Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Crafting with Smile Mercantile - Giveaway

Oh boy, do I have some pretty things to show you today - and even better, there's a chance those of you in the U.S. could win some of them! Valerie Lloyd makes gorgeous paper maché ornaments that sparkle with fine German glass glitter. These shimmering pine cones for example...

Paper Mache Glittered Acorn Ornaments - Smile Mercantile

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Eccentric Misfits and Uncommon Characters - New Paper Sculptures by Patty Grazini

Sculptures created by artist Patty Grazini never fail to amaze... each autumn she delights us with photos of figures she has spent the past year fashioning entirely from paper. While her 2013 collection featured famous artists' muses, this time Patty focuses on women with quirky stories - similar, yet different from 2012's cast of crime-committing characters.

Runaway Bride - Deer Paper Scupture

Runaway Bride - a daughter tricks her expectant groom and runs off with another suitor.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Papercraft Christmas - Book Giveaway

The giveaway has ended - stay tuned for the winner to be announced.

For those of you with little ones at home or simply a love of mid-century folk art with its vibrant colors, Ellen Giggenbach's new book Papercraft Christmas from UK publisher Templar is sure to be appealing.

Papercraft Christmas by Ellen Giggenbach

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Paper Illustration - Anna Kleindinst

Anna Kleindinst is a graphic designer and illustrator in Austria who received a Master's degree in Communication Design just last month. In fact, it was this newly minted mortarboard and diploma she created for graduation party invitations that caught my eye and led me to ask a few questions about her delightful work.

Paper Sculpture Graduation Cap

Monday, November 10, 2014

Paper Crafting Kits from Helen Hiebert - Giveaway

 Congratulations to the winners - Donna and Cathy!

Helen Hiebert, paper maker, artist, and author (Playing with Pop-Ups is her newest book) recently launched a line of high quality paper crafting kits and will be sending a kit of choice to two U.S. commenters. Each kit would be an ideal project to make prior to the holidays as the results are decor and gift-worthy, not to mention crafty family members and friends would enjoy receiving kits to make on their own during long winter evenings.

Window Star Paper Craft Kit - Helen Hiebert

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tapis Series - Lisa Nilsson

Lisa Nilsson's latest quillwork, Tapis Series, is incredibly detailed, almost to the point of making observers shake their heads in disbelief. You might recall her anatomical pieces, Tissue Series and Angelico, that similarly wowed the internet a couple of years ago. Lisa elevates quilling in a way that has never been seen in its hundreds of years as an art form via densely packed coils of quarter-inch mulberry strips, and crimped and shaped gilt paper, all of which she cuts by hand.

Small Red Rug - Tapis Series - Lisa Nilsson
Small Red Rug
quilling dimensions: 9" x 12"
with box, base etc: 12" x 18"

Monday, November 3, 2014

Fun with Washi - Book Giveaway

 Congratulations to winners April Rogers, Debra Norton, and Patti L!

It's giveaway season here at ATP so be sure to check in each Monday to see the latest offering. First up is Zakka Life blogger Jessica Okui's new craft title, Fun with Washi. This handy little book, measuring only about six inches square, has 128 pages filled with clever, modern projects. You'll find novel uses for all those tantalizing rolls of paper washi tape you may or may not have already been tempted to purchase.

Fun with Washi - Book Cover

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Little Circles Quilling - Erin Curet

Erin Curet is a prolific paper roller with a colorful style all her own. She relies on the use of vivid paper strips to paint mosaic pictures that are composed of tightly placed coils. Erin discovered quilling only six years ago, but it has already taken her on quite a journey, both literally and figuratively.

Quilled Mosaic

Monday, October 27, 2014

Miniature Paper Houses Round-Up

It's been nearly five years since I last shared a collection of miniature paper houses and believe me, there's been a home construction boom around the interwebs since then! So here's a new batch of inspiring tutorials and kits... as fast as time flies, it isn't too early to start thinking about a mantel display and tree ornaments too.

Dutch Canal House Luminaries - Kate's Creative Space

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Paper Maché Home Decor - Natalie Wargin

It isn't often that one thinks of paper maché as elegant, but the moment I saw Natalie Wargin's fine decorative pieces, that was the word that sprang to mind.

Paper Maché Faux Bois End Table

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pop-Up Holiday Cards - LovePop Giveaway

 Congratulations to Heather Sebastian, winner of the LovePop Cards Holiday Set!

I can't think of anyone who wouldn't enjoy opening a pop-up card... the unexpected surprise is enough to bring a smile to the Grinch-iest of souls. Of course Christmas and Hanukkah are still quite a few weeks away, but I hope you won't mind this introduction to a brand new line of greeting cards from a small startup called LovePop.

Pop-Up Snowflake Card - LovePop

Founders Wombi Rose and John Wise met while studying naval architecture and marine engineering in college. Led in different directions by employment after graduation, the pair reunited at Harvard Business School. A school project took them to Vietnam this past January where they were wowed by handmade three dimensional cards.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Paper Masks for Halloween

With Halloween just a couple of weeks away I thought it would be fun to search out masks that look great, yet aren't too time-consuming to complete. If you are into spooky things, this skull from Steve Wintercroft's Etsy shop Wintercroft could be just the ticket.

DIY Skull Mask - Wintercroft

Monday, October 13, 2014

Foldable Animal Sculptures: Poligon

Rodrigo Solorzano contacted me recently to introduce Poligon, a Kickstarter project developed by himself and Matthew White who met as students at the Royal College of Art in London. You might wonder why I've chosen to feature this project on All Things Paper because as cool as the metal sculptures are, they're very definitely not made of paper.

Foldable metallic sculptures - Kickstarter project, Poligon

The answer is simple... the project came about due to Rodrigo's interest in folding paper.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Visit to Pulp Culture - Morris Museum

Last week I attended the Pulp Culture: Paper is the Medium Meet the Artists evening at Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey where three of my metallic paper pendants are on display.

Pulp Culture: Paper is the Medium Exhibit
A Harden Nest, 2012
handmade paper, wire, kozo mulberry fiber, flax, iron

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