Monthly Archives: October 2011
Oct 31, 2011
And now for a roundup of our wise feathered friends: owls! I have a long-time friend from blogging whose favorite animal is the owl, so this post is dedicated to you, KC!
- Figure 1: Owl Party by Helen Musselwhite
- Figure 2: Book page + music sheet owl via My Owl Barn
- Figure 3: Cardboard owl wall hanging by Altered Perceptions
- Figure 4: Hoots by day framed handcut paper sculpture by Aphlogist
- Figure 5: Atlas – life-size reproduction of a Whet Owl by The Makerie (via Behance)
- Figure 6: Handcut paper award by Sigrid Spier (via Behance)
[image credits: all images via the links above]
Oct 31, 2011
The latest issue of Paper Runway has just been released and my eyes are wide with amazement over it. This issue is jam-packed with handmade paper awesome by Jonathan Chapman aka Mr Yen (who’s also featured on the cover!), Borja Martinez, Lisa Rodden, and other talented artists.
A huge round of applause to the editors Nicki Buckland and Maree Oaten and everyone else involved with making another beautiful edition of Paper Runway!
[cover photo via Paper Runway]
Oct 31, 2011
Happy Monday, folks and Happy Halloween! I stopped dressing up eons ago, but if I ever needed a quick costume I’d probably just slap on a fake mustache, like these from Australian-based shop, The Lowercase.
Fun for kids and adults, these dinnerwear placemats contain punch-out mustaches that are each paired up with a phrase in five different languages.
The innovators at The Lowercase, an Australian-based shop, are in the business of creating sustainable products that serve multiple purposes. Check out the rest of their inventory of inventive goods here.
[image credits: photos via The Lowercase]
Oct 28, 2011
Yesterday, I came across The Antiquarian Post (via Paper Crave), and it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful publications in the history of beautiful publications. The styling, typography, and illustrations are so riveting that I gushed about its beauty on twitter probably three times yesterday.
Other links I’m loving this week:
- These beautifully designed wedding stationery and favors by Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design (via Style Me Pretty)
- Ashley Ann’s review of the Silhouette Cameo
- Smart and sophisticated patterned envelope liners (via Unruly Things)
- I’ve fallen in love with Liz’s (of Paislee Press) Project Life series
- Oscar & Emma’s new business cards are oozing with brilliance. I love them!
Wishing all of you a wonderful Halloween weekend! Just a quick reminder about the current giveaway: Win a pair of Autumn-themed cards OR a custom card by Anastasia Marie Cards. Get the full details here.
[image credits: image via The Antiquarian Post]
Oct 28, 2011
Paper etching is an intriguing process and one that I came across very recently via the talented folks of Paperlux. A couple weeks ago, Share Some Candy shared a post featuring Paperlux’s work that caught my eye. The use of repeating patterns was mesmerizing, and I wanted to see more. I had no idea I’d find paper etching which was a nice surprise. I’m really drawn to the rustic feel of their etched paper works; it’s almost as though the paper looks like it was restored back to it’s original wood form.
Here’s a small sampling of etched paper from Paperlux:
So, how is it paper etching achieved? The process is explained briefly on the first slide of this page. It states:
With [paper etching], it is possible to translate logos, images, and fonts into crisp, three-dimensional etchings on the finest papers, without damaging the reverse side of the paper. The special concentration of light only removes the top layer of the selected material in varying and exactly calculated depths, and in doing so successfully creates a filigree relief formation of previously unknown precision.
Paper etching is probably the “greenest” processing technique, since it avoids the use of environmentally harmful chemical solvents and relies solely on the use of light.
Paperlux has a slew of other remarkable paper projects, so be sure to take a gander at those. A slight warning, however: you’ll likely spend a good twenty minutes browsing through their site, but I can guarantee it will be twenty minutes well spent.
[image credits: all photos by Michael Pfeiffer]
Oct 28, 2011
Happy Friday, everyone!
I’m happy to present an amazing giveaway from Anastasia Mikailenko, owner and creator of Anastasia Marie Cards who specializes in creating beautiful handmade, custom stationery. Check out her portfolio of custom wedding stationery. Three words: drop dead gorgeous!
Anastasia recently released a line of Autumn-themed cards from her Etsy shop and is giving away the following pair of cards to one lucky winner! Prize is valued at $23.90
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, these cards are the perfect way to express your gratitude to someone you love. Scroll down to see giveaway details and how to enter.
But wait, there’s more! Anastasia is also offering a custom card valued at $19.95 – $60 to another winner! She has designed a number of custom cards full of eye candy. See examples of her custom cards below and check out additional examples of custom cards on her blog:
Oh, and there’s MORE! Discover Paper readers, you are in for a treat. Anastasia is also offering a 20% discount on all purchases in her Etsy shop for the duration of this giveaway. Simply use the code DISCOVERPAPER at checkout.
This giveaway begins today and ends on Sunday, November 6th at 11:59PM (PST). TWO winners will be chosen via random.org, the first name chosen will be the winner of the Autum-themed cards and the second name chosen will be the winner of the custom card. Winners will be announced on the blog on the following Monday morning, November 7th.
How to enter:
Mandatory entry! Leave a comment on this post with your name and email address and visit Anastasia Marie’s shop on Etsy and tell me which item is your favorite.
Additional entries: (please leave a separate comment for each of these additional entries)
- Like Anastasia Marie Cards on Facebook (if you’re already a fan, please leave an additional comment)
- Follow Anastasia Marie on Twitter (if you already follow her on twitter, please leave an additional comment)
- Tweet the following on twitter: Stationery giveaway from @anastasiamika on @discoverpaper: http://bit.ly/rWBnJ6 #dpgiveaway
[image credits: all photos by Anastasia Mikailenko]
Oct 27, 2011
Earlier this week, I shared a few halloween crafts that were on the fairly easy end of the spectrum of crafting. I was so inspired by one in particular and decided to try my hand at it. We’re not really one for carving pumpkins since I like to use them as long as possible (sometimes well into November), but I wanted to give one of our pumpkins a little bit of character while still keeping it in its original shape and form.
So last night, as I watched a little bit of Extremem Makeover Home Edition, I got my craft on and got busy with construction paper and toilet paper roll tubes and created a set of witches legs for the pumpkin. The legs turned out splendidly, but I felt the pumpkin really needed an extra something else that’s identifiably a “witch” so I created a hat, too. When my oldest daughter, Maddy, saw the pumpkin she happily exclaimed, “Look, Mom! The pumpkin has a costume!” Indeed, it does.
This morning, the weather was glorious, so I decided on an impromptu photoshoot.
And naturally, Maddy wanted in on the photoshoot almost immediately. So naturally, I obliged.
Not five minutes later, poor miss pumpkin had its hat stolen. And Maddy had a few suggested costume alterations, and some alternate uses for the pumpkin’s costume entirely …
[image credits: all photos by Donaville Herrick]