Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wax on, Wax off

I am not a competitive person. I am quite pleased to waddle through life, doing my own thing, oblivious to any ladders that require climbing or plateaus that need reaching. My odd bird feathers are not easily ruffled.

But given a challenge or dare... well, my mind is set alight and determination sets in. Over and over thoughts will tumble in my brain until, at last, a solution finds a way out. Whether or not the challenger ever sees the results is irrelevant. All is well with the world so long as I know the riddle was solved.

And so begins the tale of these cards. When my son’s sensei mentioned creating a karate themed craft, my mind raced.

Using the beautiful papers of Bird Song I’ve created a series of cards inspired by the belt colours yellow, orange, blue, green, brown and black.

The cards are simple and restrained, reflecting some of the principles of martial arts: to be humble, outwardly gentle, and display courtesy. An ideal way to commemorate the important milestones of belt achievement.

More pics (and other great projects!) on the Graphic 45 blog.

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  1. Hi Nichola, Wow! You say the cards are simple and restrained, but wow don't they pack a punch or should I say kick! They are absolutely gorgeous! goes to show you simple can be just as effective if not more so in this case! Love them!

  2. Nichola, I love the marriage of martial arts values and spirit with the art. Well done.

  3. These are beautiful! They are perfect for belt achievement. ^-^
    I remember the tests I've taken while working towards my next belt... Some have been stressful, some intense, all very worth while. These cards seem to fit the achievement just right. ^_^

  4. These truly are beautiful. I am always amazed as to how you take different papers with different prints and patterns and put it all together to make such beautiful Art.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Take care,