Posts Tagged ‘paper crafts’

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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I seem to have become a…

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

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Since starting my position at The Paper Place, I seem to have become a paper hoarder. Paper sneaks its way into my craft drawer with no definite plan of action, other than to look pretty. This is fine by me though, it’s nice to have a stash for whenever inspiration strikes.

I recently decided I could no longer take the brutally boring beige walls of my new apartment, put homework on hold and made some verrrryy simple wall art. The paper I used for this project is called Rhombus and it’s a bold handmade Nepalese paper (we just received some new custom colours of these papers that you should definitely check out!). I had some different sizes of wood canvases hanging around just begging to be put to use so I covered them in the rhombus pattern to arrange on the wall with the clock that was already hanging. To adhere the paper to the wood I used rice paste. I learned the hard way that the dye on the Nepalese papers may bleed slightly with wet mediums, so be cautious of how much rice paste you use- a small amount will do the trick!

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I also finally had a chance to hang up the adorable Cavallini paper I had bought a few months ago to add some much needed colour. I used a mint green polka dot tape to stick it to the wall to avoid any damage to the paint.

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I still have quite a few sheets of paper to find a good project for. This sheet of Chiyogami will be my next paper venture although I’m not positive what it will transform into just yet. This particular pattern of Chiyo has just recently been discontinued despite it’s undeniable cuteness. We have quarter sheets available for $3.00 so grab it before it’s gone!

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Thanks for reading!

-Abby

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Chi-chi-chi-chiyogami Nails!

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

I wanted to add a little bit more chiyogami to my daily life, so I chiyogami-ed my nails. To do so I used a pair of scissors, nail file, nail clippers, nail glue, clear polish to create this look along with the paper.

Using tracing paper (you could use any kind of thinner paper), I traced and cut out templates for each of my nails.  I numbered them, left hand and right hand, so I wouldn’t get confused later when cutting out the chiyogami pieces.

After cutting out each piece I then used the nail glue to attach them to my nails.  I put a small dot of glue on the middle of my nail and pressed the chiyo onto it letting it set for a minute.  I then put a little bit more glue around the sides to adhere them down.  If you’re trying this, be careful not to glue your fingers together or to the paper.  I found that using the tip of my nail file to press the paper to the sides of my nail worked best.  Make sure to follow the instructions of the glue you purchase for safe application.

Once the glue was fully dried I added a clear top coat to help protect them.  I cleaned up the edges by cutting or filing off any excess paper or glue with my nail tools. The colours in the paper darked once adhered and coated on my nails.  I really liked the finished product.


I used 445C, a fun green and gold stripe one week, and  619C, a soft floral the following week.

Try it for yourself at home and enjoy!

Jax

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