Monday, December 31, 2012

Folding/cutting paper flower

I was thinking of doing some flowers, which is not as strict as origami but with some paper folding and cutting elements. So I combine the two techniques and made these flowers.

The yellow/red one is closer to origami, I used mountain valley fold before cutting the shape.

The blue/purple one is my usual folded paper cutting. It has less dynamic and a bit flat, but not the end of world.

The good thing of this project is that there is no wrong way. Whichever method you take, it will come out pretty.


Less strict, less stress, more creativity.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Scribbling and playing around to find ideas

I was unable to sleep.
There were origami paper on the table and I did not want to do origami at the moment.
So I scribbled.
I started with one line, then another line, then more small short lines. From there I got the idea of a winter tree.
Then I was tired of lines only and therefore added some big black round dots. This brought me the memory of winter persimon tree in Beijing.

I browsed through Pinterest, and found one idea of wax crayon drawing then watercolor. That looked a doable project for my younger students. I wanted to try immediately.
I looked around in the rented winter chalet in Tahoe. There were candles. I scribbled.

I do not have color, Then I found some black tea.

It comes out a success, in the sense of methodology, not aesthetic I am afraid.

When I do this in class, I will used liquid watercolor and already diluted.
Maybe I should give them thicker and condensed color and let the students figure out by themselves what works and what not.

I kept on drifting with my aimless thoughts. Folding paper, cutting edge, and cutting shape before or after cutting, gluing. Here are some primitive ideas.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Origami peony flower

I do not know how is this called peony flower. However, this blog is not about nomination, so let me go straight to the making.

It is composed of two pieces of origami paper. The basic method is very similar and only differs at the end.

Here is the website of the diagram.

Here is a video of it.

Origami strawberry

I was looking origami instruction, I found this diagram of strawberry. So I tried and it is a simple one.

Here is a video of it. No very educational, due to the video quality and my clumsy hand. But it is my first try and it might be satisfying for people who looked for sleeping pill.

Origami modular

This is a modular origami. I do not know the name.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Origami bow tie

I learned this bow-tie from this website. The instruction is very clear.

Here is a video of it.

Origami box with a holder

I do not know how to name this box. There are so many origami boxes the name is running short. This box is single layer, and has a folded side popping out for easy holding.

Here is a video of it.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Origami tulip

This origami requires glue to finish, a relatively simple one.

Here is a video of it.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Origami - square box with a bended bottom

This box looks nice and solid on top but it has a bended bottom.

The video is here.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Origami flowery box

I do not know how to call this one. It is just a bit different.

Here is a video of it:

Origami star box

I have done this star box long time ago. It is one of the less difficult one.

Here is a video of it.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Origami square paper box

This is a bit difficult but once your know it, it is pretty simple. This one is much stronger than the single layered one.

Here is a video of the making:

Simple one layer paper box

This box is one of the simplest. Here is a video of it.

Origami ballon

I made origami ballon. I found it super duper simple.

Here is a video of it in English.

Here is a video of it in Chinese

Origami butterfly

Origami butterfly
Click the picture you can view the video of the making process.

I was browsing through pinterest and a picture of origami butterfly popped up. I did this. It is super duper simple.

ClassPlan - Modular origami flower

I learned this flower from youtube when I searched around, or maybe sometime when I was in hotel the TV popped up while Mathar Stewart invited a lady to make a demo. Anyway, search online, I found it a quite popular method with a lot of diagrams etc.

Here is a website that I follow when I do this:

Here are two video of myself doing it in Chinese:

First long and tedious one:

Second relatively short finishing one:

ClassPlan - Paper cutting

A perfectly symmetric design
A perfectly symmetric design

A perfectly symmetric design

Not so perfectly symmetric design

3 fold  perfectly symmetric design
Paper cutting is an ancient Chinese folk art. It used very often during Chinese New Year or other festivities as a window decoration. 窗花。 You can do it symmetric or not so. They all turn out good.

Here is a video of it:

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Origami boat

Origami boats

In the mood for origami. I am in a frenzy of paper recently. I did paper origami with my students, they LOVE it. The younger kids came out some very creative fun play and the middle schoolers made neat designs. 

The middle school students love it so much that I plan to do it with them again. I will provide some diagrams for them to choose and they will finish this project by making a DVD. Can't wait.

Fabric drawing/painting with Tee Juice

My very first try of drawing on fabric
Click on picture you can see the video of this production.
This is my first try of drawing on fabric with Tee Juice,  a product from Jacquard from Santa Rose, California, a local. I started by drawing with the fine point pen. Since my hand hesitated from time to time because I always do free hand drawing without any planning, I did not know what to do the nest step. I was not pleased with the uneven line, so I used the medium sized tip the trace again some border lines. Then I filled in some pale color. Unfortunately the green and purple were a bit too strong, so I used water to wash.
It was not a neat painting, but I get started and found out so many things to learn.

My second try on fabric using Tee Juice with drawing and watercolor combined
Click on picture you can see the video of this production.

This is the second one. I found the big jumbo marker was good for dotting. To add some accent, I used fine line to outline the leaves. Still, the green is a bit over powering.

Drawing and watercolor on fabric with Tee Juice
Click on picture you can see the video of this production.

This one I put too much water at the end. My ocean got flooded.

Fabric drawing painting with TeeJuice
This is is executed with care and attention. Drawing first, and let dry. 5 hours later, I added background water and color. It was good so far, but dried up with color almost nonexistence.

This work has two videos to show the process:
Step One:

Step Two:

Be tender

I rarely do any video of writing for the sake of writing. It takes a lot of time and brain power.
Today, I just felt a feeling of tenderness. I had 2 hours in the morning. I spent in coffee shop a good half hour and let this tenderness melts my heart. I saw the flower in the neighboring Pizzaria, and holiday decoration and the bright sun light shining right on them. It is a beautiful cold winter day. I feel it.

On my way driving, I stopped and took a few pictures, together with this video:

Be Tender

Monday, December 10, 2012

Stamping tree

Monday class finished. It was a mess. 1st grade with paints. I was looking for trouble. But the paintings were beautiful. Some kids got carried and ended up the whole page orange, no shape, no shade nothing else. We had fun.

I used up the left over paints and finished the half way class demo.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

oil pastel pinetree

I am quite surprised by this. The starting is merely accidental.

I was browsing through some magazine, a pinetree popped up, so I tried to scribble with the material handy, which were the oil pastels.

Dark green fan shaped needles scattered around, then the light green. Then light brown branches, then dark brown. Then done.

oil pastel tree again

I did not have much plan for this, just wanted to painting tree with circle. So here it is.

Light brown for tree trunk and branch, then one layer of yellow, then one layer of orange then red then blend.
Then purple, dark/light and white for sky.
Then light/dark/dirty green for land.
Then smear.
Then done.

Angry red bush intimidates skinny green trees

I uploaded the video of this painting. Then I got a comment: "Angry red bush intimidates skinny green trees". I thought it most poetic. So may it be.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Fall trees

I did this on Friday after school art class. I projected some fall trees pictures and I got inspired by one of them.
I started with a few disconnected black lines as tree trunks and branches, then random yellow, orange and red for foliage, Then purple, dark/light blue and white for sky. At the end I dotted some white, yellow and light green just to add some texture.
There is limitation of oil pastel. It does not get well in details, or at least, for me so.
It took me about 30 minutes for this one.

Fall tree

Here is the material, oil pastel, tempera and wine cork

I searched fall tree then popped up this pic from wikipedia. I drew tree trunk, branches with oil pastel and then the leaves with tempera yellow and red with wine cork. then pastel to emphasis tree branches again. The irregular shape of the paint on wine cork made the whole picture more dynamic and natural.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Doolle and scribble with a story


I like the class of scribbling and doodling. May it be called zentangle, zendoodle or zendala. When I showed students the sample works, they all wowed by the details as well as intimated by the complication of them.
Then I usually started to tell them a story, like this.
Kid did not know how to paint, teacher said, put a dot, he put a dot,
teacher said, put a circle, he put a circle.
then, a triangle, a swirl, a square, a line, a curve, etc.
Kid finished them all.
The teacher said, 10 dots, 20 circles, 30 triangles, 40 squares, 50 lines and 60 curves, etc
Then he got this most beautiful drawing.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Drawing is the basic or the most fundamental skill in art. It is the most simply yet the most sophisticate. I love the depth of the black and white work, so much inside, indeed.

This one was done on the camping trip in Memorial Park.

Done in the plain from SFO to Chicago.

Done in the plain from SFO to Chicago.

Done in the plain from SFO to Chicago.

Done in the plain from SFO to Chicago.

Add cDone in the plain from SFO to Chicago

Done in the plain from SFO to Chicago.

Inspired by Paul Klee, Robert Delaunay

I wanted to do some abstract and free style painting/drawing/coloring in class. So I showed some images of Paul Klee and Robert Delaunay.

I think the result is quite astray from the original source. As usual.

Here is the images from google search:

Paul Klee: 

Robert Delaunay