Archive for the ‘Art to Inspire’ Category

And It Was Called Yellow

Friday, March 21st, 2014

On a recent trip to somewhere warm I was inspired by the abundance and unabashed use of colour everywhere.

Toronto had a storm that week by the way. HA!

Anyway, this yellow painted staircase brought to mind some of the delightful yellow Nepalese papers that we sell at the store.

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Pictured below are Kongpo yellow with red, Deco yellow and Beans yellow with white. These lotka papers are hand made in Nepal and adapt to almost any project . Here comes the Sun! I hope!

yellow paper

Nick

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Crafting with Crepe

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Recently a friend asked me to make up a batch of French macarons for a small get together she was having. After having made these finicky cookies only a couple times before, I am in no way an expert. But I do know one thing: regardless of how they look, they taste GOOD. I figured that just in case they turned out looking a bit less than impressive (which would be typical), I would make a little something to jazz them up. Enter fun crepe paper cupcake (or in this case macaron) toppers!

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These toppers were super easy to make, and when choosing the type of paper to use there was no question. Crepe paper is perfect for crafts such as this because it is both pliable and has a lot of give which makes it easily manipulated.

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For the candy shaped toppers I used styrofoam balls rolled inside the crepe, and simply tied at each end with a bit of thread. As for the pinwheels, an easy bit of cutting and folding alongside a bit of glue made for a super cute but super easy embellishment! Glue some toothpicks on the back and you’re ready to go!

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Another great thing about crepe paper is the intense saturation and brightness of the colours. For this craft, I choose the orchid colour (to match the macarons) alongside the teal to give a bit of a pop. I chose the double sided yellow/salmon coloured crepe for the pinwheels, which is perfect to use if you’re making something where both sides of the paper are visible.

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Plan yourself some crafts with crepe, and come in and take a look at our rainbow of crepe paper selections. The possibilities are endless!

- Emily

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Featured Artist: Mary Karavos

Friday, February 21st, 2014

I had the opportunity to meet Mary Karavos back in December at The One Of A Kind Craft and Art Show in Toronto. Mary is a paper collage artist from Guelph, Ontario who uses many of the Japanese and Nepalese papers we carry at The Paper Place in her artwork.

Mary Karavos Art

“Life Awaits” Mary Karavos

 

Mary’s work is incredibly detailed and thought out. She has an amazing eye for layering and arranging the papers in a way that almost makes the images come to life. It’s hard to imagine that everything is made from paper. My favourites are her abstract pieces. The layering and colours in each piece is amazing and very inspiring to me.

"Parallel Elements" Mary Karavos

“Parallel Elements” Mary Karavos

Please visit karavosart.com to discover more of Mary’s beautiful art.

We have everything you need to get a start with collage. Japanese papers , adhesives and brushes. Come on in and check it out.

Cheers,

-Leah

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Harajuku Girl Themed Birthday

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

My friend is Harajuku Girl obsessed and it naturally became the theme for her most recent birthday. For her gift I made a simple paper cut and put it in an inexpensive Ikea frame. Holla! As an added bonus I folded cranes using brightly coloured chiyogami and them embellished them with tiny satin bows. Holla, Crane style! Everyone dressed up in costume but I am a not a dress up kind of person so I made some masks to wear. Gwen Stefani eat your heart out. Holla!

Paper Cut Out

Paper Cut Out

Harajuku Cranes

Harajuku Cranes

Crane Detail

Crane Detail

Party Masks

Party Masks

Nick

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Fashion! Pattern! Inspiration!

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Oooh La La! On a recent trip to new York I made the trek to Dumbo (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) to check out a few galleries and to the Brooklyn Museum to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit. Bon! His collection of designs is unbelievable and a must see for anyone interested in fashion, art or design. I wanted to share a couple of photographs that I took and realized that we had a few papers that reflected some of  the genius and whimsy of his work. The papers are part of our Nepalese collection and truly are works of art in their own right.

Mermaid of Guilded Desire.

Mermaid of Guilded Desire.

Scallops with Dots.

Scallops with Dots.

Ahoy!

Ahoy!

Black with white stripes.

Black with White Stripes.

Fashion Checks.

Fashion Checks.

Rhombus.

The Rhombus.

Nick

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