Archive for the ‘Art to Inspire’ Category

Creative Party Planning: Nautical Theme Party

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

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After the success of this past New Year’s Eve Masquerade Photobooth, good friends Evan and Rich asked me to help them decorate their Palmerston apartment once again for their annual nautical themed summer costume party. With so many nautical gems hidden throughout The Paper Place I couldn’t wait to bring them all together and help make their apartment a little bit more sea-worthy.

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Blue triangle flag bunting ($5.95) was strung above the bar area, while our Italian Decorative Papers ($4 per 19.5 x 27″ sheet) were used to add detail to drink dispensers.

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Wave motifs were cut from some of our Obonai Feather and Momi papers ($4-4.50 per 21 x 31″ sheet) and taped behind the couch to create a fun backdrop for guests sitting on the sandy coloured cushions.

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Our Sailing Kite (Yes, it’s a kite!) acted both as a handy costume prop and decorative centrepiece ($34.95).

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Using a glue stick I adhered one of our gold anchor dresden trims ($7.95 for a pack of 22) to a piece of Katazome-shi paper and washi taped it to the door so guests could easily find the party. This paper would later inspire a knot-tying contest between hosts on the apartment’s upper deck.

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Polaroids hung on a string with our mini clothes pegs ($4.95 for a pack of 50) were backed by sheets of our tall ships gift wrap ($4 per 20 x 30″ sheet) in the hallway so party guests could relive memories of years prior.

Interested in hosting your own nautical party? Be sure to pay us a visit. There is a pirate’s bounty of treasure and inspiration to be found.

-Justine

 

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Artist Spotlight: John Werlich

Monday, June 29th, 2015

I’m continually amazed and impressed to discover what some of the artists that frequent our shop do with our papers. John Werlich is a skilled paper artist who creates beautiful mosaic style scenes with some of our Chiyogami and Japanese decorative papers. A descendant of artists, his great-grandfather being a master weaver, John has inherited a great skill and perfected a practice that requires a keen sense of attention to detail and precision. I particularly love the dramatic contrast John achieves by using our black and gold Tairei papers in so many of his backgrounds. Be sure to click each image below to enlarge them and view their details.

geometricGeometric #1 from Geometric series

georgian BayNorthern Pines #1 (3) from Georgian Bay series

gnarled pinesGnarled Pine #2 ‘ayr’ from Gnarled Pine Series

northern landscapeNorthern Landscape ‘ayr’ from Northern Landscapes Gallery

wetland2Wetland ‘ayr’ from Wetlands Series

To see more of John Werlich’s art, learn more about his practice, or inquire about prices visit www.artfrompaper.com.

-Justine

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Hello Birdie!

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Here’s a great idea for making a mobile for a baby’s room … study … or … anywhere. Using Chiyogami paper we folded these birds from the Robin pattern in Florence Sakade’s book ORIGAMI – JAPANESE PAPER FOLDING.

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Using waxed linen thread we strung the birds together.

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Not wanting to perform a “balancing act” we simply hung the winged ones from a KIKKERLAND PHOTO MOBLIE.

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Tweet Tweet!

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Nick

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Origami Flower Card

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Spring is here, and I thought I would fold some Origami flowers. I found a variety of origami flower inspiration in the book, “Origami Flowers” by Kazuo Kobayashi.

For this project I used the Morning Glory instructions found on page 23. It was a fairly simple flower to fold.

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After I had folded a variety of Morning Glory flower sizes, I arranged and pasted them on a card, made of Nepalese paper.

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This card was super fun and easy to make. I’m going to send it to my mom for Mother’s Day. :)

-Margaret

 

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Washi Tape Keyboard

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

A few months ago when thinking about what else I could possibly cover with washi tape next, it occured to me…laptop keyboard!

Here’s how it turned out:

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Basically I chose my tapes, then made a quick template for the key sizes and went to it! I’d suggest choosing tapes that are either a lighter colour or have some white spaces (like the plus sign tape above) so that you’re still able to see which keys are which. The navy with polka dots that I chose is a bit dark, but if I put my keyboard backlight all the way up I can still figure out what’s what.

Here are some fun colour and pattern combos to try out on your own keyboard!

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Fun Florals

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Bright and geometric!

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And last but not least…travel/airmail themed!

So go ahead and try it for yourself! We have these tapes, plus many many more in the store, and we frequently get new ones. I’m happy to report that after about 5 months of use, my keyboard makeover is still holding up quite well.

Happy taping!

-Emily

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