Friday, June 10, 2011
From the "Too Cool for Words" Department...
As you may imagine, when I found the wool and the Japanese paper ones, I nearly plotzed. I discovered them at a used book store in Plymouth, Wisconsin about 10 years ago. Apparently, they had just come in that day and the owner was eyeing them up for herself - when I went to check out she said, "AW! I was hoping no one would find these!". :D
The Japanese Paper sample book has a lot more samples in it and was put out by Aiko's Art Materials Import in Chicago. By my count there are 150 different papers in the book. Finding this book was like discovering a pot of gold and for the longest time I wouldn't even DREAM of cutting it up; I would just skim through it and admire the different papers. One day, however, I was doing a project that required a wood-type design and I knew there were a couple of different pages I could use. I must've agonized about it for an hour before I took the plunge. It is still the only page I've used but I'm not sorry I did it. It says right in the front of the book, "We take great pleasure and pride in introducing this beautiful product to you and hope that you will enjoy it in your creative work." Permission granted! :D
Perhaps you're wondering at this point whether or not I've used the wool book and the answer is....yes. Yes I have. :D It was harder to work with than I thought it would be and I'll only be using it in the most desperate of occasions. But I like how the piece turned out!