Blooming June

Sitting Silently
Folding Papers
June Comes
And the Kusudamas Bloom In My Hands

June is proving to be the month the Kusudamas bloom. I have long lost count of the petals I folded and I am not nearly done yet! Almost feels awkard that my most popular creation is not a quilled item. *Almost*
I guess I should have known it from the start because the moment you see one you are forever hooked in its magic. And although I thought I could not love it any more, I was proved wrong. I can. My recent custom orders scored big time!

(You will have to excuse the bad quality of the photos. I was in a hurry to finish it off in time and the weather did not help me at all with the lighting. Nonetheless, I wanted to share this with you and take the opportunity to show you a few steps along the way of creating it.)

The Kusudama above seems a bit like the one listed on my etsy store but it is a lot more special and unique. It was ordered by a friend as a gift for his girlfriend and it is made from pages that are printed with love letters they have exchanged in the past. Yeap! I do offer discreet services as well! 

So, what I did was print their letters in heavy paper and then cut 60 square sheets out of them. I even used different fonts to emphasize the distinction between his and hers words. Aawww! The sheets were manipulated to add a bit more character and the feel of old correspondence and sprayed with a fixing spray (I was a bit concerned about the ink fading and wanted to prolong its life).

This is how a pile of sixty paper sheets looks like.

Then I stared at them intensely and they bloomed. Not.

60 petals were folded in a loving (yet obsessive compulsive) way and assembled into a perfect Kusudama ball <3

Sixty petals. Phew!
Bloomed into 12 kusudama flowers.

For the stamens we decided with my client to use amethyst chips.

You cannot get any more personalized! The result was heart melting awesomeness! I loved it, he loved it, she loved it, everyone loved it. It is my artistic mission to infuse paper objects with atmosphere, to create artifacts of love & light for rememberance. That is what PaperSpirals is all about.

I will soon make another sample and take better photos so that you can see how this looks in daylight and make a proper listing out of this. And half a dozen more personalized artifacts that are blooming in my head, ready to spring into life. 
Stay tuned!


  1. beautiful! I love the purple gem in the center it is the perfect finishing touch. I invite you to share at my blog hop on Thursday. Hugs

    1. Thank you! Glad to see u here. Will hop in! xoxo


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