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DIY of the Week – Folded Corner Bookmarks

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Whether you love going out in the monsoon season or not, you have to admit, it is absolutely the perfect weather for staying in, curling up in your favorite chair with a hot cuppa and a great book! To honor that, we’ll be dedicated the DIY projects this month to making the perfect bookmarks for our favorite books.

We’re kicking of the first DIY of September with these lovely (and incredibly easy to make) folded bookmarks, that you just need to stick on the corner of the page you take a break on.

 

What you need:

1. Origami colored paper (regular paper or chart paper can be used to, if you so wish)

2. Ruler

3. Scissors

4. Markers / paints

 

What to do:

Step 1

Measure and mark a 6 x 6 inch piece of the paper and cut it.

Image source - JAM Paper

Image source – JAM Paper

 

Step 2

Fold the piece you have cut, following the steps shown in the figure below. Take your time, the first few times, as it can get a bit confusing.

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

Step 3

Take your markers or paint, or even other colored paper, and make your design, and there you go – your bookmark is ready!

Image source - dltk-kids.com

Image source – dltk-kids.com

 

The only limit to the kind of designs you can make or create is your own imagination. From animals, to superheros, to monsters, try a new one for each new book you read! P.s. they make great gifts for fellow readers too. Here are some photos for extra inspiration -

Image source - Namaste Switzerland

Image source – Namaste Switzerland

 

Image source - Scraplisters.com

Image source – Scraplisters.com

 

Special Bonus:

If you’re looking to try your hand at a different shape, you can try this heart-shaped bookmark too. Just take a paper of the color of your choice, and fold away!

Image source - Funstitch

Image source – Funstitch

 

Happy Reading!

Quirky Tattoo Designs for Creative Souls

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Tattoos are fun to get, but because they’re going to be part of your skin for the rest of your life, it’s advisable to choose a design that’s meaningful and not one that’s going to be a cause for embarrassment in the future. If you are a creative soul, here are some tattoo ideas that are perfect for you! Opt for such minimalist designs to get a tattoo that looks stylish and creative.

If music makes your world go round

Minimal and meaningful, this unique music button tattoo is perfect for all those who love melody. Those looking for something a little more colorful can get each button tattooed in a different color.

music buttons

If writing is what soothes your soul

These potent marks carry a ton of meanings and are perfect for those who love penning their thoughts.

quotations

 

If painting helps you express yourself

This gorgeous color tattoo is perfect for those who love experimenting with paints.

paintbrush

 

If paper folding is your favorite pastime 

Origami lovers, this tiny crane is perfect for you!

origami

 

If capturing moments is what you live for

This tiny camera tattoo is perfect for shutterbugs. To make it more personal, get your model tattooed on instead.

 

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Paper Art: Creating Magic out of Thin Paper

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

For centuries, paper has been associated with knowledge and learning. Ancient scribes etched out their intellectual treasures on humble papyrus sheets and it is these fragile, mouldering sheets that have facilitated a glimpse into a world long gone past. As we moved on to making more durable kinds of paper, its use multiplied and today, it is used in a million different ways, and in the manufacturing of a million different products. However, it still remains one of the most important tools for writing and even in this age of screens and QWERTY keypads, we form our first illegible squiggles on a penny plain sheet of paper.

Probably because of its versatility, inexpensiveness or easy availability, artists have come to put this material to use in a completely different way – for making art. We’ve all tried our hands at making paper boats or butterflies in craft class, but this isn’t the kind of art we’re talking about. Artists are using paper to make complex, elaborate, fascinating creations, creations that will astound the observer with its beauty and detail. From folded wonders to cut-out marvels to creations that leap out at you, paper is facilitating the making of some truly genius creations in the art world.

Here are some art forms that make use of paper as a primary material:

Quilling

Quilling is an art form in which strips of paper are rolled and then glued together to create interesting patterns. For more complex designs, the strips are looped, twisted and curled.

Art by Anant Nanvare

Anant

By artist Yulia Brodskaya

artyulia

Papier-mâché

Paper pulp is mixed with glue, starch or other adhesives and is then fashioned into shapes. Check out these papier-mâché creations.

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Image courtesy: A sharper focus blog

Origami

Origami is the art of paper folding, an important art form in Japanese culture. Intricate folds help shape the paper piece into life-like shapes.

Origami art by Hung Cuong

hung cuong

Origami used to decorate a wall (artwork by Mademoiselle Maurice)

mademoiselle maurice

Paper Cut-outs

This is a time-consuming art form that calls for not only tremendous skill, but a high amount of patience. It involves cutting through paper using a knife, blade or any other sharp tool to create patterns and designs.

By artist Hina Aoyama

hina aoyama

Art by Lisa Rodden

lisa rodden

Paper Sculptures

Instead of using clay and POP, paper is used to make sculptures.

By Diana Beltran Herrera

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Art by Calvin Nicholls

Calvin

So, instead of depositing piled up papers with the raddhi guy, maybe you can start making something creative out of all those sheets?