Things I Can’t Make: Ichibana Vase by Don Lawson + Tiny Stencil Tutorial
I’ve recently decided to expand the scope of my blog with a category that features “things I can’t make.” Since evenings are my favorite time to work on arts & crafts, my work hours often preclude me from creating much during my work week, but I figure that shouldn’t stop me blogging. The “Things I Can’t Make” feature will share some the interesting pieces of art I buy or am gifted because, frankly, I couldn’t make them myself. I think it will be a great way to introduce my readers to some awesome artisans I’ve discovered.
I can’t do woodworking, for example. I recently admired this Japanese-style ikebana vase while window shopping with my mom in Auburn, CA, and on her last trip to San Francisco, she surprised me with it as a gift-for-no-special-occasion (my mom’s the best!). The vase was crafted from maple wood by Nevada City artist Don Lawson. The metal dish that rests in the wood is known as a kensan — a component of flower arranging that features densely packed metal spikes that can support individual branches or flowers. I encourage you to look up ikebana; it’s a very beautiful art form that can be both minimalist and very elaborate.
Tiny Stencil Tutorial
I’ve stenciled a few rocks recently because it’s a very quick and easy craft. They make nice paperweights, pretty little decorations, or gifts. You’ll need:
- contact paper and sharpie
- x-acto knife
- spray paint
Draw your tiny design on the contact paper with a fine-point sharpie. Carefully cut out the design with your x-acto knife and stick it to the rock. The contact paper will likely only adhere to one side of the rock, so before you spray paint, hold a piece of paper or card stock over any exposed areas so the spray paint will only get on the stencil-design. Spray your design. After allowing the paint to dry a few minutes, remove the contact paper and enjoy your tiny design.