Archive for March, 2010

Collage Incorporating Japanese Tissues!

Monday, March 29th, 2010

dust_tea_eluk‘Dust Tea’, Eunice Luk

Tarasen Dots” is one of my favourite Japanese Tissues to incorporate into my art lately. It’s translucent quality is excellent to layer with for experimentation. The fun and balanced characteristic of the print adds an interesting layer of texture over any darker collaged work. Think of the possibilities!

Materials – Small left-over pieces of eska board, vibrant photos from old books, and of course, an arranagement of Japanese Tissues.
Tools – Ruler, Detail Scissors, Bone Folder, Pencil, Glue Stick/Rice Paste and a Craft Knife (all available at our Queen Street store in Toronto.)


First, start with a vibrant picture from an old book that interests you. If you are experimenting with Tarasen Dots, try an image that is quite dark in tone – to contrast the white pattern on the tissue.


Next, trim the photo to a desired size and paste it onto the eska board with your glue. I really enjoy how the eska board looks as a border, so I tend to cut a border off around the collaged photograph.


Next, I pasted a drawing that I made on watercolour paper to compose a scene. Have fun with this!


The layering of the tissue begins by cutting your tissue 3/4 of an inch bigger than your final piece – so that you can wrap it behind the board afterward. Once you have that, trace onto the tissue the parts of the collage you want to be revealed and cut those traced areas off with a craft knife on a self-healing mat.



Once you have your tissue traced and cut to size, you can cut the tissue corners like this so it wraps gently and neatly around the edges of the board. On a piece of scrap paper, apply your gluestick to the back of the tissue – be careful around the cutouts and edges. Then gently smooth out the tissue onto the piece, making sure the tissue is not wrinkled. Fold the extra tissue on the side to the back of the piece neatly. Burnish the surface with a bone folder.  You can also define the raised collage parts on the pieces by burnishing around the edges.


Feel free to add different coloured tissues on top of the piece to add colour and depth. I layered small pieces of green tissue on top of my clouds. Explore with drawing directly onto the tissue as well. Make sure to test the medium on a scrap piece of tissue first for the desired appearance. Have fun!


Finished Artwork – for more of my illustrations please check out my website at


Paper Art For A Nursery – On Canadian House & Home

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Canadian House & Home Journalist Sarah Hartill has used our Nepalese paper and garland to decorate a nursery.

Paper Art For A Nursery

Paper Art For A Nursery


Kids Collage Challenge Window!

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Over the March Break we held a Kids Collage Challenge. Kids in the Queen West neighbourhood were invited to pick up a Collage Kit and spend their March Break making a beautiful collage representing Spring! We had an overwhelming response and received many amazing pieces of art work from kids ages 2 to 12 years old. Take a look at all their wonderful creations below or visit the store and see them in person! We’d like to thank all of the kids that participated… they all did a great job!







Tea for Two…?

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Planning a tea party? Dress it up with an Alice in Wonderland paper cut centerpiece!

Paper Cut Centerpiece

Paper Cut Centerpiece

tea party paper cut place cards

tea party paper cut place cards

Another great DIY project found in one of our books, Paper Cuts by Taylor Hagerty.  This book features 35 interesting paper cut projects for many occasions. Templates are included for a variety of flags, wall art, luminaries and hanging ornaments that are easy to make and look awesome. Try it out!

Paper Cuts by Taylor Hagerty

Paper Cuts by Taylor Hagerty


The Paper Architect

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

We love do-it-yourself books, The Paper Architect is a great one. It comes with 20 ready-to-use templates to create cut-and-fold-it-yourself buildings and structures. You can work directly with the templates supplied or photocopy them on to paper or cardstocks of your choice. Projects range from easy to advanced and a history of each structure is provided with the cut-and-fold instructions. The completed structures can be used as gifts or greeting cards. Build something today!