Sunday, November 27, 2011

Free Owl calendar

My Owl Barn is back with its second Owl Lover printable calendar. Choose from art by 45 different illustrators. Assign your favorite owls to the months of your choice; then download a PDF and print. Make a 2012 calendar here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

How to make Paper Mache Paste

If you want to find out how to make these great things you should visit Ultimate Paper Mache and you will find there a new recipe  for a sculptural material  called  “paper mache clay.”  

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Craft art - autumn leaves

You still have the opportunity to collect autumn leaves and show the child how to make great pictures.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Free Owl Recipe Card

Sus Sanchez has made this owl recipe card exclusively for My Owl Barn readers.

This recipe card has a space for your favorite recipe on one side and instructions on the other. Each card has a space for the title, dish type, preparation time, shopping list and the recipe, and is adorned with adorable owl illustrations.


Carolyn Gavin

New patterns designed by Carolyn Gavin.

Artist Elsa Mora

  CUBAN-BORN ARTIST Elsa Mora creates intricate, often profound, sometimes whimsical papercuts, paintings, drawings and sculptures. The work of Elsa Mora, whose work can be seen on her blog, The Heart of Papercuts.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Art of Kumihimo

Kumihimo cord was first created by a form of finger-loop braiding. Later tools such as the marudai and the takadai were employed to make more complex braids in shorter time. The most prominent historical use of the cords was by samurai as both a functional and decorative way to lace their lamellar armour and their horses' armor (barding). Kumihimo cords are now used as ties on haori jackets and obijimes, which are used for tying on an obi (kimono sash).
A modern kumihimo disk made of firm but flexible foam plastic with notches can also be used as a portable marudai. The disks have 32 notches that create the tension that is usually created by tama on a marudai. The disks are convenient but are not as versatile as the marudai. On a marudai, any thickness or amount of string can be used, but on a disk only 32 or fewer strand braids can be made. Also, marudai can make many types of braids, such as flat, four sided, and hollow. There are also rectangular foam cards, especially suitable for making flat braids.

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