And then my heart did swoon

I’ve been playing with origami quite a bit lately. Last weekend was the Origami Play class. We made day lilies, lotus blossoms and cranes. And we all had great success!

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That Madeline made super tiny cranes and then later did this (her first encaustic painting):

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Is that not dreamy? Her first painting!

And I have just continued since then in trying new things, new folds, more challenging folds. Here’s my first modular star, but I cheated. I used tape to secure the units together. Otherwise, it would just pop off each other during assembly.
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But I had another plan. The first star was just a test model for my encaustic star. Each of the units were folded, then dipped into a beeswax bath. After the bath, the units easily grabbed each other and held with the tackiness of the wax. Here’s the inside of the star about half completed.

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And the star all pieced together. No tape!!

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With the beeswax covering the star, it was so easy to add a striking edge to the folds with Pan Pastels.

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While I was folding, dipping, piecing, my heart was pounding, adrenalin rushing through my body. I feel I am on the cusp of a brave new land, a discovery. I’ve been incorporating origami into my encaustic paintings for some time. I’ll be teaching a class this weekend (there’s still room), and also at Art Unraveled in Phoenix AZ this July, but there was a shift today, a blooming of sorts. To explore this sculptural encaustic origami thrills me in a way that makes me want to forsake sleep and food…but probably not coffee.

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3 thoughts on “And then my heart did swoon

  1. Lee says:

    “I feel I am on the cusp…”
    I cannot tell you how many times I have thought and even said those exact words to myself (outloud even!)

    It feels a bit like the feeling on take-off – just as the plane becomes airborn…exhilarating and kinda scary all at the same time!

    Love it!

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