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

I’m back!

Time to revive this blog, I think!  I got fed up with the sound of my own voice so had a break….

My cat, Ziby, sitting on some newly ironed African fabric
My cat, Ziby, sitting on some newly ironed African fabric


My new website design is in process of getting thrashed out and I have a new blog theme with lots of options for customization to incorporate it, so you’ll probably see quite a few changes over the coming weeks.  My life is a bit like that at the moment too – by the autumn we should be empty nesters as my youngest son has been busy visiting universities and if all goes well he should be starting physics with astrophysics at some academic institution or other.  Last week we went to a Birmingham uni applicants day, – as it was half term we stayed overnight and while he went shopping the second morning, I visited the archives based in the new library building.  It is pretty spectacular and has some great views over the city.   Here are a couple of pics:

new Birmingham library building birmmus2

To give myself a bit of an incentive to keep writing, I have joined a bloghop where I can rant about my love of paper and the stuff I do with it, so look out for lots of papery pics next Monday!