Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Creating Star Shaped Mandalas

For a couple of years I have been making mandalas in my art journals. When I first started I wanted to have stars in them. I used a protractor and compass to get my points evenly spaced out. It was very time consuming using the protractor  and I thought to myself there had to be an easier way. Here is what I came up with. My architect husband using his drafting software, very easily made some different sided shapes for me and I printed them out. Now I use these reusable guides, a compass and straight edge.


I first tape down the guide on to the page using temporary tape.
Then put the pointy end of the compass in the middle of the guide and draw a couple of circles.


Then I create the sections by lining up the straight edge on the lines of the guide and use a pencil and make a mark on each circle. (Draw the whole line if you think you might use it in your finished design.)



Then line up your straight edge from the marks on each circle.


Using the marks I didn't use on the first star, I created a second star behind the first one.


For me using this method takes minutes instead of an hour in starting up of my stars.

If you want to try this method, right click these images then paste into a word document. In a word document you can easily re-size the images to what you want. My guides are about 2 inches.



10 sided
12 sided
14 sided

16 sided



In another post to come soon I will post how I finished this one.

Thanks for reading!



Thursday, October 11, 2012

Making your own Washi Tape

There are a lot of videos out there on making your own Washi Tape. This particular one video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5BYnfQxoPQ&feature=g-all-u using Score tape and tissue paper has made me to want to finally make some. I love to discover new ways of using something I already have. I don't have Score Tape but I have some double sided tape that I don't use to often that I got at a rubber stamp convention. I don't remember the name brand.


What is super exciting to me is that I have a great stash of fancy napkins that I keep collecting. This is going to be fun.


Best to take away all the layers except the top one.


Adhere the double sided tape.


In the video she used scissors to cut hers. I first used a exacto blade but it tore the napkin. My rotary blade and a straight edge did a nice job.


Washi tape ready to use!

Thanks for looking!