22 Jun 2011
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

I actually remember the first time I was shown how to burn the edges of paper and use wax and charcoal to produce antique effects.  It was a mystical moment, and recollected recently when I saw these junior projects on the wall at my daughter’s school.

Don’t we all still adore this? Torn love letters splashed with pink paint.

 Or our very own Czainski’sfeats of Trompe L’oiel…

My friend and conservator Julie Fitzgerald travels the world painstakingly restoring works on paper including things like this 18 Century lampshade…I like to tease her that I generally prefer the ‘before’.  

And, as usual, this idea crosses the arts, into fashion, and even video…super cool.

5 Responses to “Torn.”

  1. so creative! love this post. happy wednesday xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  2. avatar Karena says:

    Colette I remember doing these torn and burned edges and then decoupaging to wood!


    Art by Karena

  3. avatar Sharon says:

    Loved this post! xo

  4. Hi, Take a look at the photographer Dorothy Bohm’s work … which is pictures of ripped posters with layers of other posters underneath…. I have always been inspired by these images…..

  5. avatar Colette says:

    love her work – transient and melancholic…thanks for letting me know. xc

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