Paper Craft

Angela Rio Reimagines the Indoors and Outdoors with Paper

Angela Rio

That dynamic GIF, high­light­ing the pos­i­tive effects of wind energy, is by Philadelphia-based illus­tra­tor Angela Rio. She’s another paper crafter that recently caught my eye, and she uses the mate­r­ial to pro­duce inte­rior and out­door scenes.

Some­times, Angela will layer bits of paper to give the illu­sion of vol­ume, while other times she’ll draw on top of it. This mixed-media approach cre­ates a sense of space using per­spec­tive. Check out her col­lages and pat­terns for more! (Tum­blr, too.)

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BPB Projects

Collage Scrap Exchange: My Short List (And Other News)

If you par­tic­i­pated in the Col­lage Scrap Exchange, you might be won­der­ing a cou­ple of things:

1. Where can I see everyone’s sub­mis­sions?
2. Who is the winner??

Well, I have a def­i­nite answer for your first ques­tion. You can now view everyone’s sub­mis­sion on the Col­lage Scrap Exchange web­site. There are a lot of entries (496!), but luck­ily, it’s end­less scrolling, so go crazy!

As for the sec­ond ques­tion… we haven’t selected a win­ner yet, but we’re get­ting close. Kirsten of Papir­mass and I both cre­ated “short lists” of entries that we liked, and she’ll ulti­mately decide who will grace an upcom­ing issue of Papir­mass. The win­ner will be announced next Fri­day, so stay tuned. In the mean­time, view her list here!

These col­lages are plucked from my short list. If you’ve been read­ing my round up posts all along, then you might rec­og­nize some of these. And, at the risk of sound­ing like a bro­ken record, I want to say how dif­fi­cult it was to nar­row down the list. There were so many strong sub­mis­sions — we had our work cut out for us.

To all par­tic­i­pants — thank you so much for tak­ing the time for the Col­lage Scrap Exchange. It has been an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence to talk to ya’ll and see your work. And, if you weren’t able to join in the fun, no wor­ries! This Exchange will be hap­pen­ing again.

Jude Worters

Jude Worters

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes


Sonia Poli’s Exquisite “Vegetal Gradiant” Paper Sculpture


This exquis­ite piece by illus­tra­tor Sonia Poli is called Veg­e­tal Gra­di­ant. It’s made from paper and mounted in an embroi­dery frame. Sonia writes:

While fol­low­ing my path through the paper col­lage world and I sim­ply came up with this. Tired of frames, I wanted my col­lage to act more like a sculp­ture. After play­ing around with fish for my pre­vi­ous exhi­bi­tion, I used the same tech­nique (gra­di­ent from navy blue to a lighter/brighter color) for another favorite thing of mine, leaves.

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Sweet Ceramics Inspired by Romanian Folklore, Awesome!

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The Awe­some Project is “an exper­i­men­tal jour­ney of the mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary” by illus­tra­tor Madalina Andronic. Her porce­lain cre­ations are inspired by Roman­ian folk­lore, and this influ­ence seeps into sweet fairies, col­lars, and much more. Seri­ously. I’ve fea­tured many of her pieces, but Madalina has a lot more to see on the Awe­some Project Tum­blr.

The wish,” she writes, “is to cre­ate heart-to-heart, beau­ti­fully adorned dec­o­ra­tive objects for indi­vid­u­als and homes. All the pieces are designed and hand-decorated indi­vid­u­ally, using porce­lain, under­glaze col­ors, stoneware glazes and love.”

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Collage, Illustrator

Collages That Capture the Imagination of Young Folks

Manon Gauthier

I love all dif­fer­ent types of illus­tra­tion, but my pre­ferred way of work­ing will always be in col­lage. I look at these illus­tra­tions by Manon Gau­thier, and I’m reminded why I love mixed media so much. She’s got a lot of inter­est­ing things hap­pen­ing — espe­cially with lay­er­ing. Small, indi­vid­ual pieces of paper are drawn, painted, and cut, then put together like a glo­ri­ous puzzle.

Manon is a Mon­treal native and a self-taught illus­tra­tor. She worked in the graphic design field for more than 15 years, and decided to devote her­self to mak­ing books for young peo­ple in 2006. Since then, she’s won numer­ous awards for her illustrations.

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Check Out Kyootopia, the Mythical Land of Cute

Kathleen Marcotte

Isn’t this tiger charm­ing? Illus­tra­tor Kath­leen Mar­cotte cre­ated it as part of a group exhi­bi­tion called Kyootopia with Bree Lund­berg and Patu Phan. “We wanted the free­dom to inter­pret ‘cute’ within our own styles,” she tells me, “so we cre­ated the myth­i­cal land of Kyootopia, where all things are cute!”

The three illus­tra­tors divided Kyootopia into nine unique islands and imag­ined their art as well as the lit­tle sou­venirs from each locale. Kath­leen cre­ated Avi­a­tion City, Round­about Island, and Facade Falls.

These delight­ful works are a mix­ture of dig­i­tal works and mixed media pieces. She com­bined linocut, cut paper, and pencil.

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Animation, Illustrator

Paper Flowers and Fantastic Beasts Fit for Film

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Lila Pop­pins is an illus­tra­tor and paper designer who uses her tal­ents to cre­ate fan­tas­tic beasts, lovely blooms, out­door scenes, and much more. In addi­tion to sculpt­ing with paper, she also directs stop motion films. Lila’s Tum­blr fea­tures a few of these ani­mated snip­pets, one of which is a com­bi­na­tion of paper and 2D illus­tra­tion. The film is an illus­trated French poem writ­ten by Jacques Pre­vert and avail­able to view on Vimeo (I’ve also included it below).

And, just a note: illus­tra­tor Clé­ment De Ruyter is the per­son behind the char­ac­ter design of this crea­ture. (Lila did the paper work, obviously!)

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Collage, Illustrator, Textiles

Exquisite Illustrations Created by Drawing with Thread

Annalisa Bollini

This past week­end, while watch­ing the lat­est episode of Mad Men, I started a new embroi­dery. It’s my first one in many months! It feels good, ya’ll. Just like the work of Annal­isa Bollini. The Ital­ian illus­tra­tor cre­ates these mixed media scenes that are a com­bi­na­tion of embroi­dery, appliqué , and paper bits. She has exquis­ite line work that’s made with tiny stitches, and I love how it’s a sub­sti­tute for a pen or pencil.

Annal­isa has prints of her work for sale in her Etsy shop. You’ll find brooches there, too.

And… one last that’s apt, espe­cially since it’s Fri­day. Annal­isa gives this sage advice on her web­site: If you don’t know what to do, eat some chocolate!

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Beautiful, Multilayered Fantasies by Danse de Lune

Danse de Lune

Get lost in the magic of Danse de Lune (for­merly Art and Ghosts). She’s a UK-based illus­tra­tor who has a pen­chant for col­or­ful folk­lore and dark, dreary skies. I love the mul­ti­lay­ered, fan­tas­ti­cal feel that these pieces have. They’re soft with a lot of visual oomph — just look at all of the tiny, intri­cate details! Danse gives us some insight to her work, writing:

The larger part of my work is con­cerned with the pro­tec­tion and wel­fare of nature, chil­dren, and non-human (occa­sion­ally mag­i­cal) crea­tures: per­haps as a result of my ear­li­est expe­ri­ences and a sense of close iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with the hid­den, noc­tur­nal things which speak an unknown lan­guage. Ani­mals con­cern me espe­cially, whether mag­i­cal or quite ordinary.

Dreams and the uncon­scious (Jun­gian) also play a pre­dom­i­nant role in my work, along­side sym­bol­ism, mys­ti­cism, folk­lore, mythol­ogy and fairytales.

Check out Danse’s Etsy shop for prints.

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Sculpture, Textiles

Bear Skin Rug? Nahhh. How About a Monster Skin Rug?

Joshua Ben Longo

Years ago, on Pin­ter­est, I saw this Mon­ster Skin Rug designed by Joshua Ben Longo and fell in love. It’s a clever take on those bear skin rugs you see in the movies, except more fun and a lot less cruel. They’re made of 50% wool / 50% poly­ester felt scales that are then sewn to a felt sil­hou­ette and stuffed with poly­ester. Plus, they plas­tic teeth!

It turns out Longo had been mak­ing the rugs by hand for years, but at a very high cost for the con­sumer. Now, he’s turned to Kick­starter to help with the cost of pro­duc­tion and pro­duce Mon­ster Skin Rug in vol­ume. For $425, you can own this delight­ful piece of decor.

If $425 is out of your price range, Joshua has other monster-related items you can own. Fin­ger pup­pets, totems, and other soft sculp­tures are all avail­able.

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And, a lit­tle extra. Another cre­ation by Joshua!