I’m sorry that I have been missing from the blog the last couple of weeks. Our summer has been so busy with my daughter’s traveling tournament softball team and I haven’t had a chance to stay home long enough to catch up. We’re finally home now and getting ready for school to start and I’m finally able to get back into my blogging routine. Yay! I’ve missed you guys!! 🙂
I wanted to share a recent discovery that I made on a trip to Texas Art Supply in Houston. While at the store, I just happened to stumble upon breathtaking hand dyed and marbleized papers from Thailand, Nepal, Italy and all over the world. These papers are serious works of art in person, they are think and the dyes and colors are intense and so vivid and the best part is that they are super cheap. I’m talking around $1.50-$6.99 cheap for these huge sheets that average in size 27 x 36.
Can you imagine the squeal I let out when I saw these?
I came home with over 30 papers and have been having so much fun framing and creating projects with these beauties and I wanted to inspire and share the creative possibilities with you today! By the way, today I will just focus on where to find the papers online and framing inspiration and then on Friday, I’ll be sharing some of the other really creative ways to use them.
I was so excited that I was able to find an incredible selection of these papers online for ordering after I searched sku/style information that was on the papers I purchased. There are several amazing sites and I have picked some great papers to tempt you as we talk about how to frame and other possibilities.
Below are my favorites and you can find the source by clicking on the coordinating number directly below the image:
There are all kinds of different ways to frame these gorgeous papers. I really think they look amazing with a crisp white mat and I created some graphics to inspire you with the possibilities and combinations:
1) Frame just one:
2) Choose two or more papers that have similar colors. Turning the pattern direction so the pieces contrast is another way to add interest. This could be done with just two frames or a whole gallery wall:
3) Create a gallery by cutting out of one large sheet of the speciality papers (they are large enough with even extra) and cut, turn and look for areas with different concentrated colors (you could also do one large square cut in fours or sizes so they recreate the pattern on the wall) :
4) Create a gallery wall mixing different kinds of papers with a common color(s):
5) Frame one large sheet in a large frame like a 24 x 36 or larger with a white mat:
A good trick to figure the layouts on the paper for your frames is to lay the mats out on the papers and move around to get just the right piece to cut and frame.
Ok, so I hope you guys are just as inspired as I was when I saw these papers. The possibilities are endless and in person, these papers are very intense and rich in color and breathtaking. They are so frame-worthy! I have some really creative projects that I’ll be sharing on Friday for using these papers, so stay tuned!
Ok, so I have to know, which one of these papers are YOUR favorite? I can’t choose! I’m loving them all!
Thanks for stopping by and by the way, if you’re interested, you can find me on Instagram here and see more of the projects we’ve been working on here.
Those are just absolutely fantastic. I’m here in Houston, so I foresee a trip to Texas Art Supply in my very near future. I’m truly taken aback at how gorgeous these are!
Oh Michelle, WAIT until you see them in person!! They are insanely beautiful! The Montrose location has all of the papers (over 1000) and go to the framing desk and ask to see the samples and then they will pull the papers you want to touch!! You will not believe it!! You’ll have to come back and tell me which ones you picked! 🙂
I love #7 and #13 the most. Great idea to frame them!
I have both #7 and #13 that I picked up in person and they are absolutely incredible! The gold and the colors are so vibrant! Thanks for your note Becky and for stopping by!