Weekend Bookend #6

November 29, 2015

Freshkills Park books

Phragmites-based Cover Paper

Books that I made during  a recent morning with Susan Mills, using paper made from plants that Susan harvested as part of the Freshkills Park reclamation project. (We made long-stitch bound books too, which I will be writing about soon.)

Close up Phrag book

Susan has made scores of these with workshop participants. She says that it’s amazing the variety of images people can come up with, decorating with only a few of her rubber stamps.


These mostly visual Weekend-Bookend posts are like a snap shot of what’s been going on in my studio.


Although I intend the title of this post to refer to what I’ve been messing around with this weekend, I’m not really sure it means anything. What’s been happening in my studio is that I’ve wanted to mix up some interesting lines with some interesting folds.

After a person with the handle of GHS Maths posted a group of images made by rotating the graph of a trig equation I got it into my head to see what one of them would look like on a hexagon-flexagon.

If you don’t know what a hexagon-flexagon is, you haven’t watched enough Vy Hart videos. In 2012 Vy offered her own utterly delightful interpretations of what she thought people should know about this piece of paper wizardry in Hexaflexagon, (6 MILLION views!), Hexaflexagon 2, and the sequel Hexaflexagon Safety Guide .

 A Hexagon-Flexagon has three distinct sides, which results in six distinct designs: I’ve written about these here, here, and showcased student work here. I haven’t thought about these in a while, but it seemed to me that the image at the top of this post, and others that I had been working with lately, might be interesting to put on a hexaflexagon. 


I had  ideas for all sorts of images but I became so enchanted by what the variations of the image above that in the end this is what I went with.


My computer did not like this idea at all. I spent half my weekend redoing what I lost when my program crashed, half my weekend watching that blue swirly thing going around, and half my weekend coddling my computer so it wouldn’t crash. I know that I’ve listed three halves, so if that bothers you, here’s what I did with  fourth half: I was able to actually make an image that became a hexaflexagon.

A hexagon-flexagon on 8.5" x 11" copy paper

A hexagon-flexagon on 8.5″ x 11″ copy paper

This is what a hexagon-flexagon looks like on two sides of copy paper. I always want things to fit onto standard copy paper, so I had made this template: hexagonflexagontemplatecolor


It’s a bit tricky to follow, but it actually works really well. I love being able to print these up on my little printer.

This is a dynamic structure, that is not easily appreciated in still photos. I am going to either get my son to make a video of me working the structure or will post the more appropriate stills that I can come up with. Tomorrow. Edited into this post. See you then.

Update: I made a quick video! My first one! Based on the image in this PDF

Dolls by Angela

Dolls by Angela, age 6-ish

This blog became public six years ago today. I had been writing in secret for a while, trying to get the hang of WordPress, before first hitting the Publish Public setting. To celebrate, I’m posting photos of work done by each member of my little family, and pointing out my most visited pages.

Birthday Bird, by John

Birthday Bird, by my son John

The images on my blog that have gotten the most clicks are:

How to Make an Origami Pamphlet : 3750 clicks.  My number one favorite book to makes has the most clicks. This elegant little structure is known also know as a  zine, hot dog booklet, eight page pamphlet as well as by many other names.

Origami Pocket Tutorial:  3647 clicks.  This is slightly different from an origami cup because it is sized to hold a little book.

Modified Pamphlet Stitch Booklet:  3006 clicks.  A good structure to make when needle and thread seems too cumbersome.

How to Make a Six-Sided Snowflake from a Paper Napkin: 2859 clicks. I made this image quickly one evening after trying to explain how to do this on the phone to my good friend Cynthia in Minnesota. There are so many tutorials on how to make a snowflake that I never thought mine would rise to the towards the top of google search results, but it has!

Decorated Box by my husband

Box decorated by my husband

My most visited posts are:

‘Tis the Season to Make Paper Snowflakes    34,689 visitors. These views are mostly seasonal.

Elementary Nature Printing   17,198 visitors. I think it’s Pinterest that drives views to this page.

How to Make a Paper Spring  14,164 visitors. There’s not much competition on search engines for this structure. Even so, I think that the tutorial page on this post is one of my best and I doubt anyone will make one that’s better. Blush.

How to Make an Origami Pamphlet  13,674 visitors. This post, by the way, was published 10 days shy of six years ago. Nearly everyday this post is visited. Yesterday it got 16 views.

The remains on the inside of a Conch Shell, egg tempra, by me, today.

The remains on the inside of a Conch Shell, egg tempera, by me, today.

So, that’s it, my six-year wrap up. Next year maybe I will write about my own favorite posts. Thanks for visiting. It means the world to me to know you’ve stopped by.

Weekend Bookend #5

November 15, 2015

Rotateds sine

Based on Dan Anderson’s Rotated Squiggles aka Trig https://www.desmos.com/calculator/m5hl2p5jlr

Rotating parametric curves:  I barely know what this means, but am happy to have discovered it.


These mostly visual Weekend-Bookend posts are like a snap shot of what’s been going on in my studio during this past week.

%d bloggers like this: