Dec 16, 2010

Paper Roll Doll

I have been invited to a creative group on FLICKR called Cardboard Tubes ReCrafted, to join the fun, I decided to make this little stand alone doll.

Dec 7, 2010

Feliz Dia de las Velitas / Happy Candle Lighting Night

Tonight we have the traditional Candle Lighting in Colombia, my home country, or Dia de las Velitas. To celebrate and continue with the tradition in foreign lands, I am participating with this idea, a candle holder alphabet using recycled paper cups, in the Cardboard Christmas challenge, organized by core 77, one my favorites industrial design magazines online. Visit the challenge site to learn how to make it. You will have the chance to vote for your favorite ideas and learn how to make other great Christmas projects using cardboard. For those living in Colombia, Feliz Dia de las Velitas!!!! I am going to miss you all.

Nov 30, 2010

How to give MUCHA LANA christmas craft

Lana (wool) is the Mexican slang word for money. In Mexico sheep figurines are given as symbolic Christmas gifts to wish an auspicious year. They must be placed at the house entrance and remain there all year long. If you want to give money these holidays, here is a cute way to present it. Watch the following slideshow to learn how to make one, and put Mucha Lana inside, don't be cheap!

Nov 17, 2010

simple idea

This simple idea is now part of my closet as well as the project of two young Italian designers, Erika Zorzi & Matteo Sangalli, who are the authors of 02 mathery, an interesting open-source website about Ideas. Thanks Erika and Mateo for the opportunity to participate. Here is the idea as it was featured in 02 mathery.

Nov 12, 2010

Mexican Miracle Charms

I was inspired by the Mexican tin hearts image above - printed by gusano de luz, Mexico - to make a paper charms mobile. I discovered recently that they are miracle charms! I had no idea, I was just fascinated by the designs. Devoted people in Mexico, go to church and attach little metal charms to an image of a chosen Saint to ask for protection or help, these small metal charms come in many shapes depending on each person needs. The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary are traditional Roman Catholic devotional images, a person in love and in need of help with a relationship or a heart condition would choose a heart shaped charm to ask for help. I guess my home will be full of love, if I keep hanging my paper heart charms along my walls. To learn more about this interesting objects and tradition go to this site.

Nov 2, 2010

Día de Muertos

Today is Día de Muertos here in Mexico and I decided to make a paper mobile inspired in Mexican sugar skulls. Some of the most popular designs have flowers instead of orbits, which I think makes the skull more playful ... or should I say lively?

Oct 26, 2010

Woven Paper Coasters

The other day I found, in a great blog called HOW ABOUT ORANGE, this DIY fun and easy paper project, and decided to give it a try. I changed the paper stripes width, to get a more modern design look, and experimented with different papers as well. You can see the tutorial in the blog I mentioned above here, or watch the following slide show

Oct 13, 2010

kissme box

This papertoy is very special to me because it was the first papertoy that I designed. Later I thought it would be a good idea to add a hidden compartment to store a small gift. A chocolate kiss was the first thing that came to my mind.

See how the kissme box is assembled

Oct 2, 2010

absurdist fashion picture book

These are the pages of a small paper collage book that I made sometime ago with no purpose other than to amuse myself. I enjoy putting things together in a nonsensical way. The resulting silly images make me laugh.

Sep 28, 2010

Some Mexican death names and figures

In Mexico there are more than 50 death names. These are a few names and figures I found in a mexican Lotería, a board game similar to Bingo, that I got in Jalisco. Some of these names are impossible to translate, except for the serious one and the sad one. La Catrina, the one with the big feathered hat is the most popular.

Catrina Paper Dolls

We are near The Day of the Dead celebration here in Mexico and I have finished a few cheerful Catrinas for the event. The paper dolls silhouettes were die-cut with a cutting plotter machine, however, a simpler version can be done by hand. I used 200 grams black, and white card paper, UHU stick glue, and paper clips as neck and feet. For the color version I used American Crafts pattern paper. I made the feathers with 80 grams bond paper.

Sep 22, 2010

Paper Roses

I don't like fake flowers, those that are so well made that you believe they are real. When I finished the ones in the pictures, using cheap plain paper, I liked the way they looked even though they were not real, I wonder why, and it is because paper roses are artificial but not fake, that is the difference. I learned how to make paper roses watching this video in You Tube.

Sep 13, 2010

My Cats in the Hat

Alejandra and Daniela Aguirre from HAT diseño have invited me to bring some of my paper cats to their beautiful design store in Polanco, Mexico City. Here they are posing for the portraits. The store is located in Lope de Vega 318, Colonia Polanco. Phone number 5250 0447

Mexican Catrina

I have started a new project. I am creating a paper dolls collection inspired in popular culture characters. This is the first muck-up of a Mexican Catrina, very popular during El Día de Muertos, celebrated in November. I used recycled packaging, china paper, a plastic bag strip, stickers and three paper clips. I got the idea of using paper clips from Joel Henriques' blog. Joel has designed a lot of fun toys using simple materials. Here you will find the paper clip puppets he made for his kids. Very cute.

Sep 9, 2010

The wise old owl paper toy

... The wise old owl sat in an oak. The more he saw, the less he spoke ...
To make The Wise Old Owl is very easy. Learn how to make a puffy box first, this will be the owl's body. Then, get some stickers for the eyes and peek, and make the legs twisting a couple of clips. Use more stickers to attach the legs to the body.