Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Paper Trail

So you want to see a peek at what I've been doing lately?

I love playing with paper almost as much as I love playing with fabric.  You might remember that I've made a lot of books in the past (see this, and this for example) and every once in a while the urge hits me again.  I fall under the spell of gorgeous patterned papers and I can't resist.

So I have been experimenting and playing with some specific projects in mind.  I spent one afternoon spraying paper with strong coffee to get a vintage effect, and messing about with paints and inks to see if I could make paper look like leather. 

Funny that I'm never drawn to brown fabric, but something about these rich warm brown papers really appeals to me.  And then there is SEWING on paper, which is really fun.  I love the pucka-pucka-pucka sound the needle makes going through paper.  But then, I'm easily amused.

And once I get going, it's hard to stop.  (Which explains how I sewed my way through a whole bunch of episodes of "Dance Mom."  I didn't want to stop to change the channel.) 

Can you tell where this is going?  I'm designing as I go, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it all ends up myself!  Stay tuned!


  1. So glad you are blogging again!

  2. Willowpillow, thank you!

  3. I enjoy playing with paper and sewing on it too!
    Have you tried the glycerine spray on brown kraft paper to try for a faux leather? Worth doing an internet search to look for it if not!

  4. You know I'm a paper-junkie, too!

    Sewing on paper has got to be the best of both worlds...

    ATCs are my favorite way to justify saving even the tiny scraps of beautiful paper, but I have the feeling you're up to something much more ambitious! Can't wait for the reveal.

  5. Plum Cox, I tri d the glycerine first. What a mess! I was working with Manila folders and it made the paper peel and crumble. Maybe it only works with paper bag or craft paper? My best result so far has been using the Tim Holtz distress stains and water with lots of blending and smearing. but it's messy and time-consuming and now my fingernails have a shabby, distress-stained look too.