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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Featured Artist-Paper Weaving Tutorial and GIVEAWAY!

I’m on the Design Team for a store called McMahon Five Designs.  I’m sharing a tutorial by my friend Sue, the owner of the store.

Real Wood Paper Weaving Tutorial
By Sue McMahon, McMahon Five Design
Description: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pYy4XnYTX_0/TbGYilpKRSI/AAAAAAAAGpk/FzuZRRXyppI/s400/M5D_paperweaving_1.jpgI started off with a piece scrap printer paper and applied a  horizontal strip of removable adhesive near the top/middle of the paper. I used this to hold the strips still while I was weaving.
The strips of real wood paper are ½” wide and the length varied as they are scrap pieces. I chose to work with 2 species: Cherry and Walnut. I laid the top section of the first piece of walnut vertically across the horizontal strip of adhesive. Then alternated laying down the Cherry and Walnut wood pieces.
I then used a piece of Walnut and wove it horizontally through the vertical strips. I slid it up as high as it would go. I next used a piece of Cherry and wove it over/under the opposite piece I wove over/under with the previous Walnut piece. I slid the Cherry piece up as close to the walnut piece. I repeated until the full length was woven.
Description: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Z9-Bp_c3uUM/TbGYoV3JvMI/AAAAAAAAGpo/Dl36vbXao7Q/s400/M5D_paperweaving_2.jpgOnce it was completely woven, I removed it from the white piece of paper and flipped it over. I secured the edges on the underside with Glue Dots.
Description: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3z3zyWBIJDs/TbGYybu5jeI/AAAAAAAAGps/iwYeNi3-shI/s400/M5D_paperweaving_3.jpgOnce it was secure, I trimmed off the uneven edges. On this particular one, I did plan it out so the edges all were framed with the long strips being Walnut.
Description: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-L5Y03dSAoOg/TbGY2FxdIhI/AAAAAAAAGpw/oHHJXHjISas/s400/M5D_paperweaving_4.jpgBecause I chose to use Real Wood Paper over cardstock or designer paper, the final results offer more dimension and texture in the project. That coupled with Earth Day, makes a GREEN/Earth Friendly project as well.
Description: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-w51Q-DRJWws/TbGZA-4fYdI/AAAAAAAAGp0/j2VEXGr34Dc/s400/M5D_realwoodpaper_sue1.jpgThis is the Real Wood Paper woven piece placed on a folded piece of Cherry 2-Sided paper.
Description: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MqvLdLXhEzI/TbGZFAH073I/AAAAAAAAGp4/3bxs4QRjTEc/s400/M5D_realwoodpaper4.jpgThis is another sample of Real Wood Paper weaving where I chose random strips with no pattern in mind. I then used a heart stencil to trace the shape onto the weaving piece and cut out the heart shape.
Wood Paper Weaving Kits are available in the McMahon Five Designs store.
m5d_$10couponSue has graciously offered to giveaway a gift certificate to the shop in case you want to get some real wood paper of your own.  Or, you can get anything you want from the store!

3 comments:

Elena Lai Etcheverry said...

I love it! I can;t wait to try it!

gsandoval said...

Super cute ideas! And don't seem too difficult.

BreAnn said...

This is great, Sue! I love the heart - super cute!