This tutorial still exists! But it has moved over to my new blog due to popularity. Please click here!!!
I was checking out one of my favorite blogs for Origami-themed coolness (Peacefully Folding), and I came across this post featuring Ole Fredrik Ekern‘s origami font called Gami. As someone who loves origami and is also a graphic design enthusiast on the side, I couldn’t help the fact that I was in love. Ekern’s website shows the paper designs prior to the black fontface and I just think it was ingenious! Unfortunately, It does not appear to have a useable version for people like me. So I did a little snooping around the internet for free origami fonts. There aren’t too many available, but I did come across these gems in my search. I think they would look great in a variety of projects! The OrigamiBats in particular would probably complement web banners and what not quite well. Happy font-ing! I hope you find them useful.
Origram by Nunodias
Origami Font by Formfound.com
Origami Font by Flop Design
OrigamiBats by Lauren Ashpole
Most of my projects require very specific sizes of paper, and as a result, I have a whole box of paper scraps sitting in my living room… So in order to remedy my scrap paper problem I stumbled around for a tutorial for paper flowers and came across Helen Croft’s Scrap a Little blog and this paper flower tutorial! What I love so much about this tutorial is that it combines a little bit of craftiness and a little bit of folding — the perfect combination for Japanese chiyogami paper! And it is easy for people like me to understand which is always a definite plus in my book.
So this is what I came up with! I did not have any cute buttons to glue on top, so I tried to make a little flower center with hot glue, seed beeds, and wire. I made the clear and purple part first by threading beads onto the wire, and then made a little mound of hot glue on top to which I sprinkled the seed beeds. I think it looks pretty cute and gives a different texture to the center. You can get a better idea by looking at the close-up photo below.
I think this would look awesome on top of packages or for use in any scrapbook that doesn’t mind a little extra volume on the page. I could also see it being used in some kind of paper sculpture or card!
I am excited to some her other flower tutorials to get rid of this ever-growing pile!
On my small netbook, I run a small, netbook-specific Linux OS called Jolicloud. It has a wonderful repository of web-apps that you can browse through and try out. Usually those apps have been beneficial to my work, but not to my origami… That is, until I came across a cool app that was recently added: Carbonmade.
Although you need to pay for unlimited space, you can get a small, free account (named the “Meh” package) which allows up to five “Projects” and 35 images. The portfolio site does not require any html to construct, and the end result was quite pleasant. You can have your choice of background and font, and have a great deal of control over the way the images are displayed Although I only have 35 images to play with, I was quite pleased with my ability to showcase some of my favorite pieces on here.
Although I think the site caters more to those in the graphic arts, I think the site in an indispensable, stream-lined way to present your work to others. They even have an option that you can check to let others know that you are available for freelance work. And hey — crafters need portfolios too!
It has been a constant struggle to get my name (and my items!) out there on the market. Online success is often dependent on just how connected you are. School has been busy so my ability to spend a lot of time marketing and promoting my work has gone down the drain, but there has been a few ways I have been able to keep myself afloat. Granted, no new sales, but I will take etsy shop hearts and retweeting as proof that people like my work!
This week, my Mandarin Crush pendant is featured on craftgawker (yay!). Craftgawker is basically an online rotating showcase. To submit, you choose a 250×250 image, and a small description, and cross your fingers that the photography is up to par. Although I have had some success, it seems that they are much pickier about the types of photos chosen than some others sites. Never-the-less, it is a great way to expose your work to people that would probably never see it. It has a cute “heart” system to favorite items, and if you see an item you like, you can sort by author to see other submitted items under the same person. Here is my craftgawker profile!
The gallery over at Try Handmade also has a similar showcase for your items. For this one, you submit a 300×300 image, but the process is basically the same. I have heard that people have some more success getting their work onto this site. This week, our Book Worm pendant is featured! I really like this showcase because each item gets its own page where you can retweet, or send your item to stumbleupon or kirsty. Head over and retweet Book Worm for me!
It is tough, but these two sites give you a good, visual start to getting your name out there.