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Guest Curator: Oh So Beautiful Paper

Sep 15, 2010

by Nole Garey

Nole-author.jpgNole Garey is the editor and founder of Oh So Beautiful Paper, a daily wedding and design blog showcasing her love for all things paper. Blogging since September 2008, Nole loves to inspire others looking for unique wedding invitations, greeting cards, business card ideas, and paper artwork.

If you’ve ever spent a few minutes on my blog, you know that I love paper in all of its incarnations: wedding invitations, greeting cards, business cards, and of course, art prints. If you’ve just moved into a new house, or are otherwise looking for ways to spruce up your place, prints can be a great and totally affordable way to add some color and joie de vivre. Try mixing a few like-minded pieces together on a gallery wall, or use a larger print as a statement piece to anchor the rest of your room. I’ve browsed the Etsy shops of several paper artisans and collected a few of my favorite prints for you to enjoy.


Letterpress Artwork
The tactile feel and crisp appearance of letterpress makes my heart flutter. The skill and craftsmanship that goes into creating a single print makes my head spin. Once these gorgeous prints are up on a wall I could gaze at them for hours.


[From left: Partridge in a Pear Tree by byvikINK, on a string/ letterpress by seesawdesigns, Ever and a Day by enormouschampion, Letter Press La Vie en Rose Poster. 11 x 14. by sycamorestreetpress, Office Letterpress by eighthourday, wildflower windmill print (limited edition leterpress) by dutchdoor, Modern Whale Letterpress Print by luludee]


Art to Make You Happy
Everyone needs a little pick-me-up every now and then. Place a few of these prints in your office space, or scatter them around your house just in case your day is in need of a little brightening.


[The Thread That Binds Us Print by smalltalkstudio, Custom Colors – Most Folks Are About As Happy As They Make Up Their Minds to Be by MaryKateMcDevitt, Life Is Good print by hellojenuine, Strange and Magnificient – Fine Art Print (Large) by FreyaArt]


Art for Kids
I’m a big fan of decorating a child’s room with artwork that inspires and educates. From creative alphabet and number prints to whimsical illustrations, there’s plenty to help spark your child’s imagination.


[Wild Thing Max – Pen and Ink Illustration – 5 x 7-Print by NanLawson, Hot Air Balloon- Limited edition screen print -18×24 by jenskelley, Every Boy is a Superhero Sometimes by ashleyg, Letterpress Alphabet Poster. Modern Design. Apple/Marigold. 11 x 14 by sycamorestreetpress, Blue Numbers Numbers Letterpress Print – Limited Edition by pearlmarmalade]


Nature Inspired Art
If you’re looking for something a bit more neutral, nature inspired prints are a great way to go. From screenprints to watercolors, the options are beautiful and endless.


[Hello Print 8 x 10 by leahduncan, zebra finch limited edition print by beethings, teal plantlife – original screenprinted art by summersville, Evergreen Trees Letterpress Print by OldSchoolStationers, Spring Collection Print by AmyMarcella, Original Papercut Whales by mrYen,
Maidenhair Fern No. 4 original watercolor painting by GollyBard]

Finally, it’s my personal dream to own one of these gorgeous Rob Ryan prints one day — wouldn’t it make the most gorgeous statement piece? Ah, a girl can dream…


[You Are My Universe by misterrob]


Thanks to Nole for sharing her wealth of paper expertise. Check out Oh So Beautiful Paper for more trees gone to excellent use.



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