Being a renter, my studio is actually the guest bedroom of our house. I can’t afford a studio space and I also can’t build a dreamy shed to escape into at the bottom of the garden (but thanks to Shed of the Year, I can show you exactly what it would look like)
Whilst the room is littered with art supplies and stock for the Bert Illustration Etsy shop, it also has a daybed crammed into it.
So, to try and make it all tie in a little better, I created an origami crane installation to hand above aforementioned day bed.
If you fancy having a crack at it yourself, I put together this handy how to for you:
- 2o sheets of square origami paper
- Invisible thread
- Sewing needle
- Push pins
1. It’s cool to be square.
You’re going to need a perfectly square bit of paper to make origami cranes. You can buy these pre-cut. I got mine from Flying Tiger (still trying to get my head around that name change).
2. Learn the trade.
Click here for some written instructions I found useful when I was learning!
3. Practice makes perfect.
Give yourself 2 birds to mess up on. Once you get in your stride they’ll turn out perfectly but the first few can be a little tricky.
4. That floating feeling.
5. Hook, line and…
Feed your thread through the eye of a slim needle and push through the centre of the bottom of your crane. There should already be a small hole there from the folds. Puncture the top and cut varying lengths of thread to make your flock look effortlessly natural.
6. Complete the look.
Find push pins the same colour as your ceiling. I bought white pins from WHSmiths but you can find virtually any colour on Etsy. This helps secure the impression that your birds are floating in the air.
Spread them out or bunch them together depending what kind of look you’re going for!
Share your results in the comments below or over on Instagram with me using #BertIllustration