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How-Tuesday: Weaving a Complex Ojo de Dios

Sep 13, 2011

by jayfroggy

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Maybe you’ve made a god’s eye with a couple popsicle sticks at camp one summer in the hazy past, but have you considered the beautifully vast possibilities of this art form?

South Carolina-based Etsy artist Jay Mohler has found a calling making Ojos de Dios (a.k.a. god’s eyes) with up to six sticks, twelve sides, and undulating intricate woven patterns. His creations are constructed from the very same humble materials that many of us associate with a camp craft — colorful yarn and sticks — plus, a healthy dose of ingenuity and a deep interest in Tibetan and Huichol artifacts and mandalas. For this week’s How-Tuesday, Jay has teamed up with local Etsy photographer Emily Munn to create a how-to designed to coach you through the process of crafting your own singular Ojo de Dios, transforming raw materials into a harmonious artwork.

Ojos de Dios, which is Spanish for “Eyes of God,” are made from yarn and sticks by native peoples of Mexico and South America. Native Americans of the Southwestern United States adopted the craft more recently, and the eight sided mandala of the Navajo is the basic pattern that I’ve most often used in my own work.

These instructions are not intended to teach you how to construct one particular ojo, but rather to demonstrate techniques that you can use to improvise and create your own unique design. Let’s get started!


Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Sticks — I use doweling, available at building supply places and hardware stores. You can use 1/4″ for up to 16″, 5/16″ for up 22″ Ojo de Dios, and 3/8″ for up to 32″, and 7/16″ for up to 40″ Ojo de Dios.
  • Yarn
  • Scissors suitable for cutting yarn
  • A yarn needle — A large needle with an eye large enough for yarn to fit through it, and a blunt end where other needles are sharp.

Directions:

1. Planning Your Ojos de Dios: For an eight-sided ojo, consider the overall pattern to be two four-sided ojos joined together. Each set of sticks for these two parts are notched in the middle, about 1/4 the thickness of the sticks, so the two sticks fit and stack closely together. Keeping yarn tight is a problem, so I’ll make small notches, with a file or pocket knife, every inch (closer on a smaller than 12 inch ojo) all along the doweling. Besides holding the yarn from slipping in towards the center, the notches act as guides for keeping the pattern even.

Equally important as the pattern that you weave in an ojo, are the color combinations that you choose. Myself, I tend to stick with colors from the American Southwest. I recommend choosing color combinations that you find especially beautiful in nature. There are also color wheel sites online that might be useful in matching up harmonious colors (such as COLOURlovers), although I’ve always gone by intuition and schemes from nature myself, and drawn inspiration from other artists.

2. Start Weaving: Start with the two sticks that will be the top two of the eventual 8-sided pattern. The way of making the central diamond is exactly the same from the very start, and the pattern that makes that central diamond also holds the first two sticks together.

Holding your first two sticks as illustrated here, cross over the central joining of the sticks, wrap around one stick two times, bringing your yarn to a new starting place, then cross over again, wrap around the next stick, and so on, to build up your central diamond pattern.

From the very beginning, watch to keep the pattern even. Look at both the space between strands of yarn, and the amount the diamond pattern has expanded along each stick. If you’re not satisfied, start over. Errors are easy enough to correct when caught early.

3. Add New Colors: To add to this, cut the old color to where a one inch tail is left, and simply twist the new color to the old, leaving the tails running along the stick. After a couple wraps have securely held the new color in place, you can snip the tails shorter, so they won’t get in the way later.

4. Prepare the Second Set of Sticks: When you are finished with your central diamond, cut the color yarn you are working with, leaving enough tail to tuck under itself to hold it temporarily in place. Prepare your second set of sticks in the same manner. After finishing the central diamond, prepare a second set of sticks with a solid color diamond, to be used behind the central diamond. I always make this second diamond slightly larger than the first, so it shows up well in the finished ojo.

5. Attach the Two Sets of Sticks: Now comes the trickiest part. Most commonly I use a dagger pattern at this point to hold the two sets of sticks together. Choosing my next color yarn, I start the new color by securing it over the tails of the last color one twist under itself, leaving a tail running down beside the earlier color. Now, holding the sets of sticks together with thumb and forefinger, I use my other hand to bring the yarn underneath both from where I started, as illustrated.

This stage, so near the beginning of the project, is the most difficult stage, so take your time with it, and don’t be afraid to unwind and start over again if the dagger pattern you are creating to hold the sets together doesn’t look quite right. Remember, once you have this stage down, everything else will be relatively easy-going.

Surprisingly, with just one strand of yarn running underneath, and wrapped twice around the opposite end of your starting stick, your ojo is already sturdy enough that you can now twirl the ojo to continue wrapping. In this case I went back and forth four times, then did the same temporary tie as when ending the diamond, by tucking the cut end underneath itself once, leaving a tail long enough to start a new color later. Be careful to keep things centered, and remember, although the ojo at this point may seem horribly wobbly and unwieldy, it will now grow stronger with every wrap of yarn that strings underneath the two sets, holding it all together with more and more strands of yarn as the pattern grows.

6. Continue Weaving: As you work, use your fingernails to push the strands of yarn into a nice even pattern. Throughout any ojo I create, I’m constantly making tiny little adjustments with my fingernails, both on the front and back sides. Be sure to keep adjusting the sticks to be evenly distanced from each other, as well as evenly balanced on top of each other. With practice, making all these little, but necessary, adjustments, will become automatic.

With this ojo in the illustrations, I’ve decided to do what I call a kaleidoscope pattern, where I switch colors frequently, alternating between the two original sets of sticks with interwoven diamonds. First I wove the orange, then the gold added with the yarn, in the way I almost invariably add onto a pattern, running underneath the earlier color. These beginning diamonds have three rows of yarn each, wrapping twice around each stick, unless I adjust how far along the stick the pattern is growing, by either wrapping once, or perhaps even three times. Occasionally I’ll use my thumbnail to gently push a pattern into a more agreeable looking place.

A challenge for me with this type of ojo, is to try and avoid any part of the pattern looking like a boring square, or box, sitting flat. We see all too much of that kind of shape in our lives: walls, buildings, TVs, and so much more!  I think that circles and interlocking diamonds are so much more agreeable to the eye in an ojo. The other main challenge is to use colors in a harmonious and pleasing way. Be sure there is enough contrast between adjoining colors, so that they don’t blend too easily into each other and create a kind of uneasy blurring of the line between them. Also, though, try hard not to have two adjoining colors clash sharply.

7. Keeping Color in Mind: It’s important, besides following the well known guides of the color wheel (search for online help if needed) to be aware of how color types fit together: primary colors; pastel colors, jewel tones, and earth tone colors. Some people would say not to mix these different types. I say, mix carefully, and be aware of the effect that the different types have. I often mix in a couple jewel tones with a mainly earth-toned ojo, using the jewel tones for highlights. I like that kind of effect a lot. Pastel tones can also be used for highlights against a background of earth tones.

I’ll start creating an ojo with as many as fifteen or twenty balls of yarn beside me to choose from, but usually narrow the colors down to seven, or maybe nine, for an ojo of this size. For one of my much larger ojos, I might actually use fifteen colors. I’ve found that it’s generally a good idea, once you have used a certain color, to repeat it again later in your design, rather than have any one color stand alone. Also, it’s often best to pick out one or two colors to be your dominant color theme, and let all other colors play lesser roles. However, any and all generalities about color I’ve made here, I’ve broken many times in my own creations, so never feel bound by rules, but rather try to let intuition lead you to the highest of artistic creativity, if at all possible!

8. Weaving Patterns: In this particular ojo, after a bit of contemplation, I decide to add a bold, simple pattern, to balance out the quick changes I’ve woven so far. Here I’ve added four rows of a mossy green, then one row of a bronze color, then two more rows of the green. To prepare for the next stage, which will be orange going to all of the sticks, I’ll snip the yarn seen closest to the bottom of this photo short, and start the pattern from the stick which you see here in my hand.

Next, I weave to every third stick, and wrapping around the sticks twice on average, I make an eight pointed star pattern. With this pattern, the angle to and from each stick is very sharp, and you can easily wrap three times around each stick without your yarn bunching up at all. Also, its a good time to really even up your pattern, as there is more flexibility than at other points in the process to wrap the yarn more times, or fewer times, around each stick and still not show too much of either separation between the strands of yarn or to have the yarn bunch up too closely together.

9. Creating a Border: Finally I add the border, wrapping on average once per stick. On the last time around, I might give some extra wraps to the stick ends; the last chance to make the pattern come out even. When I get back to the starting stick for the last time, I cut a tail two or three inches long, and wrap three or four times around the stick, tucking the end of the yarn underneath itself once on each turn around the stick. The tail left at the very end I cut to about one inch in length, and tucked it in between the wrapped stick and ojo border, on the back side.

10. Adding Embellishments: The ojo could be declared finished right here, but I usually add some embroidery to the border, using a yarn needle. In this ojo I’ve chosen to embroider a fairly complex circular design. When I curve back at the two ends of such a design, I find it’s best to run the yarn underneath the back strands of that section of the design, to hold the last stitch properly in place.

Experiment a bit as you make this type of design, and try and find a balance between the design made by the yarn, and the spaces created in between the design elements. I encourage everyone to try adding needlework to your ojos. The design possibilities are endless, and you can truly make an ojo your own with a new and unique bit of needlework. Designs can also be added to parts of the ojo before the
border, and can even be used to pull the yarn of an ojo into a new position. After getting the working end of the needlework yarn back to the starting position, I tie the two ends together with a square knot.

11. Finishing: The final step is to add a loop to the backside for hanging the ojo.

You can find many examples of Ojo de Dios possibilities in my Etsy shop, and also in a Facebook group I started, Ojos de Dios, Yarn Mandalas of the World, where weavers from many countries around the globe have showcased their work. Happy weaving to you!

If you make your own Ojo de Dios, share a photo with us in the Etsy Labs Flickr group.

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102 comments

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 4 years ago

    Beautiful! I can imagine a small wall collage of these together, happy bursts of color :)

  • JewelryByJLy

    JewelryByJLy said 4 years ago

    Wow! These are way better than the ones I made from grade school! Definitely taking this tutorial for an afternoon with my nieces & nephews! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry said 4 years ago

    I love your shop!!! I have come across it a while back and I am so happy to see you featured :-) Amazing, eye popping art and beautiful craftsmanship!

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 4 years ago

    Beautiful, I remember doing this as a kid. How fun, and lots of patience. Nice artwork.

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 4 years ago

    This is amazing! My son just learned how to do the simple ones at camp...and he was thrilled with it. Maybe we can graduate to something this detailed...????!!!!

  • SweetandDandyVintage

    SweetandDandyVintage said 4 years ago

    Been a favorite shop of mine for quite some time now...beautiful work! Thanks Jay, for sharing your awesome technique, and Julie for showcasing it!

  • RareDesign

    RareDesign said 4 years ago

    Very cool, you make it look easy, but I know it isn't!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 4 years ago

    Just fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • PonderandStitch

    PonderandStitch said 4 years ago

    Really lovely work! I've been eyeing these for a long time...so pretty!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 4 years ago

    Interesting article, I have some good memories of making some of them myself long ago. Thanks for sharing.

  • DirtyLush

    DirtyLush said 4 years ago

    uber cool x

  • sparrowgrey

    sparrowgrey said 4 years ago

    Really cool; my grandmother used to do something similar and I loved to watch her create those patterns. Thanks!

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 4 years ago

    Great project for kids to do at holiday family gatherings this year.

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 4 years ago

    Oh, they are so gorgeous ~ I've always been fascinated by the simplicity & power of the 'God's Eye'.....fantastic! I'm so glad you got featured, you deserve it. :) Heidi

  • gemagenta

    gemagenta said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!!!!

  • KnittyTurks

    KnittyTurks said 4 years ago

    love it! And they look so fun to make!

  • BRHDesigns

    BRHDesigns said 4 years ago

    Absolutely stunning! Love the colors. Thanks so much.

  • jayfroggy

    jayfroggy said 4 years ago

    I've had free instructions for years now on my website, ojos-de-dios.com, and some people have used them and RUN with it ...... creating Ojos de Dios more incredible then any I ever made. With the seeds planted by my sharing, now poeple are weaving such creations in several different countries around the world. Recently, for anyone feeling the need for extra help, I've started offering more complete instructions for sale on my etsy.com shop ..... complete with not only more details, but links to videos I've made :)) I love sharing my craft, and etsy.com has been a wonder boost for my life as weaver of Ojos de Dios :))

  • hoopdaloop

    hoopdaloop said 4 years ago

    these are awesome! thanks for the how-to! definitely one of the best :)

  • HelloMountains

    HelloMountains said 4 years ago

    I love this!!! It's beautiful!!! ;)

  • quabbinhill

    quabbinhill said 4 years ago

    So cool….brings back memories of my craft filled childhood...

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 4 years ago

    I still have a simple one I made in Girl Guides hanging in my room. Wow, I had no idea that they could be elaborated into such stunning pieces.

  • goldenhaze

    goldenhaze said 4 years ago

    LOVE this!!! Such a treat to see the creations from this amazing shop featured in this How-Tuesday: each one of Jay's ojos is a dream!! Thank you so much for sharing this colorful beauty. :)

  • adoreneko

    adoreneko said 4 years ago

    Amazing how yarn and sticks could yield such beautiful artwork. Love how this is appropriate for all ages - not just for camp.

  • aRepurposefulLife

    aRepurposefulLife said 4 years ago

    these are absolutely stunning, and how sweet of you to share! I can hardly wait to try this at home!!! TY, TY, TY!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 4 years ago

    Your Ojos are gorgeous! And far superior to the ones we used to make in school. Thank you for the wonderful instructions, now I know what to do with my yarn scraps!

  • GreenEyeGirlDesigns

    GreenEyeGirlDesigns said 4 years ago

    Wow, that is really amazing! I never thought to do something that intricate. I'm an art teacher, and this looks like something my advanced students would like to do. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  • Saxiib

    Saxiib said 4 years ago

    I love love love love this! I can't wait to make some! Thank you for sharing!

  • stockannette

    stockannette said 4 years ago

    Thanks for pointing out another use for yarn!

  • theresahutnick

    theresahutnick said 4 years ago

    Oh my, How wonderful is this! Super cool. I'm going to make some time to try to make one. Thank you for sharing! :)

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 4 years ago

    So beautiful!

  • aymujer

    aymujer said 4 years ago

    Your shop has been a favorite of mine for a while now. I love the colors you use. Thank you for sharing so generously with your technique!

  • AliceCloset

    AliceCloset said 4 years ago

    OMG!! Love love your work!! Cool! I added your shop to my favorites ^___^

  • MandyBesek

    MandyBesek said 4 years ago

    Jay, I love your work! It really does bring about an inner calmness.

  • VeraVague

    VeraVague said 4 years ago

    very cool, Jay. Thanks for sharing!

  • AliKan

    AliKan said 4 years ago

    So nice, its beautiful when you get the opportunity to experience another culture.

  • yesh

    yesh said 4 years ago

    I had no idea you could make complex ones like these.I have made ones with no variations so I am anxious to try this.

  • ChipsOfFantasy

    ChipsOfFantasy said 4 years ago

    Oh gosh, so beautiful! I feel like doing lots of them!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 4 years ago

    i used to make these as a kid!!! i love the bright, bold colors!

  • needleyou

    needleyou said 4 years ago

    Oh my goodness! Thank You for sharing this. Those are gorgeous & so colorful. : )

  • antiquelace23

    antiquelace23 said 4 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous work! Well done! Thank you for sharing!

  • handmaderomance

    handmaderomance said 4 years ago

    absolutely gorgeous! thanks for sharing x

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 4 years ago

    Wow love how colourful these are, except I can't decide which side I like more the front or back!

  • dekoprojects

    dekoprojects said 4 years ago

    I didn't know that form of art. I find it very difficult. So more I admire people who can do this.

  • yarnabeescreations

    yarnabeescreations said 4 years ago

    beautiful! I will have to try this. Thanks so much for sharing

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox said 4 years ago

    Lovely work.

  • PageantCouture

    PageantCouture said 4 years ago

    GREAT JOB!!!

  • foxegurl266

    foxegurl266 said 4 years ago

    These are beautiful!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 4 years ago

    Beautiful works!

  • joypompeo

    joypompeo said 4 years ago

    These are beautiful mandalas! So mesmerizing.

  • jungledread

    jungledread said 4 years ago

    Bam! What a colour bomb!

  • IndiiRocks

    IndiiRocks said 4 years ago

    These are awesome!!! will have to do the tutorial soon!!!

  • BahCreations

    BahCreations said 4 years ago

    WOW..your ojos are beautiful..I use to do these in the 70's..I recently tried to do large ones but got stuck and tangled up..I like the tutorial and plan to follow the directions..I'm just starting my shop up so I've been doing alot of research here on Esty. Again beautiful work.

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 4 years ago

    Wow, this is truly a work of art! I will leave it to the professional/s to make! Very beautiful! I can stare at it forever!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 4 years ago

    Awesome times 1000!

  • spontaneousreality

    spontaneousreality said 4 years ago

    you just blew my mind...so beautiful! thanks for sharing these wonders!

  • Leatherworks4U

    Leatherworks4U said 4 years ago

    Absolutely stunning!

  • Alliaks

    Alliaks said 4 years ago

    What colors, beautiful!!!

  • knittingcate

    knittingcate said 4 years ago

    stunning!!!!! I wanna try!!!!

  • LyntonLeaKnitwear

    LyntonLeaKnitwear said 4 years ago

    Really beautiful and a great way to use up left over yarn.

  • linziloop

    linziloop said 4 years ago

    This is the most awesome tutorial for something to make I have seen on Etsy yet

  • GratitudeLady

    GratitudeLady said 4 years ago

    Hi, I'm from Albuquerque, and these are far more lovely than the ones I've seen around here my whole life!!! I've tried making these (years ago) and believe me...they were not a pretty sight! LOL You have a wonderful artistic eye for these and for color! I love your shop!!!

  • niceorange

    niceorange said 4 years ago

    This is absolutely stunning! The colors and the patterns work so well together! wonderful work! thank you for sharing!

  • SimplicityCraftsPlus

    SimplicityCraftsPlus said 4 years ago

    This is wonderful. It takes me back to when I was 12 and I belonged to a club in which (of course) we did a very simplistic version. I have always loved these.

  • CoCoSam64

    CoCoSam64 said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous items- I'm glad something we all learned in grade school is not going out of style- but being expanded so beautifully and amazingly by you and others. I never had the skill- but your art is extraudinary.

  • Justlena

    Justlena said 4 years ago

    Amazing!Love the colors in your works!

  • claymax

    claymax said 4 years ago

    LOVELY. GORGEOUS. AMAZING. ONE OF THESE DAYS I WILL TRY ONE.

  • SundayOwl

    SundayOwl said 4 years ago

    I LOVE your colors and art!!! Thank you for teaching us!!!

  • FantasticDIY

    FantasticDIY said 4 years ago

    WONDERFULLL!!!!!!!!! The coolest things I've seen these days!!!!

  • FantasticDIY

    FantasticDIY said 4 years ago

    I love EVERY item in your shop!!!

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 4 years ago

    Amazing String Art!!!

  • rosenu2

    rosenu2 said 4 years ago

    Thanks to Julie for seeking out this weaving craft ... A special thanks to Jay for sharing ... An explosion of color well exicuted .... Wonderful ...

  • MoranArtandQuilts

    MoranArtandQuilts said 4 years ago

    I have always admired these! Just gorgeous colors.

  • BrandyLayton

    BrandyLayton said 4 years ago

    Truly an inspiration, My son loves to make these for me, maybe we can incorporate this is as a wall piece for his room! Thanks a bunch!

  • McKenzieBlueEyes

    McKenzieBlueEyes said 4 years ago

    WOW! These are amazing! I'm going to attempt to make one!

  • TheInspiredTrader

    TheInspiredTrader said 4 years ago

    How very kind to give us a free tutorial! You have a beautiful shop! Thanks!

  • artropology

    artropology said 4 years ago

    Those are so cool!!

  • NetWorth

    NetWorth said 4 years ago

    I appreciate your generously sharing "advanced ojo making". Your work is a revelation and the color palate you use is gorgeous.

  • hazelstark

    hazelstark said 4 years ago

    WOWSER! Going to have a play today, what a great way to use up the last bits of yarn, I'm got plenty, fun!

  • irinaglazunova

    irinaglazunova said 4 years ago

    Beautiful works! Thanks!

  • ILoveLune

    ILoveLune said 4 years ago

    Jay, I didn't know you were featured on the blog - this is a great tutorial! I love ojo's and consider you my hero in this respect! Weave on brother!

  • LisamariesPiece

    LisamariesPiece said 4 years ago

    Complex simplicity....I am in love! Beautiful work!

  • milkire

    milkire said 4 years ago

    These look amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. :D I'm definitely going to try this out.

  • cottoncandybubblegum

    cottoncandybubblegum said 4 years ago

    Ohmygosh! thank you so much for showing this! I have had you in my favorites for a long time trying to decipher how you make the eyes as complicated as they are. I am trying this as soon as possible

  • Induvit

    Induvit said 4 years ago

    Thank you very much !!!

  • picklehead

    picklehead said 4 years ago

    Wow! these are really beautiful! thanks so much for sharing this :)

  • BohoAmericana

    BohoAmericana said 4 years ago

    Wonderful I used to make very simple versions. Now I am inspired to experiment. Lots of left over yarn laying around here in my home..

  • Bobbejo

    Bobbejo said 4 years ago

    How very interesting. I made these years ago and won ribbons at the State Fair with thiem. Didn't know they were back again. Maybe I will try it again.

  • lefthandedcraftclub

    lefthandedcraftclub said 4 years ago

    Amazing ! This is my new passion. My mother is teaching me. All my family members have own Mandalas :)

  • Ayca

    Ayca Hoser from Ayca said 4 years ago

    Oh my! Trully amazing & interesting! Great shop. Thank you for sharing these great work!

  • ClayLickCreekPottery

    Karen Fiorino from ClayLickCreekPottery said 4 years ago

    WOW! I can see a simplified version for my art students....6,7,8th graders.

  • ideology

    ideology from ideology said 4 years ago

    So gorgeous! Love this shop - so creative and beautiful!

  • PineDweller

    Sue from PineDweller said 4 years ago

    Amazing - really would look wonderful in my southwest house. This is a great shop.

  • JenniferTammy

    Jennifer Tammy from JenniferTammy said 4 years ago

    So excited! I actually just bought yarn to experiment with Ojos de Dios last week, but have been a bit intimidated. Thank you, Jay, for sharing your skills set with us.

  • wendisullivan

    WES from AJoyfulArt said 4 years ago

    Exciting to see and so beautiful!

  • Gaba08

    Gabriela Alejandra Bengolea said 4 years ago

    Me encantó! Muchas gracias por regalarnos esta enseñanza! Besos desde Argentina.-

  • ImaniRine

    Imani Simmons said 4 years ago

    This is amazing! I use to make things like this in my younger days when I did Arts and Crafts in an after school program. I've been so busy with school, I really want to get back to working with my hands and learning a life-long trade.

  • VintageAndSupply

    Marie from VintageAndSupply said 4 years ago

    WoW! Thanks so much for sharing your work w/ others. I am going to love attempting this unique art form.

  • L2Country

    L2Country from L2Country said 4 years ago

    Wow...these OJOS are beautiful.... Great Article.... TXS!

  • sandboxcastle

    H Wang from sandboxcastle said 4 years ago

    Wow - i love all these yarn wrapping fold art / hand crafts (like this and japanese temari balls) - but you all make it look soooo easy XD (i can never seem to get them right). Beautiful!

  • 3LittleKittensStudio

    Pam from 3LittlePhotons said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing this!!! Amazing! Can't wait to give it a try. XOX

  • creativeMAG

    Cristina Parus from CreativeMagArt said 264 days ago

    Lovely! would be great to create one of that!

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