I went to the grocery store the other day and look what I found: Paper pattern ideas!
fruit found at the grocery store that inspired Sue Clancy’s new handmade paper pattern ideas
Then I designed and cut stencils so I could make a pattern on my freshly dyed handmade paper (in prep for some new fine art).
Sue Clancy’s work table full of tools for cutting stencils and the stencils she cut. Oh, and her cup of coffee.
And here I am using the stencils to make the patterns. If it looks like I’m having fun it’s because I am! And yes, a sharp eyed reader will eventually spot these papers in some new fine art of mine one of these days.
Sue Clancy in the process of stenciling patterns on handmade hand dyed papers
After any completed fine art or illustration collage project I have lots of handmade-one-of-a-kind papers leftover. Since I made the paper – spent several days creating it for specific works of fine art/illustration – I don’t want to throw the special-to-me art paper away or put it in a recycle bin. So for a number of years now me (and my wife Judy) have solved the problem of what-to-do-with-too-much-paper by creating little “cigarette pack” size books out of the above mentioned scrap paper and selling them via a project called Art O Mat http://www.artomat.org/ ! We’ve recently been getting another batch of books ready to ship to the folks at Art O Mat and I’ve almost got the studio cleaned up and ready for the next fine art/illustration project! What fun! Oh, btw many of my own sketchbooks (sample pages seen on this blog) have been hand sewn similarly to what you see in the picture. (You can also see more about this project on sueclancy.com under the books menu.)