Archive for the ‘Art to Inspire’ Category

Creative Party Planning: Interactive Chalkboard Mural

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

One of my favourite memories this summer involved creating an art piece for exclusively vinyl DJs Record Collective at their annual back alleyway party. I was given free reign to do whatever I wanted for the piece, the only parameters being that it needed to be interactive and also cover up some graffiti on a wall. I browsed the store for inspiration and landed on our bottles of chalkboard paint. I had seen a lot of DIY projects involving black chalkboard paint floating around the web, but no multicoloured murals so decided to take on the challenge.


Using one of my favourite Japanese Katazome-shi paper prints as inspiration, I drew out my own simplified version of the multicoloured mountain range, and picked up a few bottles each of our American Craft’s chalkboard paint bottles ($8,95, 250ml each) and a package of our dustless chalk ($2.95).


I began by drawing out a rough outline of my plan on the wall, being sure the design would cover the unsightly graffiti.

Next using painters tape I masked off some details within the mountain range to speed up the the process of painting the mural itself. Once dry this tape would act as a relief and expose the unpainted brick below.


After a long night of taping and painting, once I was sure the paint had completely dried, I went to town peeling away the tape, easily the most gratifying part of the whole process.


The finished result wowed and intrigued guests, who were happy to have a creative activity at the busy event. In the beginning many were hesitant to put their mark on the mural so I set up a table with chalk, a bucket of water, and a sponge so I could demonstrate to guests that the chalk would indeed wash off.


Once a few people started drawing it was hard to keep guests away and at the end of the night there were all sorts of chalk surprises to be found within the Katazome mural. My favourite was this sketch of a muscle man who I couldn’t but help think looks like our coworker Nick.

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The next day I got to take a hose to the wall and wash away all the chalk, leaving behind only my original painting. A clean slate, ready to be drawn on once again. Time to have another party!




Creative Party Planning: Nautical Theme Party

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.




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



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.

bird 1

Using waxed linen thread we strung the birds together.

bird 2

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

bird 3

Tweet Tweet!

bird 4



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.


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


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