunday morning at the La Jolla Farmer’s market brought much enjoyment perusing the buckets of “wild flowers” and lovely French Provence tablecloths. (If only I had an empty table somewhere in my home that wasn’t filled with art supplies, sea shells, books or the “stuff” that I collect to inspire & create my art!) Finally I decided to add three Chinese fortune cookie fortunes that I really liked & have kept in a bowl for sometime because these somehow keep me on track for my dreams of being an artist by-the-sea.