Paper! Paper! Paper!

Welcome to Paper With Everything!

If you love paper, this is the place for you. Paper in all its forms (sheets, pulp, cords, fiber) is really versatile material that you can create endless things with. You can make books, dolls, sculpture, party stuff–really, all sorts of artwork. You can recycle pages from old books and newspapers. I include cardboard, of course, and I’ve gone through many cereal boxes just making little expanding albums and journals.

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Projects made with paper can be quite inexpensive. It’s possible to have most of the materials you’re going to need already on hand. The only drawback to indulging in this creative endeavor may be storage. When you begin to see possibilities in all sorts of scraps that come your way, you’ll find that a drawer or bin won’t be enough. I’ve taken to keeping the paper that’s used as packing material when I receive packages. I sometimes keep the tags that come with things I’ve bought, specially if they happen to made of good cardboard or they’re in a shape I like. During my preschool teaching days, I saved toilet paper rolls because they made fun projects that the children always loved. I don’t do that now because unless you’re handing them out to the children for them to use, you can end up with too much toilet paper rolls that will drive the members of your family insane. Nowadays I limit myself to the long, hard cardboard rolls that sometimes come with handmade paper rolls or fabric. Those don’t come around too often.

I mention in the About page that working with paper is a rediscovery for me. I learned how to do simple paper sculpture in my teens when I picked up a small, rather thin paperback that had a circus clown and circus animals on the cover all made with paper. It’s unfortunate that I don’t have the book with me anymore but I was fascinated by how simple the technique was, that by just making folds and creases, cutting and gluing, the artist created three dimensional illustrations. There was even one of Alice and the Red Queen! The author and artist is Clive Stevens. He has newer books on Amazon but I didn’t find the one I used to have.

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 2.39.49 PMThis is one of Clive Stevens’ books on Amazon. I have a feeling it’s going to be in my collection soon!

Later on, I learned how to make my own books from an article in a home decorating magazine. When that led to the need to explore more book-making techniques, I found Alisa Golden‘s book in the bookstore and dove right into making all sorts of journals and movable books (the Jacob’s Ladder is still my favorite).

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The book on the left was the one I started with. When we moved here to the U.S., I had to leave it behind. I then found the second one on Amazon and discovered that it was an updated version that combined her first and second books. It’s still my handmade book “bible.”

There’s so much more to share. There’s paper clay, origami, pop-ups! I discover new books, videos, and techniques each time I’m on the web doing research (even if my research didn’t happen to be about paper, I can never resist a peek). So if you’d like to try your hand at working with paper, come by often and take a look at what I’m up to. I’ll be adding lots of tutorials for projects you may want to do. There will be mixed media projects too — don’t forget the “everything” part of this website’s name! And if you want to make sure you don’t miss out, sign up for email alerts! And if you happen to have a website on related projects or supplies, let me know and I’ll include a link to your site!

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