Paper Swifts

By Art, Birds, Paper

Paper swifts made from recycled scrap papers to celebrate World Swift Day. Made using a very helpful PDF template provided by Action for Swifts to make a swift mobile, which you can find here.

Shibori: Folded Paper Dye

By Paper, Play, Process

Quarantine activities with the 7 year old. Very satisfying and simple. Taking from traditional Japanese shibori resist dying techniques, though we are using paper not material. Paper is folded and dipped in ink, we fold however we can, we do not use such sophisticated neat folds as we have seen in the true shibori, it gets a little complex with small fingers and thick paper. I happen to have Japanese washi paper to hand, which is perfect as it is absorbent but strong.

We use my botanical inks and also some old inks I have (which are the brighter stronger colours). We like both effects. After we make a paper kite with some of the sheets of paper that flies really well. And an origami house and envelope.