Paper is one of the most versatile fibers in a mixed-media artist’s repertoire. It can serve humbly as a substrate for mark making or take center stage as a work of art itself. You can fold it or wet it and mold it into shapes, cut or tear it, and apply varios media for exciting results. No wonder we save every scrap we get our hands on!
In this free eBook, Free Creative Paper Crafts Tutorials: How to Make Paper Flowers, Handmade Cards, and More, we offer four ways of creating art with paper as the main element.
|“Pin” this paper flower ornament by Sarinda Jones|
Sarinda Jones is a glass artist who has a passion for all things paper. In her article “Flower Ornament,” she explains how to make geometrical, three-dimensional paper flowers, using paper squares, glue, and ribbon. Sarinda’s tip: “Thinner paper, such as book pages, are easier to fold, but cardstock makes for a more durable ornament.”
Printmaker Sharon Gross couldn’t help but be inspired by fallen leaves, which she carefully took home to dry, press, and then use for printing on handmade cards. “No matter where I am, I’m always on the look out for unusual plants to use to print my cards.” Learn how she does it in “Nature Print Greeting Cards.”
|“Nature Print Greeting Cards”
by Sharon Gross
Next, find colorful ways to brighten your custom journals in “Journaling Over the Rainbow” by Catherine Anderson, who quotes Paul Cezanne: “Color is the place where our spirits and the universe meet.” (Tweet this!) Catherine shares a collaborative project in which artists from all over the world took the same challenge of making a journal in a single color palette.
If you’re looking for altered book ideas, you’ll absolutely love “Books Unfurled,” an article by mixed-media artist Kathy Baker-Addy. In it, Kathy walks you through the process of creating three-dimensional paper art that’s worthy of hanging on the wall.
We know you’ll enjoy learning the techniques and making the projects in Free Creative Paper Crafts Tutorials: How to Make Paper Flowers, Handmade Cards, and More and we encourage you to use them as a jumping off point for your own paper art adventures.