Category Archives: Paper
Creatively, paper is having something of a moment and paper-cut artists have never been more popular. Rob Ryan’s finally detailed paper cuts are awe-inspiring and with an international following, he has really helped put paper cuts in the public eye.
Making paper beads is great project for little kids, big kids and adults. They are easy to make and are surprisingly sturdy. And they look just great!
It is very creative and nice way to spend the time with your children and occupy them to make things.
Quilling isn’t a difficult craft, but it can take a little practice to get the tension right. Take a strip of quilling paper and tear it in half, or even quarters. Do not cut it with scissors as the sharp edge will be more noticeable in the finished shape. The soft, torn edge is less visible.
Making a scrapbook is similar to creating a painting, the only difference being the innumerable options you have to fill up and decorate your scrapbook. If you are into arts and crafts, then scrapbooking would be something that you obviously have enjoyed right from the childhood. Scrapbooking projects are not only one of the most interesting and fun craft activities, but they are also ways to collect information or interesting facts and even cherish fond memories.
Make some birthday flower cards to please the gardener’s heart. Yes, birthday flowers in a handmade card. These flowers will bloom all the year round.
Your gardener’s friend or beloved family member can place these birthday flowers handmade cards around the house – winter time too – and have flowers blooming everywhere she turns. Isn’t that what a gardener loves? So make many of these birthday cards and bring a bit of the garden into the recipient’s heart.
Collage is an exciting and versatile papercraft that does not require much in the way of technical skills, just an appreciation of shapes, textures and colours.
Calligraphy is the beautiful way of writing and is a visual art. According to Wikipedia “Modern calligraphy ranges from functional hand-lettered inscriptions and designs to fine-art pieces where the abstract expression of the handwritten mark may or may not compromise the legibility of the letters.
Silhouettes are also known as paper cuttings and shadows. Long before photography was invented, our ancestors used to have portraits of themselves taken sideways. They were called silhouette portraits and they were not taken with a camera, but were cut out of thin black paper, and stck upon a white card.While the aristocrats were having their silhouettes cut out and eating like kings much of Europe was starving, especially in France. In the 1760’s the Finance Minister of France, Etienne de Silhouette , had crippled the French people with his merciless tax polices. Oblivious to his people’s plight, Etienne was much more interested in his hobby of cutting out paper profiles, the latest fad.
Recently I came across the work of Danielle Flanders , an American who is a real master of work with paper, scrapbooking and card making.
Origami (ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”; kami changes to gami due to rendaku) is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD at the latest and was popularized outside Japan in the mid-1900s.
Moneygami is origami made from banknote; the subtle genius lies in the way the artist incorporates the prints on the money bills into the facial characteristics of the finished figures.