Category Archives: guest posts
Jan 31, 2013
Editor’s Note: The wonderful Lisa Newcomb of Lemon Zest Press is guest-posting for us today and sharing pet-themed letterpress. Enjoy!
Figure 1: Labrador Retriever by Letterpress Dogs / Figure 2: Puppy Love by Cotton Flower Press / Figure 3: French bulldog by Vandalia Street Press / Figure 4: Meditating cat by Tiny Pine Press / Figure 5: Cat personalized stationery by In Haus Press / Figure 6: Frenemies by Bon Vivant Press
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France
Today’s post features two of my favorite things: letterpress and animals! I am a doting pet owner, and I’m always searching for pet-related cards and paper goods. In particular, I am drawn to items (letterpressed, of course) that are as unique as the animals they feature. The cards and stationery featured here would make memorable gifts for fellow animal enthusiasts. They can also brighten up your own personal space and add a special flair to your snail mail correspondence.
Whether you’re a dog person or a cat lover (I happen to be both!) you’ll find these letterpress stationery goods simply paw-fect!
all photos via the sources mentioned above
Jan 24, 2013
Editor’s Note: Here’s a special guest post from Lisa Newcomb of Lemon Zest Press whose sharing paper finds of the pretty variety.
Figure 1: Love book by Luciana Frigerio / Figure 2: Book page rosette wreath by Anthology on Main / Figure 3: Chestnut origami lampshade by Studio Snowpuppe / Figure 4: Paper house mobile by Creator B / Figure 5: Penguin art by Dadadreams / Figure 6: Orange and grey flower bouquet by Painted Pear Studio
When we moved into our new home a few years ago, my husband and I were greeted with a great new space, a jetted bathtub and bare walls.
In the few years since our major purchase, however, we have managed to find a few great pieces (including a wedding gift drawn by my mother-in-law) that have made our large space feel more like home.
Whether it’s wall art, stand-alone decor or a great conversation piece, we’re always on the lookout for interesting, unique items that fit our style. As a printer and lover of all things paper, I am thrilled to find there are so many ways you can fill your home with paper art and decor. The artists featured here make products you won’t find in any big box store, and their pieces speak to the simple elegance of what a simple piece of paper can become.
Michelle Lanter of Dadadreams has a wonderful penguin art collage. Natalie of CreatorB has a paper house mobile fit for kids of all ages. Jaime of Painted Pear Studio has bright paper flowers that will add cheer to any room, and Nellianna and Kenneth of Studio Snowpuppe have created a fantastic origami lampshade with a modern appeal. Taking a more vintage approach are Luciana Frigerio and Katie Lloyd with their upcycled items. Frigerio has an intricately folded piece of book art and Lloyd, of Anthology on Main has a paper wreath that would be a good decor piece inside or out!
I hope you enjoy these finds as much as I do!
all photos via the sources mentioned above
Dec 20, 2012
Editor’s Note: Throughout November and December, we’ll be presenting guest blog posts from various bloggers, stationers, and artists. Today, Jessica Elliott is sharing the spectacular paper works of artist Bartek Elsner.
So, I’m browsing Behance, in search of some inspiration for a few upcoming projects, when I come across this gem:
That’s right, friends, a larger than life Mini-Ghettoblaster created by Bartek Elsner. I had to stop in my tracks and immediately immerse myself in Elsner’s “The Paper Stuff” folder, and holy crap, it is full of crazy awesome life-size recycled cardboard goodness! The Mini-Ghettoblaster was created as a promo for the International Radio Festival in Zurich and as you can see, displayed in public. If you’re floored by his work, then I know you’ll love The Fireplace and The Tree.
The level of detail is staggering especially because they’re created at such a large scale. The manipulation of an everyday item used to make something so extraordinary is mindblowing and exciting at the same time. And you know what? It’s exactly the kind of inspiration I was looking for. Hope Elsner’s work has the same impact on you!
all photos via Behance
Dec 18, 2012
Editor’s Note: Throughout November and December, we’ll be presenting guest blog posts from various bloggers, stationers, and artists. Today, the wonderful Lauren Venell is sharing fun paper toys. Be sure to check out her previous guest posts “Extraordinary Thanks” and “Fall Foliage“.
Figure 1: Animal finger puppets by On Hand By Hand / Figure 2: The magical journey happy paper toys by Info Papercat / Figure 3: Flood paper toy truck by Grand Circus / Figure 4: Goldilocks and the three bears paper theater by Pukaca / Figure 5: Giant whale jointed paper doll by Jenni Phillips Art / Figure 6: Full family set of paper dolls by Claudine Hellmuth / Figure 7: Christmas train set by Claudine Hellmuth / Figure 8: Thin ice papercraft disaster by Grand Circus
Paper toys are everything a Furby isn’t: simple, creative, affordable, and totally non-creepy. But like the Furby, paper toys are experiencing a bit of a renaissance. No longer the consolation prize of a toy-less cereal box, contemporary paper toys are beautifully engineered, clever pieces of art that you can also play with. From articulated animals to uncannily real disaster scenes, the toys in this Etsy round-up ship flat (or digitally), and are limited only by your imagination and the ink in your printer.
Dec 11, 2012
Editor’s Note: Throughout November and December, we’ll be presenting guest blog posts from various bloggers, stationers, and artists. Today, Harriet Stevens of Decorque is sharing delightful papercut mobiles.
Figure 1: Bird and branch mobile by Lisa Occhipinti’s The Repurposed Library via Melanie Falick Books of STC Craft / Figure 2: Birds on wood via BoligLiv / Figure 3: Butterflies for home by Chaiv via Ever So Lovely / Figure 4: Butterfly chandelier via Heartland Paper / Figure 5: Butterfly Lace cut from cream paperby Hannah Greenwood ‘It’s time for Tea’ / Figure 6: String of ten paper birds by Cox and Cox
Paper-cutting is the art of cutting paper designs and has evolved world-wide adopting different cultural styles, achieving some unique forms and shapes.
The “mobile” is a free moving hanging sculpture invented by the American sculptor Alexander Calder in the early 20th century. Visually it is an ensemble of balanced parts capable of motion, hanging freely in space, without coming into contact with each other. They can be used in and out doors depending on the material.
Pictured above: mobile by Ashley Meaders
The Paper Mobile is a beautiful delicate form, releasing the decorative aspect of floating shapes, as reflected in this selection of birds and butterflies.
Pictured above: hummingbird and butterfly mobile by Decorque
Examples of these are taken from several sources via boards from Pinterest, focusing on the art of paper cutting and mobiles. Being drawn into the this wonderful world of paper art and mobiles our Head Designer at Decorque has created, using some of our prints, a fantasy of hummingbirds and butterflies hanging in natural surroundings.
all photos via the sources mentioned above
Dec 3, 2012
Editor’s Note: Throughout November and December, we’ll be presenting guest blog posts from various bloggers, stationers, and artists. Today, Jessica Elliott is sharing the work of papercut artist Tina Tarnoff.
Hello friends! It’s your guest blogger here, Jessica from Peety Draws. I’m so excited to introduce you to the Papercut Artwork of Tina Tarnoff. When I joined Etsy a few years ago, her shop was one of the first I added to my list of favorites. Her papercuts are beautifully whimsical, graphic and tell such wonderful stories. Tina’s shop includes paper cut art of varying complexities but for me there was always something about “Waiting for the Phone to Ring” that I loved. Artwork that tells a story in the simplest way always wins me over.
Not convinced? Check out ”Peter Pan” and a newer piece, “Victorian Dress.” Ah-may-zing! Seriously, Tina has got some mad skills. If you’re a fan of paper cut art, make it a point to check out the rest of her Etsy shop. She’s created quite a few gems that would make perfect additions to your collection.
Nov 30, 2012
Editor’s Note: Throughout November and December, we’ll be presenting guest blog posts from various bloggers, stationers, and artists. Today, Marisa Edghill of Omiyage is sharing a fun and festive holiday DIY with washi tape.
‘Tis the season where our mailboxes (hopefully) fill with holiday cheer.
Your holiday cards are chosen with care — perhaps you even found them in the Discover Paper Holiday Guide — or you might even have crafted each one. So why send them in a boring envelope?
Add some festive fun to the outside of your envelopes — it’s perfectly simple with washi tape.
With washi tape, you can tear or snip and stick (and reposition) to your heart’s content, though if more complicated images are desired, parchment paper will be your new best friend!
Simply draw the desired shape onto the parchment paper. It doesn’t have to be perfect – no one else is going to see it.
Flip the paper over – so the ink doesn’t transfer to your tape and so you can still see the cutting lines after the shape is covered. Cover with strips of washi tape. No need to be neat, but do make sure the strips overlap slightly.
Flip the paper back over and cut out the shape.
Carefully peel the shape off of the parchment paper and transfer to desired surface. Make sure to peel from the first strip you place up – otherwise the strips will come apart and that’s no fun at all!
You can create gift boxes, sweet villages or even ornaments out of tape – simple shapes work best. Don’t forget to add some tape goodness to the back of the envelopes too!
all photos by Marisa Edghill