May 11: Papermaking

May 12, 2013 § 1 Comment

Apart from having fun wrapping yet another birthday  gift in butcher paper and then decorating it,


we had a papermaking party last night: two kids and two moms. Because I make paper so infrequently, I never know how it’s going to come out. This time the kids added some dandelion leaves, which I was skeptical about at first, but the paper turned out great. And the kids had a blast! I bought my papermaking supplies from Oakmother on Etsy. I don’t know if she is still there, but if she is, do check her out! Papermaking is awesome!


(The first picture is of wet paper; the second is of the paper in the morning, all dry and ready for use.)


April 8: Pinata, day 1

April 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

It is April, which is J’s birthday, which is celebration season, which is pinata season. This will be the third (or fourth, I can’t remember) traditional one. Fortunately, he has gotten older and wiser and doesn’t request Spiderman or other corporate pinatas anymore, so I can just make a good old-fashioned one that I learned how to make from Latino/a kids in Tucson. All one needs is a balloon, newspaper torn in strips, and paste, which I make of 1 part flour, 4-5 parts water, and a little bit of cinnamon (I learned that from a website). You cook the flour and water on the stove until the paste is thick, and then you begin to add layers upon layers of newspaper, covered with paste on both sides (not too thick!) onto the balloon until it is covered. Today I finished the first layer. I imagine the next few days won’t be interesting on the blog, as I will be making the pinata bigger and stronger. J. is in charge of decorating it.

February 4: Tangrams mostly

February 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

Some days are just not earth-shatteringly original. Instead, we made yet another monster,


(I like this photo. I like these little monsters lurking around the house. They make me happy. They make me less afraid of monsters, metaphorical and imagined.)

and then we played with tangrams, which I suppose is not really creative, except when J. was making his own designs.


One more day of idling before work really begins.

November 17: Paper marbling

November 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

We took J. to a paper marbling workshop today at an art gallery: recommended for ages 5 and up, two hours long, all for $5. It was excellent, for kids and adults alike, and worth well over $5. I tried to make marbled paper once and failed miserably. Today I learned that you need to mix the water with carrageenan to get the right density. J. did most of the work, though D. and I tried a few things ourselves. The process is meditative and requires patience. The workshop organizers promised to email ingredients and instructions to me, and as soon as they do, I intend to start marbling. Until then, here is a photo of what we did today

(you may recognize the book as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Behind the Looking Glass)

and a time lapse video of a professional Ebru artist (Ebru is the Turkish name for the art, I believe).


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