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Verra’ Paper Picks of the Week: Rives de Lin & Cavallini

Rives de Lin

Ever get bored using the same paper over and over? Well, now during the “Make Your Mark Sale,” we have a super paper deal on Rives de Lin: only $4.99 a sheet ($11.99 MSRP)! This beautiful off- white paper is not your run-of-the-mill Rives…you would swear it’s a handmade sheet.  Rives de Lin is 23.5×31.5,” 300gr. and features a lovely, distinctive texture that results from its production, as well as its  85% cotton and 15% linen content. Rives de Lin is great for all kinds of drawing and dry media, and – like its cousin Rives BFK –  good for printmaking, too.

The Make Your Mark Sale is from March 1st thru April 30th, 2017



I have always thought any of our papers could be used as artwork for your walls, but did you ever think that someone would create a line of paper for just that purpose? Italian Cavallini paper is just that, and the entire collection (of over 50 patterns!) is really fun! The images look like old timey illustrations from back in the day…reproductions of anatomy lessons, alphabets, bird illustrations, and maps- just to name a few. The sheets are 20×28″ in size and have a lovely laid finish. I recently had a customer cut one of the alphabet sheets for a quick and fun batch of flash cards to teach her grandson the ABC’s.

verrapaperblogMy name is Verra Blough, and I have been the Paper Department Manager at Wet Paint for 25 amazing years.  Wet Paint stocks over 20,000 individual sheets and 2,000 unique styles of paper, including papers from all over the world: China, Canada, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Philippines, Portugal, Thailand, and the USA.  We have some locally made ones, too!

Whether you’re looking for a surface for drawing, painting or printmaking, or a decorative sheet for bookbinding, invitations, or collage, I have the good fortune of seeing all of them and working with many of them…it would be my pleasure to help you find the perfect paper for your project.   With that in mind, I will be  blogging about paper each week, highlighting some of my favorites, as well as some helpful hints.  Let’s get started in exploring paper!

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WP Weekly Workout- Week 8: Kut-n-Paste with Kurt (Schwitters)

KurtS1942-43 [Difficult]Grab your favorite scissors and glue and let’s collage it up!  Use the awesome collage by Kurt Schwitters as inspiration to pair your own graphic elements with simple color fields to create visual interest and narrative.  Been saving that pretty paper scrap? Or that ticket stub from last week’s outing?  Now’s the time to pull it out and start layering ephemera in your workbook (this is a great way to archive your mementos!).  Assemble your favorite printed pieces, add additional swatches of color to complement them, and begin “painting” with your paper.  Think of each element like a field of color to unify your image (like Schwitters did with the overall ochre color) and play with layering effects to create unexpected detail.  When you’re pleased with your composition and you’ve got the colors and shapes the way you want them, go ahead and commit to it by gluing it down.   Don’t collect paper scraps? We have a variety of excellent scrap bags and fun decorative papers to cut up and collage (see below for more info).  For glue, we suggest using the super popular UHU stick, or the classic Mod Podge.  Acrylic gel mediums work well, too!

This week at Wet Paint (4/9 thru 4/15), we have the bountiful & eclectic Mega Mix scrap bags from The Japanese Paper Place on sale for 15% off!  Yay! You should also make sure to check out the entire line of super fun, vintage inspired, graphic Italian Cavallini papers for only $4.40 per sheet!  Seriously, you almost won’t want to cut these up, they are so cool.  Kristina suggests that you buy 2 – one to cut, one to keep!

1928 Untitled

Ticket stubs are great for collage! Another example by Kurt Schwitters (Untitled, 1928)


These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
If you are not on Facebook, share your photos in our Flickr group
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
 Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies