Or better known as “Melodie has too much time on her hands.”

As part of my Halloween costume (hipster), I decided to make a few accessories out of paper such as a fake vintage camera.

I used paper from the black-colored cover pages of a CalArts booklet. I don’t have anything against CalArts, I just needed a material that wasn’t cardboard and I happened to have their booklet. The ideal kind of paper should be sturdier than copy paper and construction paper; think: manila folder.

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Decided to cut out that awkward rectangle platform halfway through.

Decided to cut out that awkward rectangle platform halfway through.

Since there isn’t a DIY/how-to on fake camera-making (I know right!), I was really following after Google Images for “vintage camera.”

The pieces of an average vintage camera are made up of rectangles, cylinders, and trapezoids so it was fairly easy for me to figure out which pieces to cut. If you need some assistance, you can search through Google Images on “how to make a cylinder out of paper” for the lens and shutter-speed dial, and “how to make a box out of paper“.

Then I Scotch-taped all the pieces together and since Scotch tape looks too shiny against black paper, I colored all the tape with with a black Sharpie pen (acrylic paint would’ve warped the shape of paper and taken longer to dry) which gave it a matte texture. I recommend using Sharpies that are “fine point” or thicker; you’ll be taking forever with “ultra fine point.”



Related posts:

1. #Crafty: I Made a Fake Vintage Camera Out of Paper
2. #Crafty: More Hipster Paper Accessories (Mustache, Pabst Blue Ribbon Can)
3. #Crafty: My Halloween Costume as a Hipster

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There was a memorial for Anna Valentina Murch on May 4 and I wasn’t able to attend.

She was a studio art professor at my school, my former minor advisor and I took her beginning sculpture class in 2009 where she was often exasperated but encouraging of my artistic process. She passed away during spring break and I still haven’t completely processed this loss yet.

I’m looking at old pictures of sculptures I’ve made in her class and it’s dawning on me more and more now that I’ve made some of my best art when she was my instructor. She’ll be missed.

Untitled, wooden sticks and hot glue, 2009.

Untitled, wooden sticks and hot glue, 2009.

You can check out all the projects I’ve made in her sculpture class here.

(Are you serious, WordPress? This is my 100th post? Whoa, man)

I made these 3D paper sculptures for my advanced painting class earlier this semester. Pretty sure this was our first project in which we had to create and repeat our own three shapes throughout.

While they’re primarily made of cut-out construction paper Scotch- and blue-taped together and held up with L and push pins, they’re still in reference to the elements of painting.


The yellow triangles are probably the most stable piece of the collection. I cut out random triangles from yellow construction paper then Scotch-taped the hell out of it, which took about three Buffy episodes for me to finish.


With the white triangles, I was expanding on the concept of the triangle shapes I experimented with a few years back in my sculpture class.


I was kind of sad no one seemed to like this big ol’ piece. It’s pretty damn intricate if I do say so myself and held the blue-white-black-yellow color scheme together with the other paper sculptures.

It was a mish-mash of all the other techniques and concepts I worked with during this project: taped joints hidden by acrylic paint, repeating geometric shapes, and three-dimensional spaces.


I had an idea of creating interconnecting straight, long true and light blue rectangles together but after I took the pile out of the bag at the beginning of class, the delicate paper sort of collapsed onto itself. So I just hung it up on the corner as is which turned into a happy accident; it became almost everyone’s favorite to look at.

I painted over the Scotch and blue painter’s tape on the ‘joints’ with varying shades of blue acrylic paint.


I love experimenting with pixels, which was how the various-sized black squares came to be. I wish I taped it more to retain the edges but I quite like the curling effect.

It’s held together with blue painter’s tape which I hid and textured the surface with black acrylic paint.



This was the experimental sketch of the “mobile cube” I did for my current contemporary art class. I had the idea of pushing around a cube-shaped work desk with wheels where I can keep various items and supplies within its shelves.

When we were put into groups, my teammates and I decided to make three differently-sized mobile cubes out of cardboard.

For each cube, we cut out 4 squares and 6 triangles which we carefully attached together with a TON of tape. The sizes were approximately 3″ by 3″, 12″ by 12″ and 20″ by 20″.

One teammate sawed a tube into wheels and hot-glued them to the bottom of the cubes, whereas another teammate and I painted the medium-sized cube in bright blue and red colors.


If the cubes were made of wood, they definitely would have had actual wheels, hinges, a lock and edges for the shelves inside so things wouldn’t shift around if the cubes were to be moved.

I think they’re really adorable, especially when they’re stacked together. It looks like a robot.



EDIT. Here’s a photo of me working on an earlier architecture project with my class.



OMGGGG, it’s here. Sadly, no one’s really commented on it in the Youtube comment section yet.

But that’s okay, I’m just happy it made it into the video.

The Post-It stop motion sequence is in the beginning and at the end of the Bonus Episode.

You can check out my past Post-It art here.

Props to Mike for suggesting I go for it. And thanks to Morrow, Jerry and Eddie for helping me create and edit the sequence.

SUMMARY: In this Bonus Episode, Korean 101 teachers Steve and Jasmine teach some of the choice language used in K-Town.

A rather unflattering, bloated photo of me, but whatever.

We’re making some parody videos for the K-TOWN Reality Show, including a “K-TOWN 101” on some slang and phrases you’ll hear in Koreatown.

At the last minute, Mike suggested I make a fun title sequence with Post-It notes. So with the help of the A.D. Morrow, executive producer Eddie and lead editor Jerry, we assembled it in a few hours time.

We then disassembled it for the video by taking photos every time we took away about five Post-It notes until all is left was a bare dry erase board. So when it’s played backwards, it looks like a cute stop-motion clip.

I’m not new to using Post-It notes to make pixelated images before (though this was the first time I wrote out words with them):

My first year in college was during the 2008 election. “Voting No on Prop 8” was all anyone could talk about on campus, so I made this. The pink triangle (upside down) is a reclaimed symbol that stands for gay rights and the gay pride movement.

It was right above my dorm bed.

In my sophomore year, I assembled a giant Post-It tulip inspired by the flowers in Super Mario.

In my first dorm room before I moved out of it in my third college year, I made a rainbow…because I’m really into rainbows. This was taken before I could buy more green Post-Its.

You can see the finished image in the background. This photo can be found on the sidebar of this blog along with two others.

EDIT. I’m going back to school again in two weeks. So depending on how time I have and how many Post-Its in my dwindling collection there still are, I’d love to make another Post-It image for my room.

This customized doll was a Christmas present for my boyfriend Mike, who’s the biggest Woody Allen fan and has watched all of his 40+ films (his favorite being Stardust Memories). It’s my first Munny doll so things aren’t as polished as I hoped it would be.

Here’s a step-by-step of how I did it:

A 4-inch Munny doll and a package of white air-dry clay.

You can buy the doll on KidRobot’s MUNNYWORLD. I got mine at Blick Art Materials.

Molded the clay over the head. You have to be careful because the clay won't stick unless it's all over the surface.

I let it dry for a day and then molded more volume into the hair and fixed the cheekbones. I got a little scared at that point because he started to look more like Ron Paul or the guy from Up.

I took off the head for the rest of it to dry and started painting on his clothes on the body.

Took apart the arms for the sleeves. Don't worry, it snaps back on.

Pants! Woody's really into the corduroys.

Then the wool vest and collared shirt.

Painted his skin on both his face and hands.

Here's the paint palette.

I made a cheap-looking gift wrapping out of three pieces of paper and different colored Sharpies.

I'm sorry, I forgot to take photos of several steps. I painted white gesso paint on his hair to fill in the cracks and then fashioned a pair of his signature glasses by glueing two glossy cardboard papers and coloring it with black Sharpie.

Here's a close-up of the glasses.

I added the eyes and brows.

As I let it dry, I cut out a cardboard mitten and painted stripes. It'll be used for a card.

I couldn't find my knife so I stupidly wasted time by poking a line of hole around the frame with a thumb tack until I realized I could just use scissors.

After adding pinkish tones and Sharpie lines, then glueing the glasses on, here it is! Tis the director himself! Mini-fied.

His right side.

His left side.

The back of his head. I even included his bald spot.

I put him back into the Munny box and covered it in the wrapping paper I made. I did a pretty bad job of taping it.

Placed the mitten on top. I folded a long strip of artist tape in half and made a ribbon to tie the box with.

Here it is again. I don't think Woody Allen has ever held a pinwheel in a movie (Correct me if I'm wrong) but there was one included in the box and it helped balance his big head. The reason why I decided to post this blog before Christmas is because we decided to open presents early. He got me a Bamboo digitizing tablet, how wonderful. : )

I’m in the sharing mood so here are some photos of old sculpture projects I did back in college. You can tell it was my favorite class.

Please don’t use any of these photos without my permission.

We worked with clay to make conceptual objects that would look interesting on all sides. No tools.

We twisted chicken wire into an armature before the plaster was put on.

With plaster on. My professor liked how severe the arch was.

I Scotch taped a bunch of cardboard triangles together for the project using planes in order to create a sense of movement.

Before a classmate lent me her digital camera, I was using my iPhone camera and it created this incredible lighting. Looks like a watercolor painting, doesn't it?

These are pieces for the theme of "time" project. I cut and twisted chicken wire together to make blobs which I then Scotch taped and molded white-and-black colored clay all over. I let them dry overnight, then cut through three layers while it was still wet. The drying made some awesome cracks.

A really talented classmate told me she was surprised someone as shy as me could create pieces like these.

My professor was often worried about my progress because I struggled to interpret my ideas to her. She gave me the most pitying eyes when she saw me randomly hot-glueing sticks together. I honestly didn't know what I was doing when I started.

After a few hours of adding sticks to my module, it started to look better. This form was already good to go but I wanted to make it even bigger.

It became my biggest, most ambitious project in the class. It was a tumbleweed chaos made with the simplest materials.

Just a nice photo combo is all.

Please don’t use any of these photos without my permission.