My 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!
Decor Blossoms from Nepal
This paper is handmade in Nepal from the fibrous bark of the daphne cannabina- a bushy herb commonly known as “Lokta.” Sheets are 19.5×29.5″ and are available in 4 color combinations: Slate on Cream, Gold on Navy Blue, Gold on Sage, and Gold on Black.
This beautiful sheet can be used for many paper art applications- book arts, collage, and decoupage- or with the Slate on Cream style, just add color to it like an oversized coloring book page! You could even just hang it up as art to enjoy on your wall.
Japanese Amime Lace
I’ve always loved clean lines, intersecting lines, and grids. The entire Amime Lace series (of 13 colors!) really speaks to me- the grid pattern and the range of colors make me very happy. I would like to highlight a particular favorite with the “hot pink” color. This color says summer time to me when everything in my weird world revolves around bright colors. Who doesn’t need a little summer feeling right now? Hot Pink Amime Lace would also be totally appropriate for your handmade valentine…ooh la la! Whatever the project, I enjoy paring up bright colors with a crisp white paper for a fresh look and adding the various colored grids to my collages to create depth.