Pergola Pazzazz

After giving the pergola a Christmas makeover it seems to have stirred up some party-mad pergola pazzazz! I have now made six different Christmas themed pergolas for friends – each different in keeping with the spirit of no two snowflakes being identical. I design them in Illustrator and cut them with my Craft Robo. The sides incorporate snowflakes I designed some time ago – toppers repurposed by welding them to the side structures.

This is the last one I made and is smaller than those in the previous pictures, not by a lot, but enough to give it a touch of daintiness. The main structure – a slice form,  is made up from silver Conqueror concept and the inner snowflake from Conqueror metallic champagne paper.

Pergola Christmas Makeover

As intended, I  gave my pergola a Christmas makeover. Here it is! It’s the same sliceform structure I used last time but the side panels have been replaced with welded snowflakes and the arched canopy has had some stars cut out. I topped it with a mini Christmas tree and will touch up with a light dusting of fine glitter to finish it off.  I also slotted together a snowflake to dangle from the top so that the middle has something to draw the eye as well.

I’m going to get some battery tea-lights this weekend and looking forward to putting it out early December. There’s still a quarter of a year to go so am not going to get too excited but I will be making some snowflake sliceforms to join up into chains to dangle here and there round the house. Let’s see how they turn out first!

A couple of trellis bits for you

I know lattice and trellis work is easy. Simple repeating elements inspired by architecture, nature, etc. but so pretty to use in your design work. They lift plain featureless papercraft and give it new dimension and texture.

Here are a couple for you. I may be teaching granny to suck eggs here, but if not, enjoy.

The .GSDs are zipped here for you:

Zipped up lattice .GSDs

and as an SVG

You can use these for all sorts of things. Following the tutorial you can see how easy it is to create other patterns – simple shapes  welded together and repeated. I made some ironwork railings  in this way and used them to make the sides of a domed sliceform pergola. It’s about 150mm  square and is quite delicate but there’s enough tension in the structure to keep it stable. I hope you like it. This was a prototype as I hadn’t worked with arched elements previously – though I am more than happy with how it turned out.

I will be remodelling the sides to give it a Christmassy theme and include something nice to fill the middle space. A battery operated tealight in the middle will make it a perfect decoration.

Lots of butterflies!

There has been an absolute explosion of butterflies here in the last day or two. Peacocks everywhere dancing around the flowers, sometimes singles, sometimes in pairs! It reminds me of the Spiral ‘pop-ups’ that were popular last summer. I remember making lots of butterfly cards, one way or another including some from this technique. Happy Days!

Remember them? Weren’t they cute?

Illustrator Tutorial – Basic Transform and Pathfinder Functions

Just a quickie to outline some basic Transform Effects, Transform Each and Pathfinder functions. It’s mainly for crafters with an eye to outputting to a cutting machine like the Craft Robo but the principles are no different for welding, subtracting, duplicating, etc, as they are in usual graphics.

PDF tutorial

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