Grid of Pretty Papers

Paper sampler grid

Continuing with grids
, this time more of a Paper Sampler, as suggested for the June crusade. I have only used papers I’m really drawn to right now, so this sampler is really showing “my style” when it comes to papers. Lots of green, pink and yellow. Lots of polka dots and flowers, some letters and some more personal and grungy looking papers.

Pink bird
I cut out small squares 4×4 centimeters (that is 1.5×1.5 inches), and glued them in rows on a painted page.

It’s not a typical Art Journal page for me, but I think this is a fun prompt that we could all do a few times in each journal really. In a few years all of these papers will be used up and my stash filled with other papers. Then this page will be a scrap page of memories. I will look at this page and think back to what pretty papers I enjoyed in the end of 2010…

I will also print the list below and tape it in the journal. In this way I will remember where I got some of the papers and how much of them I had, a few of them are just scraps from the beginning and therefor precious.

Grid Sampler of Papers
Page turned sideways, so you can see all the yummy papers. They are…

1-4. Pink Scrapbook Papers, two dotted and two with flowers.

5. Scrapbook papers in pink and yellow, with a metallic shimmer.
6. Pink paper with dimensional glitter, a birthday present from Christina 2 years ago.
7. Tilde wrapping paper in turquoise with pink roses and birds, bought last month for Panduro birthday check.
8. Sample piece of scrapbook papers, sent to me as a gift.

9. Wallpaper, from a big sampler book.
10. Wallpaper (a favorite, see below) that I got in a swap package from Nancy B a few years ago – more of this kind is on my wish list!
11. Wallpaper – with a brown pattern, on the roll, thrifted and a cheap paper I love using.
12. Pattern from a magazine image of a wallpaper.

13. Dotted yellow and pink scrapbook paper.
14. Striped scrapbook paper that I spraypainted with black dots last summer. Love this!
15. Another scrapbook paper in green that I spray painted with pink big dots. Yum!
16. Chinese lettered paper, from a package I bought from Kelly Kilmer two summers ago.

17. Handwritten vintage notebook paper, found at a flea market here in Sweden once. Fab!
18. Patterned magazine clip from a book catalogue.
19. Bright pink paper saved from a delicious paper bag. Love this colour!
20. Green scrapbook paper with white swirls. Simple but pretty.

Grid Sampler Pretty Papers - page 2
21. Notebook paper that is splattered with paint, turned a beautiful pattern. Me like.
22. Old green scrapbook paper with both flowers and grid.
23. Checked pink fabric found on my desk while doing this grid. I think I will do a grid with only fabrics too soon.
24. Baby blue wrapping paper with big white dots – a favorite. Recycled from a gift I got once.

25. Handmade background paper. Charcoal pen swirls on ledger paper, covered with a coat of green acrylic paint.
26. Piece of watercolour paper with crayon marks.
27. White wrapping paper with metallic silver flowers.
28. Blue scrapbook paper with dots. See a dotted pattern in this grid? ;-)

29. Pink scrapbook paper spraypainted through a letter stencil.
30. Book page coated in pink acrylic paint.
31. Plastic drawer paper with a sticky pack, bought recently at IKEA.
32. Blue security pattern from inside an envelope.

33. Brown paper bag, first wrinkled and then gessoed.
34-36. Thin Japanese Origami paper, in the back from Kelly Kilmer. Love this stuff so much!

37. Wallpaper with medallions and stripes, from a thrifted roll.
28. Piece of wrapping paper in orange with both grids, squares and dots!
39. Black magazine piece with white pattern, cut out from a old art magazine.
40. Panduro wrapping paper in pink with a lace like pattern. A roll I got as a Christmas gift from mom.

Beautiful wallpaper

Check out the June crusade Grid Lock if you haven’t already. That’s where Michelle Ward writes about this exercise;

    Or you can do what I call *Me First Journaling* – where you cut and paste clippings from new finds, or favorites from your stash, saving a little bit for yourself in your journal, thereby freeing you to use the rest for something else. Helps to be less pack-ratty :)

Join us, make your own grid and then cruise among the other participants, listed in the side of the crusade page. Thanks!

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22 Responses to Grid of Pretty Papers

  1. K Hutchinson says:

    OMG this is soooo gorgeous! I love hearing all about the each pieces! Love it!

  2. Tally says:

    Of course I like those pages


  3. FABULOUS!!!! Love the grids – love your choices – love your list. LOVE that the underneath is colored – really gives an interesting look to the grid. Thank you Hanna for sharing your enthusiam for making grids – and for recognizing the coolness of having *evidence* pages in your journal of the things that speak to you at this moment. Those little squares are not only storytellers of style, they will conjure up all kinds of memories when you look back on them one day. xo

  4. Lorraine says:

    like all the lovely colorus..you have lots of good ideas and inspiration on your blog thankyou

  5. Heather says:

    Love this! I think I will do something similar in my journal. Love the papers you have and I think it’s a great way to see how our tastes change and stay the same over time!

  6. dawn says:

    yep…LOVE it as usual :)

  7. F. says:

    So inspiring! The first two images especially are a treat to look at!

  8. Kimberly says:

    I love, love, love the grids. I really like the idea of doing this with paper. It is a great reminder of what you have…I store mine in a box and then I forget what I have. Thanks!

  9. Judy Scott says:

    I love these – the paper with the pink bird and roses on the turquoise background is just gorgeous. :)

  10. Helen says:

    Such an inspiring pages! Feel the urge to start making some myself. Thank you

  11. What an awesome idea and it looks beautiful! I’m going to try this – thanks for the inspiration!

  12. I love the freshness of your colors.

  13. Loes says:

    I really like your colors and patterns. It makes me want to cut up stacks of papers and glue like a maniac.

  14. Dawn says:

    Awesome! I’m really drawn to your pages. The painted background really adds to the look of the whole. I think you are so right about looking back at these pages later when the papers will be all used up or you have gone on to other likes. Now *I* need to go do a grid page.

  15. BrigittevT says:

    A beautiful grid, you chose so many wonderful papers ! Love the feel of this page. Thank you for sharing !

  16. sheila says:

    I love the look of these pages and the fact that this is in a way a reflection of you at this moment. Amazing that you could remember something about each piece of paper – wow! Thanks again for all you share.

  17. Lay Hoon says:

    Beautiful !! YOu are rock @!

  18. These are great, it is a good idea to keep a list and I love the fact that you painted your page pink.

  19. Chris says:

    I’ve seen this post before, but I did not comment, I guess. I love your list of things that are on your grid. Thanks for all this detail.

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