Origami: Anti-Aging?

I recently read this New York Times article.

When it comes to mental agility, we’re more likely to think of crosswords than cross-stitch. But neuroscientists suspect that learning a challenging new skill — a new language, a new musical instrument — may be even more effective than mental games at keeping the brain sharp. And quilting is more complicated than it may seem.

Even before I shared this link, my friend already took up quilting as a hobby and her quilts are beautiful.

I do not have the drive to learn quilting but I wanted to learn other skills so I thought of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. This website showed step-by-step instructions. This is what I produced after 2 hours of folding. I used the pages from an old magazine.

From the top; left to right: rose bowl, day lily, lily, 8-petal flower, tulip, cornflower

 Here are some cute origami decors I found in the Internet:

Source: http://harujiondesign.blogspot.com/2011/04/modern-origami-wall-decor.html

 

Source: http://www.bloomize.com/origami-roses/

Source: http://onossocasamento.pt/forum/origami-1

Who wants an origami wedding bouquet?

Source: http://www.weddingoo.com/origami-wedding-bouquet/

Source: http://www.weddingoo.com/origami-wedding-bouquet/origami2/

I should start collecting cute wrapping papers (and quit doing sudoku).

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This is supposed to be Day 21 of the 30-day blogging challenge.

Found my drawings

I learned how to draw in high school. Our art teacher was so good that when I went home for a vacation, it looked like I went to an art school and not a science high school. I had a better grade in art than in science.

I think my mother threw away all my artworks in one of her routine general cleaning. I still have my sketchbook from college. I used to draw when I got bored.

Slippers

My roommate’s water jug.

This is my small chair, the first birthday gift I got  from my roommates. I still have this chair.

From my art class, I learned to sign my work.  (Yep. My age shows.)

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This is supposed to be Day 14 of the 30-day blogging challenge.

From the Top

I found a new trick on my favorite photo-editing software. Sorry I can’t find another model.


Today is Day 12 of the 30-day blogging challenge.

Inspiration: Claude Monet

Taking an inspiration from this Monet painting

water lilies

Photo credit: http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/monet/waterlilies/

I turned this cellphone photo

into this one:

Maybe this one looks a little Monet.

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Today is Day 6 of the 30-day blogging challenge.

iDoodle

Put me in a meeting with a pen and paper and I’d end up doodling. In this Time article, it says that  “doodlers actually remember more than non-doodlers when asked to retain tediously delivered information”. So if you find me doodling in meetings, don’t call my attention because I am already listening. (Palusot!)

In the Internet age, doodling is raised to another level. There are online programs that allow doodlers like me express some creativity.

Can you see what I tried to draw? If you see a house, two trees,  two birds and some potted plants, you are right.  If you see other things, let me know. 😀 I used Scribbler for this one.

In our art class in high school, we were taught how to do still life. If I draw still life without seeing the objects, the easiest I can come up with is drawing of a cup and saucer. I used Scribbler Too for this one.

I was never into abstract art. Jackson Pollock was a popular artist in this style who used drip paint as a medium.  There is an online app that is inspired by Jackson Pollock. It simulates the strokes of a drip paint method without creating a mess and consuming large amount of paint.  Here’s my finished work.

This is quite therapeutic. It is a nice stress reliever.

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Today is Day 1 of the 30-day blogging challenge.

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