Favorite Quotes

Therefore do no worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. – Matthew 6:34

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. - Jane Austen

If you don't like something, change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. -Mary Engelbreit

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Origami Easter Eggs

One of my good friends asked me to be a bridesmaid for her wedding. One of her sisters organized a bridal shower and found a cool idea for each bridesmaid to bring a decoration for a different holiday. We had the option of buying or making the decoration. I was assigned Easter. While I am sure the bride would not have minded, I would have felt badly if I had not made something given my tendency for craftiness. 

I was stuck at first but a quick look at pinterst jogged my memory. I forgot that a couple of years ago, I created origami Easter eggs for by mother. 

Growing up, my family always hollowed out eggs for decorating at Easter. I used a needle to create a hole in the top and bottom of eggs. I used the needle to break the yolk and then blew on one end to force it out. I ran water through each egg and then waited a day to let them dry out. 

I cut down a piece of origami paper. I trimmed the edges so a little tab stuck out on each end. 

Mod Podge is my friend. I wrapped the paper around the egg. 

I cut slits in the paper on either end. 

I brushed Mod Podge on the inside of the slits and then folded them down in order. I folded the shorter slits first which if I did it right, none completely make it to the middle. I folded down the longest one last which is the only that does cover the top. If all the slits fold on to the top of the egg, it piles up and no longer looks egg shaped. 

After both ends are folded down, I brushed Mod Podge around the entire egg. 

Drying eggs. I rotate them occasionally so they wouldn't stick to the tray. 

I ran out of time before I could finished them all but I figured 35 eggs was still pretty good. 

I simply Mod Podged some of the scrap origami paper left over from when I cut down the strips into my art journal. 

Drawing: Week 3

Week three of drawing class included learning ellipses, using charcoal, and more practice in using value. 

On the first night of the week, we had two subjects which stressed me out a tad, worrying about finishing them both. I was told that I "colored" more then I shaded due to my haste.

The second subject of the evening. 

I think this is my favorite so far. 

Night two of the week. I dislike greatly the glass bottle on the far right. 

The subject of night two of the week. My camera phone does not capture the value the same way by eye sees it. I seem to draw significantly faster than my peers in the class. I finished this with an hour left of class and most didn't even finish. It concerns me but when I talked to my instructor about it, she did not seem to mind.

Partway through the work. 

Finished night two. I felt like I could have done more but my instructor advised that I stop. 

Art journaling in class after finishing my work. 
I have to go to Jerry's Artarama tomorrow to buy Canson gray paper. I forgot to last weekend but thankfully I got in good with one of my peers in the class and she lent me one of her's. I am still not clear how gray paper helps learn value more than white paper.