The butterfly effect

Few weeks ago, I was at a huge craft fair and saw one booth which sells butterflies and bugs and nothing else. The insects were framed in shadow boxes. I was really attracted by the colors and patterns of them. almost tempted to buy one but didn’t. although the seller told me the insects were farm-raised but the idea of the insect’s whole propose of life as my wall decoration just did not sit well with me.I walked away without buying any.

later, after I got home thinking I could create my own butterfly with paper and paints.  This is my result “forever spring” watercolor painting with paper cut and sculpture, some of the butteries are 3D as well, 12″x19″

butterfly detail

butterfly details 2

flower details

forever spring yellow

How a simple idea expanded

Last week, I was making some bookmarks mainly try to use up some of the small strips of paper I had saved in my studio. Somehow my simple paper cut bookmarks started to expand and more ideas unfold:

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At first, I made some bookmarks using the image of Dahlias and then I started to expand into paper cut pop up cards.

Here is the first one I made.

pop up card

Almost as soon as I finished the first, as I was looking at it and feel the need to make it better for the next one: instead of having the whole flower pop out, I let only the center part as the pop up part. It seems to make it more three dimensional.

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This morning, I decided to make envelop to go with the bookmarks and cards.

blue envelop

My one of a kind Christmas gift

 

one of a kind bookmark

I just finished my latest commissioned painting and have some free time on hand; I decided to have some fun and make some one of a kind Christmas gifts.
This Christmas bookmark is made from a large Starbucks coffee cup, the string is from an old calendar. Perfect for the book loves I know.
Merry Christmas everyone!

A book of three seasons

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During the recent move of my studio, I unearthed  some of my old art works which were  done my art school days. One of them were the little  booklets of how to use the school l library. One day, I found them outside the library in a boxful of them as discard. They are less than six inch square with twelve pages. I immediately attracted to them because of the size and picked up a large handful as not to let them end up in the landfill.

I created a different screen images for each page and  printed in one color except for the centerfold with two. My finished remade booklets were popular with my classmate which I had given most away.

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I was delighted to found the few remaining copies of the booklet  in my studio. Right away, I wanted to give it another make over.

My slow studio move took over six months started in winter, spring and into summer. During these times, each night after supper for relaxation I would work on my paper cut on the little booklet. Sometimes, I would worked on it few night in a row but then stopped for days or even week without  touching it.

Eventually when my move was done  I was able to finished the little booklet as well.

paper cut on book

paper cut on book

 

Paper Architecture

When I was in Art College, one of my majors was print-making. I study etching, lithography and silkscreen. Every terms I have to produce an edition print with no less than 25 prints and every prints has to be exactly the same from number one to number 25. I sent countless hours working in the print studio. I enjoy the end result of the images created by inks and paper. On my graduate year, my hard work paid off, I was awarded the outstanding print maker of the year. However, as soon as left college my print making career was ended as well

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art on paper

art on paper

I was busy to earn a living and to pay back my student loan and making print was the last thing Ion my mind. There was not much outlets to sell my prints or jobs for a print maker. The closest job for a print maker was silk screen t-shirt printer.

art on paper

For years, I kept most of those prints in my parent’s basement. All together I think I must have at least a couple hundred prints. Later, I moved out from home into my own apartment. I was too poor to purchase some blinds for my windows; I turned some of my prints into window blinds. Years later, some friends still comment on the beautiful hand-printed window blinds I had.

art on paper

art on paper

Last year, an idea came to me; I started to take some of those prints out of my parents’ basement and gave them a new life.  I turned them into paper architecture.

art on paper