- Kindness Prompts + Sidekick
- Illustrating people: Easy tricks to add to your tool kit
- Everyday kindness: flaps which open to reveal inspiration for ordinary kindness
- Inspiration for Conquering The Blank Page
- Self-love: How to create an origami love letter to yourself
- Knitted with love: Using yarn to create pattern and texture
- Playful Printmaking
- Scar Tissue: creating collaged hands of forgiveness
- Make mandala magic
- Healing Heart: Using painted paper and collage to encourage self love
- Spreading kindness: Using our art journals to leave kind words for others
Self-love: How to create an origami love letter to yourself
Hi, it’s Moriah and I am so excited to share my tutorial with you today! For the season of kindness I wanted to find a way to express self love. Being kind to myself is something I struggle with a lot, as I put a lot of pressure on myself to be perfect. I knew I wanted to focus on self care this season and decided to show you how to create an origami love letter and incorporate it into your art journal.
Origami is an ancient Japanese art practice of making beautiful and practical decorations by folding paper. The paper is usually thin and made of rice paper. It can be plain or decorated and hand painted.
While the most famous origami design is the the Japanese crane, I chose to show you how to make a peace dove as a symbol of not only world peace, but peace with ourselves. We tend to be the hardest on ourselves when really we should be the kindest to ourselves and take time for self care. I hope you not only learn to create art using simple folding techniques, but that this tutorial encourages you to think about ways you can be kind to yourself.
- Origami paper or a thin piece of paper that is 6 inches by 6 inches.
- Your art journal
- Optional: acrylic paint, glue stick, black pen and/or any of your favorite supplies! This tutorial is all about you so create with whatever supplies you love the most.
- Make one, leave one! Create origami peace doves and leave them around your town for strangers to find.
- Learn how to make other types of origami, like the crane. The Spruce has a number of easy to follow guides.
Moriah is an American transplant living in Madrid, Spain. Her favourite part of art journaling is being able to experiment with different techniques and styles and not having to care about making mistakes or if it doesn’t look good.