a number of years ago, I vacationed in the lake region of northern Italy. One of my few purchases was a gift for my mom – a tote bag made of colorful stripes of silk textile remnants. It was gorgeous and I have to admit, I was sorely tempted to keep that tote bag for my own.
The artful paper projects I’ve worked on lately bear a strong resemblance to the design of that tote bag from years past. And my current projects take yet another step in that direction. They are truly textile inspired but are made completely of paper.
I had an old pre-cut mat in this nice frame that held 3 small photographs and I wanted to put something inspired inside. First I drew my lettering and cut them from pieces of junk mail cardstock.
Then I cut a lot of narrow strips of printed paper and wove the pieces together, large enough to cover the 3 letters. I glued it onto the letters, cut around the edges after the glue dried and applied mod podge on top to adhere the woven edges.
Next I cut 3 5×7-inch pieces of junk mail cardstock and covered them with colorful paper stripes. I tore the edges by hand to resemble an uneven frayed edge, then glued the letters on top.
It’s irregular and imperfect and it reminds me of the soft frayed edges of the silk on those handbags from Bellagio.
The project I worked on just prior to this one was a bit of a test drive in paper weaving.
My goal, again, was to frame a photograph using a frame I already had. It’s not a very interesting frame, so I wanted to add something special to the photograph by creating this woven paper backing.
I left the edges uneven and added a brown paper edging to the photograph.
I think it is a decent complement to the gritty subject in the photo.
I had started these woven hearts last weekend with the plan to make enough for a garland. But I still have a few more to go.
Craft projects are NEVER complete, am I right about this?
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