Joining the Paper Love Blog Hop seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to join like-minded paper loving creative souls, thank you for following along and letting me share a little of my paper love with you.
To say I have a love of paper is probably true. It's one of those funny things that you maybe don't want everyone to know about, but it's also something you cannot deny when you walk into any store filled with stationary. I get more excitement these days at the prospect of buying beautiful paper than beautiful shoes - and that's the truth. Of course there are different 'types' of paper...
There's the real fancy stuff - the kind you keep carefully stashed away and get out every now and then to just look at, or maybe run your fingers over it. You always intend to use it, but it's just too nice and so you save it until the time is right.
Then there's the old stuff, the kind of paper you might pick up from a thrift store or car boot sale. It has that certain musty smell, and sometimes if it's old enough, it crumbles in your hands. I really like using pieces of old papers in my collage work, I think it adds a little touch of history.
I adore handmade papers, in fact my love of mulberry paper has even led to me having art projects published. I love how the fibres in the paper make the paint bleed to produce the most amazing magical effects, totally out of control, but magical all the same.
Then, you have the cartridge paper that you get in sketchbooks. I don't know what it is, but when I'm faced with a blank one of these I'm sometimes thrown into a state of sudden fear. Who would have thought that paper could hold such power against a grown woman?
But I think some of the best papers are the scraps. The bits you think you'll never use, the bit's covered in doodles or splashes of ink.
I love these neglected little scraps because when you put them all together,
add a little paint and maybe some pen,
you can get something
If you want to follow along with the Paper Love blog hop,can click through the names below.
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
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.
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