Bird and Leaf

bird print t-shritBird and Leaf by David Roehl

Have I ever mentioned by brother is a designer too?  He recently had his Bird and Leaf print selected by Cotton Bureau to be made into a t-shrit. They’re currently for sale on Cotton Bureau and come in various colors and sizes.  Please stop by the site and check it out.

Kirigami Fall Decorations

Kirigami leaf Patterns 4Have you ever tried the craft kirigami?  It’s the art of folding and cutting paper to create a shape/design.  Even though the designs might look complicated, they’re pretty easy to cut out. I’ve created four simple patterns to help you get started. Directions below.

Kirigami Leaf Patterns 2Supplies

kirigami templateTemplates – click here to download and print on standard copy paper or card stock

6in x 6in origami paper



Kirigami Leaf Directions1.  Fold origami paper in half on the diagonal (refer to fig 1).

2.  Fold paper in half again on the diagonal (refer to fig 2).

3.  Fold paper in half one more time (refer to fig 3).

4.  Your paper should now look like fig 4.

5.  Trace one of the templates you printed out onto the folded paper (refer to fig 5).

6.  Cut the shape out making sure not to cut the folds.  For example, in fig 5 you would only cut on the aqua lines.

7.  Carefully unfold paper to reveal your kirigami creation.

Kirigami Leaf Patterns

kirigami leaf patterns 3 Use the kirigami for doilies, to decorate windows or to make into a garland.

Japanese Craft Book: Animal Cards

Paper Animal Japanese Craft BookThe Gift of Animal Cards by Mari Kumada ISBN 978-4-7661-2703-4

If you like paper crafts, I think you’re going to like this Japanese craft book.  It’s called the The Gift of Animal Cards and it has some of the most creative little cards I’ve ever seen.  Below are few pictures of my favorite projects.  I hope you like them as much as I do.

Paper animal Japanese Craft Book 3These little guys would be perfect for Valentine cards.

Paper animal Japanese Craft Book 4Owl Pop-up Card – perfect for a Harry Potter fan

paper animal Japanese Craft Book 2This horse turns into a zebra when slipped into the envelope.

Paper animal Japanese Craft Book 5The bag around the alpaca’s neck is mini card.

Famous Paintings recreated with Washi Tape

washi tape mona lisaI think we can all agree, this puts washi tape art at a whole new level.  I love all the patterns merging together to recreate the Mona Lisa.  It’s absolutely breathtaking. The artist behind this piece, is Nasa Funahara.  You can see more of her work on Loftwork.

washi tape last supperThe Last Supper recreated with washi tape.

washi tape fuji mtSouth Wind, Clear Sky recreated with washi tape.

via spoon and tamago

DIY Washi Tape Phone Case

washi tape phone cover

Photo by Angie Cao

This washi tape phone case project is from my new book Fun With Washi.  Today you can find the directions for this project over on the Chronicle Books blog.  Enjoy.

Fun With Washi by Jessica Okui
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