Posts Tagged ‘texture’

Paper, Texture . . . Light.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Working with paper allows me to indulge my spontaneous nature. Experimentation and accident dictate what the final work will look like. I love it when that “light bulb” feeling hits and you know what has to happen next. This particular work started when I decided to dip the ends of some Yuki Gampi pieces that I had left over from another project into some watered down Sumi Ink. I crumpled the paper in my hands when it was dry, which is something I love to do. The sound and the feel of the paper surrendering to my touch drives me “crazy”. I didn’t want the ombred pieces to just lie flat so I needed to think of way to animate them. Light bulb! I cut long strips of Moriki Kozo Azuki and twisted them in my hands to create rope to string everything together. A really boring task that took longer to do than I expected!! I punched holes in the paper using a Martha Stewart screw punch and strung the pieces together. Paper, Texture . . . Light!




St. Armand Watercolour Paper

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

One of our favourite customers Michelle Molligan, from Social Butterfly, an invitation design company, was in the store showing us some of her lovely watercolours. We think they’re amazing, her colour sense is terrific and we wanted to show her work.

4 x 14" Rectangle Piece

4 x 14" Rectangle Piece

12" Circle Piece

12" Circle Piece

 Michelle has done these watercolours on St. Armand Papers. We carry these papers in an assortment of sizes, colours and decorative textures. St. Armand (Montreal) beats their own pulp using mostly cotton from clothing manufacturers’ off cuts. Linen, flax straw and jute are also used in their papers. The pulp is internally sized so that the paper will not act as a blotter. These papers are a weight of 150 lb and are acid free. They’re great for printmaking, bookbinding, painting and watercolour. Scoring, embossing, die cutting and foil stamping also work well.


Everyday Collage

Friday, August 21st, 2009

I often walk to work, and my eyes frequently land on materials that suggest some of the papers I could use in collage. Sometimes it’s the reverse – a new type of paper arrives at the store, and I’ll see a similar surface on the way home, and a new collage idea emerges. Here’s a list of some of the things I see, followed by images of some of the papers I like:

  • Large brush marks in the cement of a driveway
  • Slate tiles
  • Pockmarked concrete panels
  • Ribbed concrete
  • The polished and worn floor of Village By The Grange
  • Weathered fence lumber
  • Big day lilies
  • Fallen leaf stains on the sidewalk
  • Tangle of vines
  • Tree bark
  • Worn leather bike seat
  • Wet cement
  • Grass clippings
  • And rust, rust, rust

Textured Paper 1

Textured Paper 2

Textured Paper 3

Textured Paper 4

Textured Paper 5