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Let’s make a samurai helmet for Children’s Day

5 May 2020

On May 5th in Japan it is Kodomo no hi  こどもの日 – Children’s Day!

Let's make a samurai helmet for Children's Day

Origami is really popular in Japan just now with folk staying at home more, and this origami samurai helmet can be worn by children or adults alike, depending on the size.

Let's make a samurai helmet for Children's Day

Around the time of this day for children, families may display inside their homes a small helmet or samurai dolls symbolising bravery and strength, or Japanese iris flowers to keep evil at bay.

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Let’s make a samurai helmet for Children’s Day On May 5th in Japan it is Kodomo no hi こどもの日 – Children’s Day! Origami is really popular in Japan just now with folk staying at home more, and this origami samurai helmet can be worn by children or adults alike, depending on the size. Start with a square piece of paper, you can use any paper as long as it isn’t too thick, mark it into a square and trim with scissors. We used coloured paper, and also tried A2 sized newsprint (in the video) which was the ideal helmet size for Blair to proudly wear. You can use newspaper too, which is a good size for a samurai to be able to wear. The first part of the video is drawing the pattern, which is optional so you can skip ahead a bit for the folding. Have fun and send us a pic of you wearing your kabuto 兜 helmet! More of us are being at home now, so we are bringing you some regular fun and relaxing activities – Creative Time – to encourage you to have some creative enjoyment and stay in touch! It would be great if you would like to send us an image of anything you make, for us to show online if possible, please either 1. post on our Facebook page or 2. email us your image. https://drawingandpaintingstudio.com/samurai-helmet-children-day #art #craft #freedom #wellbeing #stressfree #relaxing #creativetime #origami #origamihelmet #paperfolding #indoor #creativity #折り紙 #兜 #かぶと #こどもの日

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Let's make a samurai helmet for Children's Day
Let's make a samurai helmet for Children's Day

Start with a square piece of paper, you can use any paper as long as it isn’t too thick, mark it into a square and trim with scissors. We used coloured paper, and also tried A2 sized newsprint (in the video) which was the ideal helmet size for Blair to proudly wear.

You can use newspaper too, which is a good size for a samurai to be able to wear.

Let's make a samurai helmet for Children's Day

The first part of the video is drawing the pattern, which is optional so you can skip ahead a bit for the folding. Have fun and send us a pic of you wearing your kabuto 兜 helmet!

Watch this longer 5 minutes video demo:


Here are some delightful photos of participants in Japan and UK looking lordly in their samurai kabuto helmets!!

Newspaper kabuto
Congratulations on your large sized Children’s Day helmets, we hope you’re not battling each other! 🙂
Lots of kabutos!
Thanks to the energy of the young people of Yokohama nine close companions are all set with their kabuto. Doraemon suits the look!
Newspaper kabuto
Great pose with your kabuto children’s day celebratory ornament.
Lots of kabutos!?
Your mum was surprised that it became like this! Much more funky!
Newspaper mysterious kabuto
Love this battle gear OM in Japan complete with printer cartridge eyewear and home made mask.
Pooka the samurai
We bow and pay our respects to you 🙂 Thanks Laura and Pooka the samurai.
Arthur comfortably wearing his samurai helmet, we liked the brushed colours – looks good on you 🙂
That’s a great idea Becky, bringing in the print and the images, has a sharp edged but soft tonal feel, and we love the fashionable style!
Tiny origagmi ball
We marvel at the tiny size 1.5cm size of these origami flowers and ball, thanks for sending KO in Kansai, Japan. The larger clover and spring flower have interesting shapes too.
Tiny origagmi flowers

More of us are being at home now, so we are bringing you some regular fun and relaxing activities – Creative Time – to encourage you to have some creative enjoyment and stay in touch!

It would be great if you would like to send us an image of anything you make, for us to show online if possible, please either 1. post on our Facebook page or 2. email us your image.

Creative Time

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Fold your own origami sunshine – Creative Time

27 April 2020

The sun is becoming much stronger now and bringing life and colour. Can you make a sun out of paper only using origami folding? We folded a couple of versions, based on the youtube videos below.

Create your origami sunshine
Create your origami sunshine

Tip:
Start with square paper, or measure and cut to a square. It is much easier to fold lighter, thinner types of paper.

Try this easy sun origami:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJKq0N5qn0I


And if you fancy a more challenging paper folding, how about this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPvrr5LQ9EU

Create your origami sunshine
Create your origami sunshine


Thanks to these origami youtube paper folders for the inspiration 🙂
How about adding your own personal touch with patterns, colours or just some funky sunglasses?


Thanks Laura for sending your mysterious and geometric crescent moon. It is very spacy and points up to the heavens! 🌙

Laura's moon 🌙

More of us are being at home now, so we are bringing you some regular fun and relaxing activities – Creative Time – to encourage you to have some creative enjoyment and stay in touch!

It would be great if you would like to send us an image of anything you make, for us to show online if possible, please either 1. post on our Facebook page or 2. email us your image.

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Write, type or doodle a few seasonal words – Creative Time

11 April 2020

The leaves and flowers are out and there is a green fresh feel outside and a seasonal spaciousness too. Although many of us are being inside more, there is still a different feel and atmosphere indoors coming from the change in the season, that if you slow down and notice you can really connect with. See if you can write even just literally a few words about it, here is some inspiration:

Liogjht flowing in, heart opening

Flowery Dale

Narrowly a trail
Fades away into the flowers
Blooming in the dale

-Haiku by Fukoku

vast undulating waves
of being,
stillness

above, magnolia flowers
throwing open a way far beyond
into a new vista
of scoured whites and deep blue

light pouring in
heart opening

-three short ones by Shogen (Blair)


Spring brings surprises…
birdsong, sun showers, delight.
A fox’s wedding!

Laura

Thank you Laura for your lively haiku poem full of nature and happiness! We love your friendly (and slightly mischievous looking) fox with bushy tail which you have brushed nicely in ink 🙏🦊🌦❤️


Spring Haiku poem by Ken

Sunlight slants across the roof
seagulls call
cat to the window

Thank you, Ken 😊🐱


This peaceful poem is from Annabel

silence in the streets 
no church bells ringing today 
everyone is at home 

Thank you Annabel 🤫🔔


More of us are being at home now, so we are bringing you some regular fun and relaxing activities – Creative Time – to encourage you to have some creative enjoyment and stay in touch!

It would be great if you would like to send us an image of anything you make, for us to show online if possible, please either 1. post on our Facebook page or 2. email us your image.

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Try some springy nature photography Creative Time

25 March 2020

Try some springy nature photography Creative Time

If you are able to do this take a photo which is spring or nature-themed, for example if you have any flowers (we were given some free by our local supermarket!), or if you have a garden, or you can see the sky and safely take a photo from your window. Of course it’s ok to use your older photos as well 😊

Try some springy nature photography Creative Time
Try some springy nature photography Creative Time

Laura’s shiny green house plant looks very sturdy!

Try some springy nature photography

Thanks Laura for your refreshing and light photo of someiyoshino sakura cherry blossoms, very peaceful 🌸

Try some springy nature photography

Here is a delightful and very feeling poem by Matsuo Basho from Laura inspired by cherry blossoms.

Try some springy nature photography

“Sunlight that gives nature its blessing.”, such a nice description of the rosy pink type of cherry blossoms. Thanks for all the info and inspirational photos Laura 😊

Try some springy nature photography

More of us are being at home now, so we are bringing you some regular fun and relaxing activities – Creative Time – to encourage you to have some creative enjoyment and stay in touch!

It would be great if you would like to send us an image of anything you make, for us to show online if possible, please either 1. post on our Facebook page or 2. email us your image.

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Let’s write Spring Equinox

20 March 2020

Try out writing spring (or vernal) equinox – Shunbun  春分 – using Japanese Shodo calligraphy, or in your own style in any language!

These two kanji on their own literally mean spring and segment/part/share.

Let’s write Spring Equinox

March Equinox – this is the time equal day and night, when the sun is directly above the Equator. In the Northern Hemisphere it is the Spring Equinox, and it’s called the Autumnal Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.

Find out more about the Spring Equinox https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/march-equinox.html


Laura, thanks so much for writing spring equinox, your piece looks great and we can see how much you’re enjoying the mizu de kaku water paper – you did well to photograph it before the watery brushstrokes disappeared into the mists! Love the poem, it is so tranquil and soothing 🍃🌱🦆

Let’s write Spring Equinox

Nice one Ken thank you for sending your image to us by email, great idea to try out using the procreate app on your ipad, that’s interesting you told me you used abstract ‘Triangulum’ brush on the app, it gives a 3D marky feel 🥰

Let’s write Spring Equinox

More of us are being at home now, so we are bringing you some regular fun and relaxing activities – Creative Time – to encourage you to have some creative enjoyment and stay in touch!

It would be great if you would like to send us an image of anything you make, for us to show online if possible, please either 1. post on our Facebook page or 2. email us your image.

Creative Time

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Join in our Creative Time fun activities to do at home

20 March 2020

Love is in the air, with satellites whizzing by the stars

More of us are being at home now, so we are bringing you some regular fun and relaxing activities – Creative Time – to encourage you to have some creative enjoyment and stay in touch!

It would be great if you would like to send us an image of anything you make, for us to show online if possible, please either 1. post on our Facebook page or 2. email us your image.

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Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms

17 March 2020

Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms

Last week at Clydebank art group we enjoyed a carefree evening of painting. We’re sorry to say that this night marked the end of the project for the adults group for the time being (please note for updates on the Wednesday afterschool art group for young people please contact Centre81).

Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms
Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms
Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms

Many thanks to the funders West Dunbartonshire Council and Flightpath fund (Glasgow Airport) and to the fabulous Centre81. This has been a wonderful group with so much creativity and very relaxing and inspiring to be part of 😄 It is a lively and close community.

Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms

Recently we were inspired by the textures of stones from hills and seashore, as well as the spaciousness of clouds and water, and we developed this with by exploring sea shells too. In this group there was always lots of freedom to go your in different creative directions, and lots of help and encouragement when needed 🤗 and help to make participants feel settled and enjoy a sense of wellbeing. Thanks to Centre81 Steering Group for all their support co-organising this group.

Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms

Exploring the fun world of painting whilst relaxing at Clydebank art group, inspired by nature and the soothing sounds and flowing rhythms of the sea.

Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms
Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms
Soothing sounds and flowing rhythms

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Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones

11 March 2020

Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones

Recently we were inspired by the textures of stones from hills and seashore, peering into their worlds, as well as the spaciousness of clouds and water.

Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones
Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones
Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones
Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones
Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones
Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones
Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones
Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones
Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones
Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones
Peering into the spacious textured worlds of stones

We’re sorry to say that we’ve reached the end of the Clydebank Art Group project so this is our last evening for the adults group for the time being (please note the Wednesday afterschool art group for young people will continue weekly, for updates contact Centre81).

Many thanks to the funders West Dunbartonshire Council and Flightpath fund and to the fabulous Centre81. This has been a wonderful group with so much creativity.

West Dunbartonshire Council
Flightpath

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Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden

10 March 2020

Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden

On a blustery day with the March sun shining through the clouds into the garden and our cozy workspace, we enjoyed practicing Tenkoku 篆刻 seal carving to create our own stamps or inkan (more commonly known as hanko).

Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden

It is a captivating process and was wonderful to see everyone embracing it, from the design of their stamps on paper to the stone carving technique and the method of inking and pressing the stone onto Japanese paper.

Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden

We learned about the history of Japanese and Chinese stamp making and looked at varied examples and the ways of numerous of working with the tensho style of characters, and working with names or making natural designs.

Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden

In the quiet moments while everyone was working we could hear the echoes of the chipping sounds of the cutters on the stone and also of the participants enthusiastically blowing the dust off the face of their stones!

Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden

It was inspiring to be surrounded by the elemental trees and hills with all the textures and colours and breathing the fresh woodland air.

Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden
Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden

The Japanese Garden at Cowden
https://www.cowdengarden.com/

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Mysterious universe calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush

5 March 2020

Mysterious universe calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush

the heavens and earth
are dark and yellow
the universe and time
boundless

Senjimon 千字文
thousand character classic

We continued to work from the Thousand Character Classic 千字文 – Senjimon this time at the last Zen Heart Brush, working with genkou 玄黄, partly inspired by the delightful calligraphy of Chiei 智永. It was intriguing seeing how the shapes together with meanings of the characters originated and having fun with the very varied styles.

Mysterious universe calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush
Mysterious universe calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush
Mysterious universe calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush
Mysterious universe calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush
Mysterious universe calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush

千字文 Thousand Character Classic
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thousand_Character_Classic

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