Monday, March 2, 2015

Illustrated Paper Sculpture - Belinda Rodriguez

Belinda Rodriguez is a designer, illustrator, and paper artist living in Los Angeles who is doing wonderfully creative work that combines illustration with paper sculpture. Take a look at two recent series of one of a kind pieces, Inked and Split Personality.

Illustrated Paper Sculpture - Inked Chihiro by Belinda Rodriguez
Inked "Chihiro"

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Crepe Paper Flowers by A Petal Unfolds

With online pals in the unseasonably warm Pacific Northwest already sharing photos of blossoming trees, I found just what I needed to counteract my jealous pangs... a summertime bouquet of crepe paper flowers made by Susan Beech of Brighton, England.

Crepe Paper Rose and Dahlia Bouquet

Monday, February 23, 2015

Altered Book Art and Paper Jewelry - Malena Valcárcel

Today we'll travel to the Mediterranean city of Alicante, Spain to meet book artist Malena Valcárcel. I came across her lovely work on Pinterest and then enjoyed visits to her Behance page and blog.

Altered Book Ballerina Sculpture by Malena Valcárcel

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Art Books Giveaway and Rachel Hazell's PaperLove E-Course

 Congratulations to britthebeau, winner of the books!

Because I often review paper art and craft books, publishers send me titles they think will be of interest. The problem - truly a small one - is that my bookshelves are filling up fast. To remedy the situation, as well as share a bit of joy from my corner of the frozen tundra, I will be sending all four of these new and pristine titles to one lucky person!

More about the giveaway in a sec... first, let me introduce the books.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Paper Quilling by Sena Runa

I love to come across a designer whose work is exploring new territory... that was the case when I noticed the fresh designs of quiller Sena Runa of Turkey. The colorful, yet cohesive palette she favors gives an appealing unity to her art pieces.

Quilled Hot Air Balloon
I Believe I Can Fly 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

VERSO Jewelry by Melanie Brauner

Paper jewelry never fails to get my attention... then take it to the next level by combining abaca paper pulp with silver, copper, and pearls as Melanie Brauner does via her brand new line called VERSO Jewelry, and there's no way I wouldn't instantly plan to showcase it here. So delicate, so unusual... I just had to learn more about the artist and her process.

Cocoon Necklace - VERSO Jewelry
Cocoon Necklace - dip-cast abaca paper with copper beads and freshwater pearls on a sterling silver chain

Monday, February 9, 2015

Quilled Anniversary Certificate - A Behind the Scenes Look

Recently I was commissioned to quill a certificate for a couple who will be celebrating their 15th anniversary in the spring. The wedding color palette was gold and white with yellow accents, and the bride carried yellow lilies which she asked me to include in the design.

Quilled Anniversary Certificate - Detail

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Theater World Papercuts - Hannah Kohl

Recently one of my sons sent over a link to an article in The New Yorker. Knowing how much I enjoy musical theater and anything to do with paper, he had a pretty good idea I'd be interested. Indeed! While reading A Thousand Cuts about writer, producer, and papercut artist Hannah Kohl, I felt as if my worlds had collided in the best possible way.

Aren't We Lucky Paper Cutting in Progress by Hannah Kohl

Monday, February 2, 2015

Paper Paintings - Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson

'Tis the frigid season here in the northeastern U.S. I can't think of a better way to warm things up than to take an imaginary trip to Florida where we'll be introduced to the colorful paper art of Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson.

Palm Tree Collage Painting by Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Valentine's Day Quilled Card Tutorial

Last week I showed how to make a Hearts Askew necklace and now here is another asymmetric heart. I have no idea where this sudden attraction to wonkiness is coming from, but let's just call this design Free Spirit. Sometimes love can take an indirect path, you know?

Quilled Valentine Card Tutorial

Monday, January 26, 2015

Layered Paper Cuttings by Naho Katayama

While scrolling through my Instagram feed first thing Saturday morning, this intriguing suitcase by Naho Katayama of Fukuoka, Japan stopped me in my tracks. So lovely! Because dimension is not something we often see in paper cutting, I clicked over to her website to learn more.

Let's Travel - Naho Katayama
Let's Travel  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Quilled Heart Necklace Tutorial

With Valentine's Day on the horizon, I had fun designing a necklace that could be a gift for yourself or someone you love. Granted, heart jewelry is most often geared to little girls, but perhaps black and silver paper shaped into an asymmetric heart looks somewhat sophisticated. I like to think so anyway... humor me?

Quilled Heart Necklace Tutorial

Monday, January 19, 2015

PaperTrophy Animals by Holger Hoffmann

If you're in need of a project to speed up dull winter days, I have just the ticket... an Indiegogo campaign for creating your own sturdy paper trophy animals was launched recently by Holger Hoffmann of Germany. The standing or wall art figures feature a minimalistic cubic design and a range of sizes... from a small downloadable penguin to a life-size gorilla that will ship as a flat-pack.

PaperTrophy Giant Gorilla on Indiegogo

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cut Paper Decor at Longwood Gardens

I'm taking one last look at the holidays by sharing pictures of beautiful cut paper decorations by Malinda Swain that graced Longwood Gardens in nearby Kennett Square, Pennsylvania during A Longwood Christmas 2014.

Longwood Christmas 2014
 photo by William Hill

Monday, January 12, 2015

Folded Paper Necklaces DIY

It's been years  - years! - since I bookmarked a How About Orange post in which Jessica Jones wrote about making an origami-style necklace. (Show of hands... how many of you still miss that blog as much as I do?) I finally acted on a promise to myself and made several as Christmas gifts for friends and family. Because the design uses such a small amount of paper - each fan is folded from a 1.5 inch (3.8 cm) square - it's a nice way to use up remnants of favorite sheets.

Folded Paper Necklace

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Quilled Bird Cage and More - Licia Politis

You might remember my Australian pal Licia Politis who I met in a Yahoo paper group years ago - we've become fast friends and stay in pretty close touch. Maybe someday we'll actually meet in real life - I hope so!

Licia never fails to amaze me by creating at least one ambitious quilling project each year. Usually it's something she magically completes at the very last minute before the annual Sydney Royal Easter Show competition - and then winds up winning awards!

Quilled Bird Cage

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