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October 18, 2011

I find myself returning to the same sorts of craft projects.  Basic geometries, pale colors, simple composition.  So after making the corbel garland, I was hardly surprised to find myself enamored with making more paper oak leaves.  With the tried and true collage paper stripe method I’ve used time and again, featuring all sorts of disposable (aka junk mail) paper.

The funny thing about using printed paper with words is that when you mix it up enough, your brain does not try to decipher the pattern.  It just looks like an interesting curlicue design blended with the color bands.  I cut my paper stripes by hand, purposefully slicing through the words to accentuate the curvilinear patterns rather than the language.

The only new addition to this particular batch of collage shapes (besides the oak leaf geometry) is that I applied glitter spray to the shapes after making them.  Oh how I adore this sparkle!

These pretty paper oak leaves will make an appearance on a couple of our Christmas trees.  Or maybe as gift bow enhancers…depending on how many I make between now and then.

Thank you for dropping by ~ hope you’re having an absolutely wonderful day!




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9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2011 12:41 am

    Oh, Diane, these are absolutely SMASHING!

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, them!

    “It just looks like an interesting curlicue design blended with the color bands.”

    You’re right, and that’s what I LOVE about them – they’re so unique!

    I adore your little touch of glitter to make them sparkle! So festive!

    Reading this post totally put me in the holiday mood. And before we know it…the Christmas season will be here!


    Hope you had a lovely day, my friend! Thanks for sharing the delights!

    X to you and Cristybella!

  2. October 19, 2011 1:24 am

    Okayokayokay…….I’m gonna haffta save me some junk mail and have a go at it! They’re just too dang cute.

  3. October 21, 2011 8:23 pm

    I luv, luv, luv these, diane! They are adorable!

    I am delighted you linked this post to Potpourri Friday. I appreciate your participation and hope to see your every Friday!

  4. October 21, 2011 8:24 pm

    Oh they look so sweet! Thanks – I think I just might try these!

  5. October 22, 2011 10:41 pm

    I really like the idea of printed paper !

  6. October 23, 2011 7:14 pm

    How sweet! I love what you used for the string part. Now that’s creative!

    Shared this on FJI Facebook for SNS 104. 🙂


  7. October 23, 2011 8:44 pm

    Just the sweetest. 😎

  8. October 28, 2011 4:55 pm

    This garland is just beautiful and such a creative idea – especially stringing them from the rafia!


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