Papery Pinterest Boards

Liz's Pinterest Boards

Continuing the paper theme, I’ve been immersed in Pinterest for a while, and have several paper related boards.

Liz's pinterest boards
A selection of my Pinterest Boards

Relevant boards are:






Washi Tape

Mark Making

I love paper!

So, on we go with the PaperLove Bloghop!

my chaotic paper storage paper piles

This is part of my paper storage – as you can see it is a bit in need of a clearout.  I got the metal racks in Poundstretcher or a similar shop and they are a bit prone to collapsing without warning and causing an avalanche.  In those shoeboxes I’ve got all my smaller pieces of decorative papers or printed Gocco papers arranged according to subject and the larger pieces are on the top.


I have lots of different papers: corrugated paper/card (that is good for printing too); thin, translucent Japanese washi paper; strong thin lokta paper that can be stitched into (made in Nepal); old paper used for legal documents and old maps, with a sort of stringy mesh texture; printed paper bags (the one in the picture is a William Morris design).  The black and white photo on the top right is masking tape – I used it as a resist when I was printing Birth of a City; when I took it off, I stuck it randomly on to paper.

different language newspapers papers3a

I love printing and painting on old newspapers too – here are a few in my collection.  Great for using in collage! I just love paper because it is so versatile and, like fabric, can be made from all sorts of plant material, cut, torn, stitched and used in lots of projects.  The yellow swirly pattern (top right) is a Gocco print – I made the screen from a doodle – and various other painted papers.


So what do I do with them?  Here are some more of the painted papers – the orange and black one was decorated when I painted old train tickets with black and white gesso – I put the orange painted paper underneath rather than use old newspaper or something else to protect the table and it made a very efffective design.


Left photo is Japanese paper I got from Falkiners in London – they have the most gorgeous paper and bookbinding equipment too.  Right photo is a double sided wrapping paper I bought somewhere, I love it!


Tissue paper painted with fluid acrylics, blue art paper printed with corrugated card to produce the white stripes.

papersprint Left: mostly packing paper that produces amazing texture when painted.  Right: Gocco printed skyscraper screened over some paper that I’d already smooshed paint over (I think it was one of those paint effects where you splash paint on, put another sheet of paper over the top and pull them apart to produce that smooshy texture).


birds gocco printed on various papers

More gocco printing, birds this time – on various surfaces.

altered tickets
This is what I’ve done with some of the old train tickets – I can never throw anything out! I’m planning to use them as tags or perhaps even business cards.

So what do I use these papers for?  Well, here is a pile of handmade journals for a start…

pile of handmade books with faux leather covers
It was fun making these journals, especially the faux leather covers!

Or see my tutorial on How to Make a Concertina Book

checking pages are not stuck together where they shouldn't be

Hmm, this post is getting a bit long; think I’ll continue the paper theme for a few more posts…


Here are the other participants in the Paperlove BlogHop:

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 /

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

How to Bind a Book Article

Annette Berlin has written a brilliant blog post at Craft Stew.  She has compiled lots of links to tutorials on How to Bind a Book.  She has also kindly included my photo tutorial on how to make a concertina book.

concertina book

Hop over and have a look at it!   There are links to instructions on making all kinds of handmade books, including Coffee Filter Books, how to bind an accordian style book, mini books with shrink plastic (I’m going to check this one out – I’ve got loads of gocco printed shrink plastic and was wondering what to do with them!).  Also binding a book using a brown paper bag, ribbon binding tutorial.


I can see lots of web surfing in the next few days!

Handmade books

I’ve been madly making handmade books with all the painted papers I made on LK Ludwig’s course last month.  I love her method of making books as it is easy and doesn’t require lots of accurate measuring or covering board with paper or anything like that.  Or stitching the boards on to the signatures – you just glue them on to tapes that you’ve incorporated into the stitching of the signatures.   Yummy.  Here are some of them:

hand made book

Look away, Carol, or any other of my book collecting friends!… because these ones use the boards from old books.  But I only used ones which would get thrown away anyway, or put into the recycling bin.  Rescued books…

hand made book

As well as the painted papers course, I’ve now signed up to LK’s shadows and light journalling course so I’m going to be drawing over the photos you see in the journals.  Or some of them.

hand made book


The photo below shows four of the books sitting on top of a larger one which I made to focus on leaves and reeds and nature generally.  This bookmaking is getting addictive!



This one is using some leather scraps that I’ve had sitting in a bag for ages.  They make great tapes for attaching the boards.  The book is an old children’s book that was falling apart, which I painted over with black acrylic paint then scratched into to reveal the printed cover underneath.  And I’ve kept the inside pages to print over with my Gocco.

I also had a bit of a play with some paper from my Pogo printer today.  I read somewhere that it was heat activated so I messed around with my craft soldering iron.  I found that by varying the speed with which I drew with it, I could alter the colours it produced.  And by using the side of the tip rather than the tip itself, could vary the width.  Fun! I think I’ll try it on some of the photos I have printed with them to make them more personal.

drawing on pogo paper