Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Crepe Paper Holiday Wreath Tutorial from Sarah Dennis

I'm thrilled to feature this pretty wreath to launch the Christmas season of making! Of course many of us in the States are focused on Thanksgiving at the moment, but I hope you'll revisit this project created by British guest artist Sarah Dennis when you turn your attention to decorating for the holidays. You'll discover how enjoyable it is to make crepe paper poinsettias, roses, snowdrops, and holly-inspired leaves.

Crepe Paper Christmas Wreath Tutorial by Sarah Dennis

Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Crafting with Smile Mercantile - Giveaway

 Congratulations to the winners - Jennifer Ueno and Ingrid Lavoie!

Oh boy, do I have 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 of Smile Mercantile 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

Congratulations to Denise Beckand, giveaway winner!

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

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