i love it. the weather is bonkers awesome, and the weekends are packed with festivals galore. a few weeks ago, i went on a festival frenzy.
first: minnesota center for book arts harukaze festival
paper + festival? yes, please. we ran around the MCBA and learned japanese stab binding by making mini books, ogled the exhibitions that were set up around the studio, watched a girl make wood cut prints, and made our own suminagashi (japanese paper marbling) cards.
a book of paper cranes. this book is literally crawling with cranes. a crane infestation.
a cranepocolypse. of amazingness.
a stunning, enormous, gargantuan papercut. i want this in my house.
my favorite part! making our own suminagashi cards!
first, you drop dots of oil based paint into a tray of water.
then swirl. swirl like you've never swirled before.
because the oil based paints and water don't mix, the colors skate around the top of the water, like aquatic clouds. on skates.
yeah, you know. those things.
then lay a piece of cardstock on top of the water. the card will pick up the oil paint from the surface of the water.
it's like MAGIC.
or SCIENCE. SAME THING.
when it was my turn, i went to town like a psychotic carebear. after piling every single color into the tray of water, i swirled like a boss and ended up with this: