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Paper Love...

 Joining the Paper Love Blog Hop seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to join like-minded paper loving creative souls, thank you for following along and letting me share a little of my paper love with you.

To say I have a love of paper is probably true.  It's one of those funny things that you maybe don't want everyone to know about, but it's also something you cannot deny when you walk into any store filled with stationary.  I get more excitement these days at the prospect of buying beautiful paper than beautiful shoes - and that's the truth. Of course there are different 'types' of paper...

There's the real fancy stuff - the kind you keep carefully stashed away and get out every now and then to just look at, or maybe run your fingers over it.  You always intend to use it, but it's just too nice and so you save it until the time is right.  

Then there's the old stuff, the kind of paper you might pick up from a thrift store or car boot sale.  It has that certain musty smell, and sometimes if it's old enough, it crumbles in your hands.  I really like using pieces of old papers in my collage work, I think it adds a little touch of history.

I adore handmade papers, in fact my love of mulberry paper has even led to me having art projects published.  I love how the fibres in the paper make the paint bleed to produce the most amazing magical effects, totally out of control, but magical all the same.

Then, you have the cartridge paper that you get in sketchbooks.  I don't know what it is, but when I'm faced with a blank one of these I'm sometimes thrown into a state of sudden fear.  Who would have thought that paper could hold such power against a grown woman?

But I think some of the best papers are the scraps.  The bits you think you'll never use, the bit's covered in doodles or splashes of ink. 

 I love these neglected little scraps because when you put them all together, 
add a little paint and maybe some pen, 
you can get something 

Rachelle x

If you want to follow along with the Paper Love blog hop,can click through the names below.

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


Anonymous said...

Lovely post Rachel. I so love doing this blog hop. So nice to read about every once love for paper. Thank you for sharing yours.
/Camilla Olsson - also in the blog hop www.camillaolssonart.wordpress.com

grainne lambert said...

Rachelle. ..love paper. ..love your art..love your blog...love your blog hop!!! Fabulous xox

louloulovesbooks said...

It was very nice to read your post, it is so exciting finding so many like minded friends...I thought I was all alone in my little rooms FULL up with PILES of paper. Now I can be counted!
Lovely blog, I will be back

Maike said...

Well written Rachelle - and beautiful illustrations !

Believe Creative Studio by Rosie Martinez-Dekker said...

I Love your work!! this post is really inspiring!

Shells said...

I must see if I can get some Mulberry paper in Australia. Great blog post.

Anonymous said...

Like your post. Thanks for hoppping with all of us today.

Julie said...

Loved reading your post, Rachelle! I especially love your cute tag that you made especially for this post - thanks for sharing!

Design5studio said...

It was such a thrill to be a part of this blog hop. I loved sharing my love of paper and the craft of decoupage with everyone. and even more excited to read about everyone else’s. #paperlove #bloghop In the blog hop – http://www.designfivestudio.blogspot.in/2014/03/for-love-of-paper.html

Melissa AuClair said...

Love this post; paper is so special. Thank you for sharing this lovely post.

Paula said...

Love your post and use of found words. I am STILL working my way through this hop and am so glad I took the time to visit each one of you. Enjoyed being a part of this-what a treat!