Wednesday, 29 September 2010


A collage I made on Amelia's great experimental art e-course before my wrist started acting up. Click to enlarge. I used old magazine images, a vintage dictionary page, recycled kraft paper, vellum paper, tissue paper, wax paper, silk thread and at least three different kinds of glue. I like glue. Almost as much as I like my knives and rulers.

I'm unnaturally fascinated by sibilants and fricatives and phonetics in general. I just wish my vocal tract would cooperate. Today everything is nasal. Apparently it's impossible for me to go through a month without catching a cold.

The blog world has been exceptionally kind to me in the past couple of months or so. A big thank you to everyone who has featured my work in their blog or Etsy treasury, and to everyone who has told a friend about Paperiaarre or linked to my blog. It really makes me happy to see more and more people come here every day. I leave you with a couple of links tonight, but my thankyou is much larger than this small list of links.

Geninne on Girls Can Blog
edward and lilly

Sunday, 26 September 2010


on Etsy

The rest of my Gocco creations. No matchbox this Monday. Tenosynovitis is my excuse. Matchboxes are too hard to make with a brace on. Hopefully I will find other ways to entertain you while my wrist recovers and I get some badly needed rest.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Gocco printed longstitch notebooks


I listed these on Etsy ages ago, but never found the time to blog about these more than a sneak peek's worth.
The covers are recycled kraft cardboard and the antique illustrations of lips and of Myrmeleon libelloides (some kind of antlion! what? I never knew antlions were insects. well, I don't know if I knew antlions existed until I found this illustration.) are gocco printed with dark brown ink. Both kinds of books have 72 white pages and they're sewn with waxed natural linen thread.


These make me happy. I hope they do the same to you.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Matchbox Monday 9

(handmade paper made by me, paper, Japanese paper, wood, vintage school book illustrations, linen thread, ink)

While I was looking for something else, I found my very random collection of handmade papers I made in art school. I guess I will be using those quite a lot in the near future as the pieces are too small to be used on anything larger than a matchbox. In this week's box I used lavender coloured paper (made from flax if I remember correctly), two different weights: one lightweight, one thick and hard like parchment. And I realize that the photos show absolutely no hint of the lavender, but it's there, trust me.

A good weekend after a ridiculously difficult week. It's been pouring rain ever since V arrived here over a week ago. And now that I'm writing this, on Sunday afternoon,  the sun is shining, but we'd rather just be lazy at home than go out. Freedom of choice is definitely a good thing.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Matchbox Monday 8 (on a Tuesday, I know)

(paper, board, pebbles, linen thread)

The first time I missed my self-imposed Monday deadline. I had the matchbox ready by Friday, enjoyed my weekend, went to school on Monday and kind of drowned in homework and good company and totally forgot to take photos and blog. Sorry. (But if it makes you feel any better, today was even busier than yesterday and I'm still writing to you here.)

Anyway, I really like this one. I think I'll keep it myself, unless someone makes me an offer I can't refuse :)

Monday, 6 September 2010

Matchbox Monday 7

(vintage dictionary, board, silk thread)

A cold week. I'm not ready. For anything. But not ready for the weather to turn this cold, especially. Autumn used to be my favourite season, but I'm not sure anymore. I'm now officially allergic to cold weather, and that's just plain sad and pathetic. Before I had pollen allergies in the spring and summer, now I have a cold allergy in the autumn and winter. I've run out of seasons to like. This unlikable ex-favourite season is here all of a sudden and I just don't know what to do. Not much energy to blog, but I have made some books and things this past week. I will finally list my gocco-printed cards and long-stitch notebooks on Etsy later today, along with the above matchbox.