Have you ever bought something that you then forgot about? Well, I have. I was recently stocking a new paper purchase in my flat files and came across some papers I had brought home for a project a long time ago! These forgotten sheets were Thai Heavy Embossed with “Ficus Leaves.” This entire Heavy Embossed group has a very soft feel and off-white color. I bought these sheets a while back with the intention of using them as a window treatment. I knew I didn’t want curtains, so I thought these sheets would be lovely attached to the window with a little adhesive putty.
I cut the sheets down to the appropriate sizes and discovered that, when cut, the paper has a very soft edge- which I love. I might experiment with adding a little color to them… but they also look just fine as they are (why mess with a good thing?). I can’t wait to see what they look like once they’re up. I’ve left them out – so I don’t forget them again! – and plan to put them up at home soon. I’ll try to get a good picture of the finished product if I can (feel free to ask me about my new window shades the next time you’re in the store!).
The “Thai Heavy Embossed” group of papers are 22×30″ and handmade in Thailand.
Also, this is a fantastic show and will be up for another 2 weeks- until May 13 at the Textile Center. Mary Hark’s indigo dyed handmade paper and fabric is gorgeous! Check it out!
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!