Category Archives: Paper
Artist Trading Cards (ATC) are miniature works of art created on 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches cards. They are totally original expressions of an individual’s craft or artistic bent and were the brainwave of a Swiss artist called Vanci Stirnemann, artist-in-residence, at Calgary’s The New Gallery. He wanted to produce a catalogue in playing-card format to document work in the gallery but because of printing costs were so prohibitive, the project was shelved until 1996.
Peter Clark uses a comprehensive collection of found papers as his palette which are coloured, patterned or textured by their printed, written or worn surfaces, with this media he ‘paints’ his collages. He shades with density of print and creates substance and movement with lines plucked from old maps or manuscripts. His pieces use mark-making in an innovative and humorous way to create.
Bookbinding allows you to create something that is both beautiful and functional, while also indulging a love of paper. Paper is, of course, an essential component of bookbinding, and there is delight to be had in selecting papers of specific colours, weights and textures to suit a particular bookbinding project.
Papier mâché has a very long history. Its origins comes from China; the inventors of paper itself. They used papier mâché to make helmets of all things, which they toughened by many layers of lacquer. Examples have been found dating back to the Han Dynasty (BC 202 – AD 220).
Everyone remembers those days as a child pasting newspaper cut outs onto paper and bundling lots of papers together with some fancy ribbon. And probably everyone remembers the moment when your hard work falling apart two months later. Now, how to make it lasts a bit longer? Let’s start to make a proper scrapbook!
Making your own paper is highly satisfying. A little time must be spent beforehead to prepare the mould and deckle and to gather equipment, but once everything is assembled, paper can be made time and again.
The Scrapbook is not meant just collecting and arranging your photos. If you kept movie ticket stubs, concert ticket stubs, love letters, a test with an A+ on it and many other items from your childhood, you can make lovely record of the times that passed, the times you remember with nostalgia. That’s what the scrapbook really mean to be!
Quilling is the art of rolling long, narrow strips of paper into one of a number of basic shapes, including coils, scrolls and teardrops – some of which are squashed and creased – and applying them to a background to create abstract or figurative designs.
Sculpting in paper is just as creative as working in wood, metal or stone, and like all true art, it can be practised and enjoyed at any level. Even the inexperienced can produce attractive sculptures that will give pleasure to themselves and others.
Janine Drayson is a freelance artist and illustrator living on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. She specialises in watercolour and collage and uses a wide variety of recycled materials.
As well as her original pieces and limited edition prints, which are available for purchase onllne, she is also available for private commissions and her work has been widely published.