Mixed-Media Paper Art – Q&A with Roann Mathias

Roann Mathias is a mixed-media artist who takes paper art to a whole new level. A designer, she specializes in calligraphy which she uses to adorn handmade cards and books, and stationery. To create her handmade paper crafts and card making embellishments, Roann employs acrylics, watercolors, and paper collage.

Handmade book with paper collage pages, by Roann Mathias.

Roann's work came to my attention while reading the July/August 2012 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine where she was interviewed for the On Our Radar column.

I was immediately drawn to her creative paper crafts with their painted pages and peek-a-boo cutouts. A visit to her website (roanndesigns.com) revealed she also makes innovative use of diecut paper to create handmade cards and embellishments.

I love reading about how and where artists create, so I thought I'd share this Q&A with you.

CPS: Where do you find ideas for your work?

RM: I get most of my ideas from magazines, and I like to search online for trends and inspiration. Nature and music also inspire my work. I belong to a local stamping club and the women there are all creative; they inspire me with their ideas, too.

CPS: What's your workspace like?

RM: Since two of my kids moved out, I have taken over their bedrooms. One room has all the digital stuff I needcomputer, scanner, Wacom® tablet. etc. This room also has large flat files for holding paper and an extra work table. The second room has a drawing board, all my stamps and art supplies, and another work table. I have bookshelves everywhere that I use for both books and organizing my supplies.

CPS: What is the most difficult part of making art?

RM: For me, the hardest part is coming up with new ideas, breaking out of my usual color palette . . . getting started.

CPS: How long have you been making art?

RM: I have been making art since I was in grade school. My mother is an artist, so we grew up doing art instead of sports. She had everythingwatercolors, pens and ink and lots of timeto help us do art and crafts. One of my favorite memories is of making tissue-paper flowers around the dining room table. I also had an art teacher who encouraged and mentored me.

Peek-a-boo paper craft in book form,
by Roann Mathias.

CPS: Do you keep sketchbook?

RM: It's more like a lettering book, and I have several books in process at the same time. I use Pilot Parallel pens to letter favorite lyrics and poems when I have extra time.

CPS: What are your favorite tools and supplies?

RM: Pilot® Parallel pens, watercolor pencils, punches, and gel pens. Twinkling H20s, black paper, Staedtler® erasers (great for carving to make stamps), and Stampin' Up's Stampin' Spots. Also, Distress InksTM from Tim Holtz.

Doesn't that just make you want to sit down with some pens, paint, and paper and start making paper crafts, little books, or paper collages? Excuse me while I run to my studio.

If you've missed this or any of the other regular On Our Radar features, you can find them in back issues of Cloth Paper Scissors, in print on in Collection CDs. It's a fun way to "meet" artists and be inspired by their art.


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