Archive for the ‘Art to Inspire’ Category

Captivating Glances

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Ato Seitu is a compelling artist whose work draws you in and commands your attention. Ato, born in Kingston Jamaica, has been living in Canada since 1963 and creating his captivating images for over 30 years. Mostly using pen, pencil and acrylic, Ato frequently incorporates our Chiyogami paper in his work.

Below is just a sampling of his distinct work and his website atoseitu.com is a must visit.

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Nick

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Washi Tape Nails!

Monday, July 7th, 2014

I’ve been wanting to try out washi tape nails for a while now and with such amazing patterns and colours I just couldn’t resist any longer. It’s a little finicky at first, but once you get a system going it’s pretty quick and easy! To do your own, all you need is:

- A roll of your favourite washi tape
- A pair of scissors (the smaller the better)
- Nail clippers
- Something to flatten out the creases from the washi (I used a cuticle tool)
- Clear top coat
-Base polish (optional)

Here’s how I did it!

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Before I started, I did a quick coat of white nail polish just to make the tape pop a bit more, but it isn’t totally necessary. I then cut the washi tape into strips long enough to cover my entire nail and have a bit extra.

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I then flattened out the washi tape onto my nail, and used the cuticle tool to create an outline around it. I’ve also seen a pencil used to trace around the nail, but decided against it as it marks up the tape.

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Next I took the tape off my nail and used scissors to cut around the outline/crease I had made. I reapplied it to my nail and did my best to flatten out all the creases. I left the length of the tape long and then used nail clippers to shape the tape to my nail.

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…Repeat times ten, topcoat, and you’ve got a super easy and fun manicure! I think in total the whole process only took about 25 minutes. Not to mention how much more cost effective this is in comparison to nail strips, or even polish!

And just as a teaser…here is part of our washi tape selection here at the store.

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Happy taping!

-Emily

 

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Mesmerizing Paper Cuts

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Recently, I came across the ever so detailed, intricate paper cuttings of Elsa Mora and fell in love.  She completes each of her imaginative paper cuts by hand with an X-Acto knife and self healing mat.

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I find the delicacy of her work very inspiring, I think the next paper project on my list is to delve into my own exploration of the craft. If you’re interested in trying your hand at paper cutting we have numerous books at the store to help get you started. Have a flip through ‘Paper Cutting’ for some inspiration-the beautiful cover is the work of Elsa Mora. 

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If you would like to see more of Elsa’s work you can visit her website at www.artisaway.com

 

Happy paper cutting!

-Abby

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Constellation Charts

Friday, June 27th, 2014

I made two Constellation Charts for a friend of mine.  They’re all the constellations that can be seen in the night sky, in Canada, in June and October.

Star ChartsI used the Sumi-e ink on the 6×8″ pieces of Etchu Hagaki for the background.  Using a Metallic Silver Sharpie I drew the oval and the Roman Numerals.  The holes were created using an awl as well as the Martha Stewart Screw Punch for the larger ones.  I then connected the dots with a pencil.

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I liked the subtle look of the pencil on the black ink.  You get a different experience close-up and far away.  I used floating frames to really let the light shine through the holes.

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Jax

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Fresh Folds

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

A few years ago, inspired by some simple origami my partner Jeff had been playing around with, my dear friend and photographer Evonne asked him to collaborate on a series of photos. Evonne headed to The Paper Place, collected origami papers that suited the feeling she wanted to capture, and picked up the book ” Folding Techniques for Designers” by Paul Jackson.

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Hundreds of pieces of paper and crisp precise folds later ( I watched this all happen from my couch) an array of beautiful geometric models were born.

Evonne shot the pieces close up, in a studio with bright natural lighting. The photos have been made into large scale prints, the images so wonderful, it’s hard to tell if it’s a painting, a photo, or that its even an image of paper. These pieces have been shown at the Trinity Bellwoods Art Crawl and were feature at the 2013 Artists Project.


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You can see more of Evonne’s artwork at http://www.evonnebellfleur.com

Thanks for taking a look!

Jo

 

 

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