Washi Tape Nails!

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

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

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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Chiyogami Card Holder

June 22nd, 2014

We have these great business card holders at the store. Covered in chiyogami paper they are as sturdy as they are attractive.

3.75 x 2.25"

3.75 x 2.25″

You can fill them with cards you have collected or our gorgeous hand made meishi business card.

Amazing.

Amazing.

Nick

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making a book

June 17th, 2014

I’m the new guy at the store and this is my first blog post, so you’re going to have to bear with me through this. I’ve been wanting to get back into bookbinding for a while now, and starting work here at The Paper Place was the perfect excuse to do so. We have everything you’d need; bone folders, adhesives, assembled book blocks, eska board, mull cloth, and of course a huge selection of beautiful papers for covering.

image-4I started out with some eska board, which I cut down to the size of my medium book block using an utility knife and metal ruler. All that was needed was a quarter sheet of chiyogami and some starch paste to complete the cover of the book. After attaching the book block to the hardcover, I decided to embellish it a touch with a sheet of walnut wood veneer on the inside cover.

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book finishIn the end, the project took about an afternoon plus the drying time for the paste, and I was left with a fresh chiyogami covered journal/sketchbook. A quick and easy way to give a personal touch to your bookshelf, or perhaps a great gift for the more creative minded person in your life.

 

-michael

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