©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015
As you may know I love dragonflies! I use dragonfly images in a lot of my creative endeavors.
I also love kaleidoscopes and wanted to combine the two things to create this project. It will have a special place in my art room, and will serve as a reminder to me to slow down, savor and enjoy a few peaceful minutes.
- Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
- A sunny window
- Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
- Scraps of white (think junk mail, etc.)
- Iridescent paper scrap
- Westcott™ personal paper cutter, scissors
- Scor-Tape™, foam tape or foam dots, Beacon QuickGrip™ adhesive
- 12” each of narrow picot & ½” sheer white ribbon
- Several dragonfly stamps
- Beige ink pad
- Clear embossing powder
- Heat gun
- Purchased (child’s) paper kaleidoscope
- 6” of gold colored thin wire, round tooth pick
- Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to make white slurry.
- Create a sheet of handmade paper.
- Iron the paper to make it smooth.
- Randomly stamp the dragonfly images onto the paper.
- Emboss the images with clear embossing powder and the heat gun.
- Stamp at least one dragonfly onto scrap paper.
- Layer it with the iridescent paper on the wings and hand cut both.
- Wrap the wire around the tooth pick.
- Remove the wire from the pick and stretch it out.
- Fold the wire in half and attach the antenna to the head of the cut out dragonfly with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
- Measure and cut the stamped paper. You will want a bit of overlap.
- Wrap the stamped and cut paper around the kaleidoscope and attach it with Scor-Tape™.
- Use the Bow-Easy™ to tie both ribbons into a small bow.
- Attach the bow and the cut out dragonfly to the turn area of the kaleidoscope with QuickGrip™ adhesive.