Bookmarks – Japanese Dolls

My fascination with Japan, its culture and origami increases by leaps and bounds.  The more I learn the more I want to learn. Experimented with paper given to me by my friend from France to make these bookmarks.  It is so addictive that now I want to do a whole series with different kimonos, different hair styles and ornaments.

Bookmark single

Bookmark single

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Easter Decoupage

Recently I purchased a beautiful packet of tissue papers with a lovely rose pattern.  The freshness of the baby pink colour was very suitable for the new beginnings of Easter.  So decided to decoupage co- ordinated set of tray, coasters, a spoon holder (an old tin), coffee and tea bags box (an old chocolate box) and off course the eggs using that tissue paper.  The result was stunning.  Here are some photos.

 

Inspiration from Nature – Hyacinths

With spring showing all its splendour in the garden, and flowers blooming aplenty, there is lots of inspiration around to draw on. It also reminds me of tulips and hyacinths.

I have tried here to replicate the hyacinth bloom using punch craft.  I had seen a few videos online of making these by fringing paper strips and curling the fringes, but wanted a more realistic looking result.  So I made individual flowers by using the daisy punch and then assembling them on a paper stem.  It is not as easy as the fringed flowers but not difficult either.

Doesn’t this look pretty?

Diwali Preparations – Lanterns 3 – Akashkandil

Chinese or traditional Indian, the best lanterns are those that you have made yourself.  This week I held a paper-lantern making workshop for a batch of 25 ladies.  I prepared the complete kits for them in which there was paper, templates for folding, decorative beads, pins for punching holes, and the light fixture.  The lantern making process – folding, sticking beads, punching holes and finally sticking the pieces into a ball formation was tricky but I broke it down to simple steps.  Even those ladies who had never done any craft could make flawless lanterns.  A very rewarding experience.

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Diwali Preparations – Lanterns 2 – Tea light Decorations

The spectacle of a Diwali cracker bursting in the sky is truly worth capturing on film as much as it is worth enjoying. The tiny coloured stars that twinkle for a few seconds leave one wanting for more.  This craving for the stars is fulfilled by making small paper star decorations for tea lights using origami.  The various layers of the transparent paper give a different light pattern. It is better if you have the battery operated ones to avoid fire,  though I have used the regular tea lights.

Tea Light Star Decoration

Tea Light Star Decoration

Tea Light Star Decoration

Tea Light Star Decoration

You can use different coloured papers or many of a single colour or a combination of colours if you are using it for a themed garden party like me.

Diwali Preparations – Lanterns 1 – Small tealight lanterns

Hi. Today is a special day as it is my blog’s 3rd anniversary.  Its been a long hiatus for me since my last post, with lots of travelling around the world, engrossed in my other hobbies such as sight seeing and photography.  Brought loads and loads of stuff from craft stores.  Martha Stewart punches, spellbinder dies and Darice embossing folders.  No wonder my hands were itching to put them to use.  With Diwali – the festival of lights – coming soon, paper lanterns are the need of the hour.  So made a few lanterns by punching out a nice border design and using it on transparent paper to make these beauties.

Paper lanterns - Tea light

Paper lanterns – Tea light