Monday, March 10, 2014

Paper Love Blog Hop-Why I love Paper

The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here.

As part of this blog hop I have been asked to write about why I love working in paper. 
Hmmmm, I never thought much about why paper has almost always been my go to. Naturally, as an illustrator, I have drawn and painted on paper but what really gets me going is cutting, pasting and stitching paper. 

Pieces of paper have always been incorporated into my illustrations, usually in the form of old book pages. Over the years the paint was slowly replaced with snips of patterned paper. Typically I build a pattern in photoshop, print it on nice paper and then cut, tear and stitch it into whatever it is that I have in my head that day.

I also have a thing for scraps of paper with handwriting on them. My studio and home are located in the heart of downtown Atlanta and I walk around the city quite a bit. If I see a list or note that someone has dropped, I HAVE to pick it up. I bring it home and add it to the box of bits of paper. Eventually it will come out and make it into an illustration. 

I realize that I still haven't answered the "Why" here, but all I think we need to know, is that I love it. Making the switch from paint to paper snips has brought a joy back to my work that has been missing for some time. I can't wait to get into the studio and get to work. I really just love what I do these days and I believe it's because of my old friend paper. 

My 2015 Tres Chic calendar for The Lang Companies

An image from my set of coasters for Studio M
They are titled "Kick Up Your Heels"

 I LOVE making paper shoes, dresses and handbags. They are quite time consuming so 
I don't get to make as many as I would like to. You can see more here.

"Suzanne" paper dress made from vintage paper
You can see more dresses here.

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to visit these other paper lovers. 

Majo Bautista / Tona Bell Louise Best Cathy Bluteau / Jennifer Bomgardner / Giova Brusa / Lindsay Buck / Beka Buckley / Joanna Caskie / Jonathan Chapman (Mr Yen) / Halle Cisco / Sarah Clare / Cathryn Clarge / Dawn Clarkson / Rhiannon Connelly Jenny D'Fuego / Molly Dhiman / Ian Dudley / Ayisatu Emore / Akmal Farid / Monika Forsberg / Claire Fritz-Domeney / Louise Gale / Chrissy Gaskell / Julie Hamilton / Emma Hawman / Rachel Hazell / Holly Helgeson / Claudine Hellmuth / Kim Henkel / Sarah Hoffman / Joanne Hus / Paula Joerling / Beth Kempton / Julie Kirk / Eos Koch / Katie LaClair / Kristy Lankford / Michelle Manolov / Doreen Marts Rosie Martinez-Dekker / Tori Mears / Maria Mederios / Lise Meijer / Debbie Miller / MaryJane Mitchell / Suzy Naidoo / Grace Noel / Hannah Nunn / Camilla Olsson / Jo Packham / Rachelle Panagarry / Monette Pangan / Melanie Paul Nicole Piar / Jen Pitta / Liz Plummer Julie Reed / Michelle Reynolds / Lisa Rivas Angee Robertson / Natalie Ryan / Aisling Ryan / Elisabet Sapena / Kyrrha Sevco / Jamie Sprague / Elizabeth Steele / Terri Stephens / Juniper Stokes / Mary Tanana / Maike Thoma / Linda Tieu Gabrielle Treanor / Tammy Tutterow / Deborah Velasquez / Jordan Vinograd Kim / Cat Whipple / Brooke Witt / Katie Wood Amelia Woodbridge


  1. I so admier your patience in doing things like that.

    I so love doing this blog hop. So nice to read about every once love for paper. Thank you for sharing yours.
    /Camilla Olsson - also in the blog hop

  2. wow, paper shoes and dresses...amazing. I have seen so many beautiful things on this blog hop. What an incredible amount of paper loving talent I am connecting with. Pleased to meet you {*}

  3. Love your shoes, they are so intricate. Loving the blog hop. Thanks for sharing.

  4. It was such a thrill to be a part of this blog hop. I loved sharing my love of paper and the craft of decoupage with everyone. and even more excited to read about everyone else’s. #paperlove #bloghop In the blog hop –

  5. What lovely paper dresses!!
    And just saw "pantry violets" on your profile, and thought where have I heard that name!! Well, at Briancon!! I went last year, and also fell in love with everything!!
    Loved your post!

  6. This paper love bloghop is so much fun. Thanks for sharing your whimsical paper fashions, I really love the little dress :)

  7. ...ooh those paper shoes are gorgeous! Thank you for joining the hop today - I have really enjoyed meeting fellow paper lovers and discovering all that they do with this amazing material. I have sewn paper and dolls clothes, but not ventured into making clothes from paper (save for ooak costuming) - how fun! My dolls I am sure would love to model such unique creations :)

    // jump direct to my part in today's hop here --

  8. I LOVE those sweet dresses and paper shoes! They are beautiful! I love designing paper dolls and outfits too! Thank you for sharing on the bloghop!

  9. Thanks for all the nice comments. I am STILL working my way through the hop. It's been so much fun.

  10. thanks for visiting Your work is so pretty and intricate to see. Might ask you for some 3d creation tips.

    1. I would be happy to do that although sometimes it's just trial and error.

  11. Wow your work is beautiful! Thank you for popping over and having a look at my Paperlove post too =) Lovely to meet you!

  12. what beautiful shoes and dresses. oh you must have patience! I loved seeing your creations. I am heading off to see more of your dresses :) Thanks for visiting my blog and have a wonderful weekend

  13. Very inspiring to see your paper shoes Paula, so beautiful! And thanks for your kind comment on my blog; I am looking forward to do some hops over the coming days, so wonderful to meet fellow paper-lovers, and in so many different ways!

  14. Hi Paula - thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm so glad you did - there is some cool stuff going on here! I can't believe you haven't made a book yet!