Paper Ornament #1
2 Pieces of 6×6 Double Sided Scrapbook Paper
String or Ornament hook
Step 1: Select two coordinating 6×6 pieces of double sided scrapbook paper. (I cut a 12×12 sheet into 4 6×6 pieces and used 2.)
Step 2: Fold the paper in half to form a triangle.
Step 3: Fold in half again.
Step 4: Draw and cut out this curved shape from the open edge of the triangle.
Step 5: Cut 2 rounded slits on each folded edge.
Step 6: Open the paper.
Step 7: Fold the center petal in to the center and glue into place.
Step 8: Repeat with all four petals.
Step 9: Repeat steps 1-5 with the second piece of paper then place the completed piece on top of the new piece and glue in the center.
Step 10: Fold the center petal to the center and glue to attach to the first piece.
Step 11: Repeat with all four petals.
Step 12: Add a sting or ornament hook and hang on the tree!
Please check out the links below for tutorials to the remaining ornaments.
Ornament #2 – Duitang
Ornament #3 – House Revivals
Ornament #4 – HandiMania
A few weeks ago I was so blessed to be invited to P. Allen Smith’s house to tour his home, gardens and get to learn about the importance of soy beans in Arkansas. It was a wonderful day that I will be talking about more in several upcoming posts but today I want to focus on P. Allen Smith: The Artist.
(Photo by Donna Evans. Used with permission by Hortus Ltd. and P. Allen Smith Companies)
If your aren’t familiar with P. Allen Smith he is one of America’s most recognized garden and design experts. He has two shows on PBS, has written multiple books and often appears on The Weather Channel and the CBS Early Show. His website is a wonderful resource for all kinds of home and garden tips and ideas.
Allen’s home and gardens are stunning, but as an artist and art teacher I was amazed to learn that he is an avid supporter of the arts and a budding artist himself. Here are several examples of his art from around his home:
Image courtesy of Beth Stephens @ http://littlemagpie.org
The depth of color in each of these paintings is striking and rich. Upon closer examination of the artwork you will also discover little bugs playing around, dancing and even doing “naughty” things upon the leaves and stems of the fruit and vegetables. I love an artist with a sense of humor!
Allen gets his inspiration from his gardens. He designs his gardens as “rooms” and wants the gardens to be places that people can enjoy and relax in. What better way to relax after a hard day of gardening than to paint the fruits of your labor? Check out this conversation between Allen and Plein Aire painters Cyndra Bradford and Jeff Smith where they discuss the similarities between art and gardening.
A good portion of our day at Moss Mountain Farm was also spent discussing the importance of local farmers and soy beans to Arkansas’s economy and well-being. Here are two artworks I created that were inspired by the rural landscape around Arkansas.
I was also floored by Allen’s art studio. The studio, which is a symmetrical complement to his summer kitchen is large, airy, well lit and surrounded by unfounded beauty and inspiration.
What a dream it would be if Allen invited me back to his home to paint with him in his gardens and studio!