I'm writing crochet patterns at the moment and that doesn't lend itself to blogging, so I thought I'd blog about a folded paper project I made for the new apartment. This project is a replica of something I saw in one of my favorite out-of-print books, Paper Pleasures. An artist named David Lewis did the folding sequence. I've searched for Mr. Lewis on the Internet but can't find him. There were no directions about how to fold his piece but with some trial and error I figured it out. Mr. Lewis' work was 4 panels and big enough to hang on a gallery wall. I decided to make my version three panels and small enough to fit in an Ikea frame.
Then use both of the skills you've just learned, folding and crunching, and make the third square of origami paper half crunched and half folded.
Smooth out the crunched up paper areas and you'll have a progression that looks something like this. Pretty cool Mr. Lewis!!!
Mr. Lewis could have stopped there but he didn't. He took an airbrush and gave his paper a gradient color from light to dark. I don't have an airbrush so I used a Rembrandt soft pastel instead.
Starting at the lower right corner of your paper, color like crazy with your soft pastel.
Use a tissue to gradually spread the color to the opposite corner. Work it around a bit until you get a nice gradation from light to dark. Workable fixative will help with this process. I stopped and sprayed my pieces a couple of times while coloring, and then again at the end to keep the color on the paper.
Now get your Erikslund frame from Ikea (I painted mine white a few years ago).
And add your works of art!!!