Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sometimes I'm Jagged on the Inside

I have a new accordion folded sculpture to share with you today. A few days ago I was wondering what the Turkish Map Fold would look like if I used rectangular paper instead of square paper to fold it. Then I got to thinking about the fold for the insert I used in The Road to Spring and Companion Star. Could it also be folded with rectangular paper? The answer is yes, and it makes a very interesting asymmetrical shape. Next I wondered if there was a way to fold this new shape from an accordion folded sheet of paper so that the parts would be connected to each other. This was tricky and took some fiddling, but in the end I was able to create the sculpture you see below. Later in the day a name came to me and it is the title of this blog post.

Here are some pictures showing the folding process. Enjoy!


Finished piece.

Single folded unit.

I taped together several single units to figure out where I needed to cut the accordion and make a continuous folded sculpture.

Step 1: accordion fold then fold diagonals. Then cut the paper as shown.

Step 2: Collapse the paper along the diagonals.

Step 3: Fold in the triangle sides. Notice how one side has a small triangle and the other side is larger, but they don't overlap. This creates the asymmetrical look.

Step 4: All the triangle sides are creased. Now just inside reverse fold all of them to create the final shape.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

My New Obsession

If you follow my blog, you know I love maps. I collect vintage maps and atlases, map stencils, and books on map art. I recently bought some Ken Oliver Color Burst watercolors and was playing around with them as background elements and wanted to know how else I could use them. I perused You Tube and saw people using them on stencils. I immediately thought of my city map stencil collection. Here are the results for my favorite map, Paris. Each one is different and I love that you can get a positive and a negative from one application of the Color Burst.
Enjoy (I sure am)!


Sprinkle on dry watercolors randomly.

Spray with water and watch the magic happen.

Lift off stencil and place clean watercolor paper over it.

Remove second paper and there is still color left on the stencil. You can color a paper towel with the leftovers and use it in mixed media projects.

Finished watercolor of Paris map and the negative.
Here's the first Paris watercolor I made. I like the different looks you can get with the same stencil.