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Eraser Study

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Erasers, a stationery accessory that we can't live without especially for pencil lovers. These photos to showcase the eraser from visual artist in Portugal, José Lourenço, depicts the eraser with a lovely balance from colour,  form, shapes, cuteness to functions. Super adorbs!

DIY Paper Fan

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Feelin' hot hot hot!  We are all super hot stuff at this time of the year as Britain reaches the highest temperature of the year. Record breaking heat and the mercury is set to rise tomorrow again too. Heat wave ahoy! No matter how hot we are in this sweltering heat, there are moments we want to still be in our coolest. To cool down from this heat, let's make some paper fans to chill out or use them to fan your biggest fans.

This easy to do tutorial is also perfect to be done together with children during the summer holidays.

Here's how to make them:

MATERIALS (For each fan)

  • A4 Paper
  • Printer to print the fans templates on
  • Fan pattern templates are downloadable by clicking the following links : Sunny Chips, Watermelon, Forest Palm
  • A4 backing card to stick the fan template on (for a more powerful fan you will want to glue the fan template onto a piece of backing card). We have spare cards lying around in the studio which we recycled from other paper projects. To purchase we suggest these A4 Canford white cards from Paperchase. Alternatively, our preferred option is to recycle wherever possible, any empty cereal / any clean cardboard packaging will be great.
  • Wooden popsicle / lolly sticks. This could be easily purchased from craft shops / also cooking shops. We got ours from here, with the extras will be perfect to make ice lollipops too!  

TOOLS

  • scissors
  • glue

METHOD

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  1. Download and print the template. We have 3 template to choose from Watermelon (inspired by our watermelon card), Forest Palm or Sunny Chips
  2. Paste the A4 template onto your backing card. 
  3. Once the glue is dried, cut around the patterned shapes. 2 patterned shapes would be resulted.
  4. Apply glue all around the non patterned side of the paper. 
  5. Mark around 3cm from the top of the popsicle stick and apply glue to both sides of the stick. 
  6. Place popsicle stick near the centre edge of one side of the patterned paper. (glue side facing up) Sandwich both sheets of paper together with the popsicle stick and press around the seams to make sure everything is glued together. 
  7. Leave the fan to dry. 

Once everything is dried, start fanning! This summer, this could be your one cool fan to make!

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Paper Lover's Favourite Pantone Palettes

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As paper and stationery lovers, these pantone palettes will be something we can't live without. From washi paper, glitter, sprinkles, holographic, confetti. Simply fun! Thank you Maria Marie for these wonderful pantone shots that are perfect compliments to any paper projects. Just like add-ons we need for any ice cream sundae. Sweet. 

Nelson Mandela As An Artist

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Today marks the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela! To mark this occasion, WeTransfer has curated an exclusive online exhibition together with the House of Mandela to showcase many of the unseen illustrations that were drawn by Nelson Mandela. 

The artwork is thought provoking, especially to see the creative side from a politician. Our favourites are the charcoal illustrations from the Nguni Bull that represents strength, to the dove, that represents freedom. As Mandela once said "It always seems impossible until it's done."

Summer Puddings

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It's summer and plenty of berries are in season including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries etc. This has us thinking about summer puddings, something refreshing and fruity!

Summer desserts including gelato, ice lollies, strawberry cake, summer puddings are ideal for the hot weather. We are inspired by this super super cute paper food desserts made by Amsterdam and Paris based graphic designer Charlotte Smith.  Cuteness overload and sugar cravings alert here!

Photos courtesy of Charlotte Smith www.charlottesmith.fr

Goal England Goal

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As Team England will play tonight at the World Cup Semi Finals against Croatia, we have created a little animation of our Footy from our V for Vibes range in red and white kit to root on the England Team.

Although #WaistCoatWednesday is trending, for now, our footy won't have a waist coat just yet, as it needs to roll freely on the pitch, but the manager can. Goal goal goal Team England! 

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Thanks From Origami

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When simple chopsticks wrappers are transformed into beautiful objects, or animals through folding and creasing in the form of origami, it makes a lovely reciprocal way to say thank you to a restaurant. A form of "silent" but simple and elegant communication method between the customers and the restaurant to say thank you. 

"Japanese Tip" is a project by Yuki Tatsumi, that just does precisely that. Tip not in the way of monetary form, but of origami objects that have been created and folded by patrons of restaurants from chopstick wrappers that have visited restaurants from different parts of Japan. Restaurants including sushi, izakaya, cafes etc. A heart warming collection of objects that will make you smile. Over 8,000 of "tip objects" have been collected. 

Photos courtesy of Japanese Tip.

Receipt Art For Real

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It is possible to find art on receipt, especially on Italian's artist Michael Moccia's instagram account. From the wood block print "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" of Japanese artist Hokusai, to Van Gogh's Starry Sky, Gustav Klimt's The Kiss, Edvard Munch's The Scream, these classic artworks have been recreated and illustrated on the humble receipt. Receipts are never the same again. Ceci n'est pas une peinture.