It may not be fair to play favorites, but there was one booth that literally stopped me in my tracks as I walked by- the Die Cuts with a View (DCWV)/ Blue Moons Beads! Actually there were walls all around the booth- but the framed art on the outside was breathtaking. Each was fairly large- at least 36inches by 48.
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This one caught my eye first- from afar, it was almost looking like buttons.
Closer inspection reveals that it’s paper! Made in a quilling style, the paper strips were about 1/2 to 1 inch in width, and many were made with corrugated paper. LOVE this, soooo much.
Literally a “Paper Tiger” this piece was created with strips and giving dimension- but I’m not sure how. I wonder what is under those strips giving the paper a support so it can curve and bend? Anyway, it was both clever and beautiful, no?
Another quilling piece, this one was much more traditional looking and in it’s construction. The paper strips were about 1 inch wide. I love the scale and color palette.
This stunning mosaic is made from beads in all different sizes. I love the textural effect.
This one is another 3-D paper piece. Maybe I’m partial to it because of the London skyline…
The spokes of these mirrors are make with LARGE paper beads- at least 6 inches long. Doesn’t it make you look at your paper stash in a new light?
This is another mixed media piece using lots of buttons and beads. I’d love to have this for my daughter’s room. Adorbs!
This mixed-media canvas is literally falling out of the frame! It looks so complex- but it would be beautiful in my studio….
A simpler home-decor piece using an upcycled frame (maybe a mirror) and a large wooden plaque. This is actually do-able!
One of my favorites- a 3-D honeycomb, each with a mini die-cut piece of art inside. This one boarders on fine art for me- you just want to peek inside!
Here you can really see the dimension and the layers in the artwork inside.
This last one is like a scrapbook page on steriods! Huge, lots of layers popped with foam core and pretty paper.
And these were just OUTSIDE the booth. But it was more than enough to spark your imagination, I hope. Which one is your favorite. Would you actually try any of them?