For Mothers Day I plan to make her a garden sculpture using hebel stone.
Above are two I have made as gifts prior. The one on my left was my first attempt and I can say it's quite easy to do, although messy.
Quite soon I will take photos and capture the process of how I come up with my creation. I will first go online and look up hebel sculptures for inspiration. I bought the stone at Bunnings for $6.30 so I am ready to go.
Watch this space as I will continue ths tutorial soon.
I have a love of paper folding, origami and tessellations.
This week I treated myself and indulged in creating some lampshades for my newly built home. At this stage I have run out of funds and I currently have plastic generic cones over my light's. Thankfully I love searching and finding things that I can make by myself at home, and this is what I came up with and created.
I think they look pretty impressive myself.
So... why not post it and share how these were made.
You will need two square pieces of paper and fold both as below. Then glue them together at the fold edges on the last picture.
I would recommend to use practice pieces of paper before using your good quality paper.
"Origami Tessellations are geometric folded from a single sheet of paper, creating a repeated pattern of forms and shapes from folded pleats and twists". Quoted in Eric Gjerdes book Origami Tessellations Awe Inspring Geometric Design
I began my obsession with paper folding through creating simple origami boxes. It fascinated me that you can transform one single sheet of paper into gorgeous objects and designs. As paper was easily accessible, it is a hobby that can be started with very little outlay so there were no obstacles in my way to begin.
As I got better and started to exhume my collection of origami instructions, I sought more complex and challenging "puzzles" to complete. Folding paper is very meditative for me and is a task that holds my attention. With what some would call a monkey brain (a thought pattern that swings from one thing to another in seconds), having a project that calms my thoughts and holds my interest is a great form of relaxation for me, so I searched for more.
Upon my search I came across pictures of Origami Tessellations. They captured my attention with their visually stunning designs and mostly my curiosity for how they were created. I had to learn how to create these for myself. I entered in "How to" for Origami Tessellation and eventually found this John Smith Hydrangea PDF (below) that provided simple and easy instructions to follow. And that is where it all started.
With working full time and being a single mother to a daughter, I have at times left my hobbies and love behind. I am now in a place where I can dedicate some time and effort to do the things that I enjoy. Looking back now, I can see how stale I had become by not doing things for myself. I often admire and wonder how people can become successful and create a living by doing things you love. I never knew the answer to this so I did not try. I could not see the end result. However, recently I heard of someone say that "If you did not have to worry about money, what would you do with your life? The answer is your calling. Follow this and everything will fall into place".
This resonated for me. I love arts and crafts, DIY and anything that you can create with your own two hands. I still don't see how this could possibly make me successful, however I am taking that leap of faith, because it certainly brings me a level of happiness and peace. That in itself is a success.
So I have just begun again. Here are some of my humble beginnings bared for anyone to see. I have also opened a Etsy store and regardless of my fears of not succeeding I will feel the fear and do it anyway.
There are so many resources if you would like to try these on your own. To begin the basic's, take a look at my short blog here:
Here are more links, diagrams pictures that have cultivated my love for Tessellations:
Robert J Lang
The first steps to tessellations is learning the basic paper folds. Follow my link below to find the instructions provided by Eric Gjerde below:
Another very helpful instruction is how to create a hexagon shape from a piece of square paper. The hexagon can be a common base shape to attempt some of the tessellations so this is a great tip to know. Link has been provided by Origami Resources.
I have found using great quality Japanese origami paper the easiest to use for your final products, whilst practice folds have been using ordinary paper to allow for possible mistakes. Some papers can tear and not hold up to the consistent folds, however origami is designed specifically so it can with stand the treatment.
Arts and Crafts
This page will be a collection of my favourite projects that you can make at home by your self and directions on how to achieve it. In time I will attempt some of the projects and blog my experience via video or picture illustrations good or bad.
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