accumulator seriali - part 33

My childhood collection of Victorian scrap - www.paperiaarre.com One last hello from me to you in 2016! I'm a hoarder of many kind of things, but holiday decorations have never been a big interest of mine. I enjoy making holiday decorations, but actually decorating my home isn't likely to happen. So, the vast majority of my Christmas-themed belongings is actually formed by these Victorian scraps of my childhood scrap collection. (More about the collection in my last Accumulator Seriali blog post.)

This post is the last scheduled post in the Accumulator Seriali blog post series for now, but should I find myself with excess time in 2017 I may share some more finds from my personal collections and accumulations. I want to thank you all for following along and leaving me sweet comments throughout the series!

My childhood collection of Victorian scrap - www.paperiaarre.com

The number of angels and Santas in my scrap collection runs in the hundreds. No better occasion to share them with you than today of all days!

I hope to see you again next year when I continue blogging about my bookbinding and mixed media projects - Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to each and every one of you! Now it's time for us to listen to the Christmas Peace declaration and enjoy the holidays.

My childhood collection of Victorian scrap - www.paperiaarre.com

My childhood collection of Victorian scrap - www.paperiaarre.com

My childhood collection of Victorian scrap - www.paperiaarre.com

My childhood collection of Victorian scrap - www.paperiaarre.com

My childhood collection of Victorian scrap - www.paperiaarre.com

My childhood collection of Victorian scrap - www.paperiaarre.com

My childhood collection of Victorian scrap - www.paperiaarre.com

glimmer in darkness - long stitch photo album

handmade long stitch photo album with distressed gold spine and natural linen covers by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com Today is one of the darkest days of the entire year here in the North. In Jyväskylä the day length is 5 hours 3 minutes - it's also cloudy, rainy, and generally just not great by any measure. To me that sounds like a good day for a small hibernation to start. I finished the last bookbinding project of the year late last night, took some detail photos of it at awkward angles by the window (there really isn't any room for non-awkward photography there), packed it all away to be properly photographed and added to the shop come January and brighter days.

handmade long stitch photo album with distressed gold spine and natural linen covers by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

This bleak week of rain and darkness needed something a bit more cheerful, so I made a natural linen long stitch photo album with a distressed gold spine. Now my studio is decorated for the holidays with specks of leaf metal glimmering pretty much everywhere I look. Tidying up can wait until 2017.

handmade long stitch photo album with distressed gold spine and natural linen covers by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

The inner covers are lined with Nepalese gold print paper, and the edges of the album pages are hand torn for a rough edge finish.

handmade long stitch photo album with distressed gold spine and natural linen covers by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

Such a pleasant sight, an open book at rest. Now it's time for me to rest, too. I will stop by for a quick Christmas Accumulator Seriali greeting later this week, but the studio door is closed for the rest of 2016. Time for sleep, yoga, good food, and writing poetry.

 

mixed media monday - the fiction that results from feeling

The fiction that results from feeling - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 / www.paperiaarre.com "The fiction that results from feeling." Something I cut from a Wallace Stevens poetry book years ago. The end of the year seems like a good moment for finishing touches. This field wanderer and the Wallace Stevens line have been hanging out as a couple on my desk for all of 2016, so it was only appropriate to finally build a mixed media collage around them before another year begins. I had planned something more elaborate for them, but in the end it didn't feel right, and I went with my usual minimally layered style.

The fiction that results from feeling - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 / www.paperiaarre.com

(vintage photo, cut up vintage poetry book, vintage illustration, vintage book page, vintage watch parts, vintage book spine, lokta paper, board, twine)

11,9x15,2x1,5cm / 4.7"x6"x0.6"

The fiction that results from feeling - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 / www.paperiaarre.com

While there are some people in the distance, the field wanderer seems like a lonely fellow to me. Maybe I'm just projecting, but in any case I do like the melancholy feel of this man walking away.

The fiction that results from feeling - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 / www.paperiaarre.com

Luzula pilosa - a common thing, not much of a looker, but this close up illustration of its flower is a beauty. Modest looking things can hide beautiful details.

The fiction that results from feeling - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 / www.paperiaarre.com

I hope all of you have a stress-free week and are able to enjoy the time leading up to the holidays. I had a great Saturday selling my books locally, and I've sort of gone into vacation mode already. Some small projects still in the works, but my main focus is on the 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle on the dining table.

perfect eight

handmade linen notebooks by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com These eight little notebooks are among the last of 2016. Bookbinding-wise 2016 has been an amazing year - I've had such a great time binding books! And I've made more books this year than I have made in any other year since graduation in 2006! I've also made more long stitch bindings than before, and I totally fell in love with the sewn boards binding structure. Today's perfect eight of linen covered sewn boards binding really bring together the things I enjoy most about bookbinding - they're handmade items made to be used, they perform their function perfectly, and every detail is thought out. Also, I love using linen.

handmade linen notebooks by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

This week is the last real work week of the year for me. After selling at a Christmas fair this Saturday I'm going to take it easy for the rest of December. I'll end up making stuff despite my attempts to take it easy, but maybe a little less. Maybe I'll focus on making plans for 2017 and on prepping some bullet journals for all those also making plans.

 

handmade linen notebooks by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

Are you making plans? Is it as terrifying for you as it is for me? Just kidding (well, sort of) - planning isn't as scary as it was some years ago. Having a plan is good, even if it's just a small one.

DIY origami wreath tutorial

DIY: origami wreath tutorial - www.paperiaarre.com I was so pleased with how this herringbone origami wreath turned out that I asked the wonderful people on Instagram whether they'd like a tutorial for one - and they did, enthusiastically. Drawing origami diagrams can be hard, so I decided to make a video tutorial instead!

DIY: origami wreath tutorial - www.paperiaarre.com

This wreath is made with 16 fairly simple units, but you can use more for a larger wreath. The hole in the middle just gets bigger and so does the diameter. I used 20 cm squares of herringbone print gift wrap for a 24cm diameter wreath. I also added an eyelet for the ribbon hanger, but you can skip it and just make a hole for the ribbon using a hole punch, or tie the ribbon around the wreath.

DIY: origami wreath tutorial - www.paperiaarre.com

Whether or not you need to glue the wreath units together depends both on the paper you use and how much wear you expect the wreath to go through (will you be handling it a lot? kids? outdoor/indoor?). The gift wrap I used has rough enough surface for the wreath to stay together just fine without any glue in our grown-up home. If you decide you need glue, finish the wreath first and round it in your hands, and only then use a toothpick to insert glue under the little 'pocket' flaps.

DIY: origami wreath tutorial - www.paperiaarre.com

The individual units are easy to make once you get the hang of it, but assembling the wreath may require some patience if you're not familiar with modular origami. If you've got nimble fingers, 3,5cm squares make great little wreaths for earrings! I used 18 book page units for 4,5cm diameter wreaths. My earrings are still waiting for a coat of waterproof lacquer and earring hooks, but I'll make sure to share them on Instagram once they're done!

Now, grab some paper and click play:

I hope you enjoyed this quick little origami wreath tutorial and make beautiful wreaths yourself! As always, I'd love to see what you make, so feel free to tag your photos with @paperiaarre on Instagram or Twitter.