I've been in love with the wallpapers of Marthe Armitage for a while now. Their attention to detail and subtle coloring is supreme! Marthe handcuts lino blocks for each design and then rolls them herself on huge presses. True artistry at work here!
The papers are carried by the prestigious Hamilton Weston, a supplier of many historic wallpapers. Images and scans here from the beautiful blog Little Augury.
Sometimes I could just kick myself for not finding Inspiration like these earlier! These 3 Vintage German scenes would have made truly wonderful Holiday Classes - I'm thinking of next year now! Just look at the details! And the use of cotton batting, paper scrap and doll house shapes is supreme! Although they are all sold, we can gather hours of creative ideas from these images!!!
I just LOVE this little Snow Baby on a Snowball Box designed and created by Karima, the owner and Queen of Castle In The Air! Best of all, there is a FREE PDF HERE so you can make your own! You can also buy a kit Here, which comes with everything you need to create your own delightful little Snow Baby Box! I'd like to make a whole family of these, just to put around the house!
Here is another amazing FREE PDF from the wonderfully creative Ann Wood! I have always loved her magnificent paper ships, and now she has generously shared her pattern and instructions for making a enchanting paper boat just in time for you to sail away on Christmas time dreams! Complete Instructions can be found HERE! Can't you just see a family of Snow-babies riding away on one of these?
I think this little 3-D town calendar from Canon is delightful too! I love how each month gives a new scene, and yet you can see all of them at a glance! You can print your own calendar for free here!
And just for fun, I found this wonderful old 'Cook Book' illustration! Doesn't it make you want to cook a holiday feast? Link
A lovely album preserving ten delicate and meticulously prepared cut paper flowers. The album is inscribed on the front fly leaf "Souvenir à Mlle. Heloise Bigaud / Hector de D. Juin 1848" and was almost certainly specially prepared as a gift of friendship (or courtship). The front cover displays the gilt initials "H. B." in gothic letters framed within a decorative gilt border. The flowers themselves are cut from various multi-colored papers. The minute detail and perfect composition of several of these flower "collages" make these exceptional examples of this popular genre.
Its been a while since I did this post on Papier Mache Botanical Models. I still love these wonderful scientific and didactic yet fanciful models! These images, also from Staetshuys Antiquairs are just as inspiring and wonderful...!
I am falling a little behind in posting - sorry... This last weekend I had 10 wonderful women join me in learning 26 plus plus plus techniques at the Castle. This is a fast paced class, where students focus on 3 to 5 techniques per alphabet letter. Its amazing to see how each student renders the techniques, and no book looks the same in the end! We use Moleskine Japanese Accordian books to present the letters, so that everyone goes home with a colorful lineup of multiple techniques. This class is perfect for those who want to learn about altered books in a two day intensive!
Now YOU get to guess which letters are shown here!