Budget Friendly Bathroom Makeover

The latest Kitchen & Bath Makeover magazine from Better Homes & Gardens features a cheery yellow bathroom makeover using our Ikat papers.

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The projects are really simple and all you need is the paper of your choice, scissors, a foam paint brush, and a little glue. Super easy with a whole lots of impact.

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My favorite thing they did was the decoupage on the trash can. I love taking something that is usually thought of as ugly and utilitarian and making it a focal point.

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The magazine gives some directions, but you can also check out Little Green Notebook’s trash bin makeover for a great step by step guide using one of our Pirouette Marbles.

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Fair Trade Agate Marbles Behind The Scenes

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If you have visited the shop lately you’ve probably noticed that our Agate Marbles are back baby! I absolutely love these papers and cannot tell you how happy I am with the new colors we got in. My favorite are the Peacock, Coral, and Malachite

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With the re-release of our beloved Fair Trade Agate Marbles the makers over in Bangladesh were nice enough to share a little video demonstrating how each sheet is made.

I love the way they fan the marble bath to move around the pigments and the image of all those papers drying in the sun.

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Megan Brain Paper Sculptures

If you’ve browsed our shop you know that we here at Paper Mojo love paper, and especially love patterned and textured paper. For many paper artists starting with a pattered or embellished paper can get them over that blank slate feeling and get their creativity instantly flowing. Some artists, however, are not intimidated by a plain white sheet of paper. These architectural sculptures by Los Angeles based paper artist Megan Brain take plain old white paper and turn it into something spectacular.

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Q is for Quilling

Do you ever look at something and think “I would never have the patience to do that”? That’s pretty much how I feel about paper quilling. I know exactly how the scenario would go…I’d curl a few pieces of paper and in about 5 minutes get frustrated and just start gluing everything together in a big ball. On the positive side my knowledge of just how much patience and dedication each artist puts into their work is probably why I appreciate the art so much.

I was browsing online yesterday for some new fonts and got sidetracked looking up quilled lettering. After all that always seems to be how it works, start out on one task and spend an hour doing something else. During my little web browsing excursion I did find some amazing typography meets quilling pieces worth sharing.

From Sara Yakawonis‘ quilled drop case series these letters take the look of old greek lettering and add vibrant dimension.

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 Artist Sabeena Karnik created an entire alphabet of colorful quilled letters.

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And for some extreme wow factor this piece was created for the NY Times by the North American Quilling Guild

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In case you are exactly like me and love quilling but know you will never try it on your own here are a few etsy sellers doing their own quilling alphabet magic.

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(Etsy sellers from top to bottom – aCoCC, Melissa Van Hoose Design, and Dominique Handmade)

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Collage Artist Lauren Jones Worth

Great paper collage is almost like a Magic Eye picture or a page out of a Where’s Waldo book, you can’t just expect to glance at it once and see everything that’s going on. If you’re a rabid paper junkie like me I’m also sure you love trying to spot all the different types of paper and patterns going on in each piece. Lately I’ve been staring at these creations from Lauren Jones Worth over and over again as each time I seem to discover something new.

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Focusing mainly on nature as her subject matter Lauren uses a combination of handmade and decorative paper, paints, and even dried fruits and leaves to create vibrant and textural works of art.

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I’m particularly fond of her bird series. Don’t you just want to walk right into the forest with them?

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