Streets of Paper Houses: A Papercraft Project
With its huddled blocks of wonky,brown stone houses lined with quirky windows and mysterious iron-clad verandahs, it’s a dream street, if say, you were cartoon folk.
Every once in a while I fall head over heels with a paper pad. One that truly floats my boat or even rocks it! One such as this premium paper pad series entitled ‘man-made’ from the talented illustrator Jessica Hogarth. With its huddled blocks of wonky, (I’d say maybe ‘Brooklyn-style’ ) brown stone houses lined with quirky windows and mysterious iron-clad verandahs, it’s a dream street, if say, you were cartoon folk.
When a certain illustration captivates my imagination, it can be hard not to have my mind pop out a cluster of crafty ideas to run with. So whenever it does happen, I…milk it!
Aside from looking pretty darn nifty on its own as a wallpaper or poster (but why would you leave it at that), I almost hear it crying out to me to be transformed into a street of paper architecture.
And so I did it a favour and its wish came true. These paper houses lived happily after on my mantlepiece, my peg board, then my craft studio desk and of course my writing desk (actually one and the same,ha).
In the following pictures I hope to give you a glimpse into a freehand process I came to just by inspiration, trial and error. Using a cutting board, a penknife, some heavy cardstock paper, craft glue and pencil lines—voila. I was a paper real estate magnate within minutes. Talk about humble beginnings, haha! I can dream, can’t I.
This paper has also spurned an entire ‘house series’ including a tiny framed shadow box with sentiment, a few handmade cards, gift tags and more.
In the wake of the new year bursting with all of its potential, I do hope you’ve all been well! As for me, I’ve been getting busy with my freelance writing projects, finishing up a book this year that I’ve been working on and though it’s only January, our calendar is fast filling up!
I’ll be sharing my new year baking featuring more homemade treats and sharing with you more of my cooking adventures and new obsessions. I’ve been a little mad with blending fruit and green smoothies ever since my true love got me an immersion blender! These are coming right up plus how I taught myself a new craft in the new year—carving my own rubber stamps!
Every new start of the year I set goals to stretch myself creatively and this space is one of the ways I try to connect with the world in my own tiny little way, in the hope that I can add my own handprint with other creative types—the writers, the musicians, the makers, the artists and the artisans to make it a more colourful place.
Here’s to a happy, prosperous, creative twenty seventeen!