Another long-term ‘keeping my hands busy while watching tv’ project was making paper beads. So far I have made 15,000 in white and 5,000 in various colours. My supply of cream strips lasted until I had 2,166 pieces.
A couple of ideas what to do with them but nothing special yet.
Today I’ve got a litle slide show for you. These are some of the origami boxes I made from various papers, including origami paper, my hand marbled paper, wrapping paper and newsprint. Others (not shown) were made of gift wrap or metal foil paper. Each lid and bottom is made of four identical elements which are then slipped into each other. And the inside is pretty too!
A couple of quick collages made from my hand marbled papers.
A couple of years ago I made some marbled paper with my oil paints floating on thinned wallpaper glue. Papers include regular and coloured typewriter paper, brown wrapping paper and others, whatever was at hand.
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I’ve now used up my supply of paper strips and made them into paper beads. Above are the 6 mm wide ones, below the 4 mm wide ones.
This was a very relaxing thing and really a fun project.
And I was a naughty girl and bought – right, a paper shredder, a cheap one for a tenner. I’ve got a small pile of coloured paper still in my stash, plus a box of printed white sheets that were going to be shredded anyway. More beadmaking fun ahead. 😀
Last weekend I spread all of my collected paper stuff across the kitchen to make some collages. And failed.
But there was a bag full of paper strips I wanted to use for weaving projects. At the office we always got lots of advertising mail on all kinds of coloured paper. Some time ago I ran a couple of sheets through the office shredder as mine does particles.
Making paper beads was already on my list for 2017. So I grabbed a wooden skewer and started making some beads instead of collages. There’ll be more to come, it’s quick and fun. I have rediscovered a big box full of more strips, a little narrower and in different colours. They roll around the skewer even better.
I haven’t decided yet what to do with the beads, but definitely no necklaces or jewelry.
Bound in disused nautical chart – with some small ‘glue’ accidents 😉
Bound in decorative paper
Yesterday’s weather was perfect for indoor activities, so I took another bookbinding class and made my last two volumes. These notebooks are about postcard size.
I will try to put together a ‘How to’ page from the process photos I took (not a proper tutorial) but this may take a couple of days.
Yesterday an appointment I had made was called off, and I had the time to take another bookbinding lesson. This time I made two little sketchbooks.
Bound in my own handmade marbled paper – Did you know paper has a direction? Although I cut my pieces in the wrong one the cover didn’t warp after glueing.Bound in disused nautical chart
I (aka the dummy) made this
from this (plus some blank pages and a rubber band.)
Today I spontaneously decided to take a little bookbinding class offered by a local workshop, Werkstatt am Drachensee. Drachensee Foundation employ handicapped people who, among other things, make beautiful craft items (textile/paper) which are then sold.
Making this little notebook was a lot of fun. I paid only a small fee to cover for the material. As they have now decided to offer this class all week long I might go and make another one. They had such pretty papers and I’d love to have another notebook bound with some discarded nautical chart.