Del­i­cate pa­per feath­ers

fringed feath­ers cut from old book pages make del­i­cate dec­o­ra­tions

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the thick, tex­tu­ral and creamy pa­per of an old book is per­fect for these feath­ers. A book of po­etry is ideal, as the pages are only par­tially printed with type. It is the thick­ness of the pages that makes them a good choice for turn­ing into pretty printed feath­ers. Sev­eral can be used to make a gar­land, or two or three tied to­gether with a rib­bon as a place set­ting.

MaK­ing the feath­ers

The shapes of the feath­ers are traced from the full-size tem­plates on the left, and trans­ferred to the book pages. Larger feath­ers can be cre­ated, if de­sired, by en­larg­ing the tem­plate on a pho­to­copier, or draw­ing the feath­ers free­hand. The shapes are then cut out of the pages. Stamps are cre­ated by cut­ting shapes out of pota­toes or erasers. The shapes are drawn on each in pen­cil, then cut out us­ing a craft knife. A cut­ting mat pro­tects the work sur­face. Re­peat pat­terns are printed down the length of the feather us­ing an ink-stamp­ing pad. Three colours were used to cre­ate the pat­terns on these feath­ers, two blues and a green. Pat­terns can also be drawn by hand, painted free­hand, or the feath­ers left plain. A blunt knife and a ruler are used to make the score lines, marked as dot­ted lines on the tem­plates. The feather is then folded in half along the cen­tre score line. The two sides are then re­verse-folded along the outer score lines. The feather will lie flat, with a raised ridge down the cen­tre. To fin­ish each feather, scis­sors are used to cut very thin snips from the outer edge, to­ward the cen­tre. These stop short at the outer score lines.

Project ex­tracted from Folded book art by Clare Youngs; pho­tog­ra­phy: Jo Hen­der­son Pub­lished by CICO Books (£14.99)

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