Paper-Ya on Granville Island

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Paper-Ya offers the creative individual a unique and inspired collection of decorative and unusual papers from around the world. We specialize in all areas of contemporary personal and office stationery including photo albums and wedding invitational papers.

The houseguest gift does not have to be expensive but it does have to have a personal touch.

If you find yourself chillin' in the home of a friend or relative this summer, you are lucky! The houseguest gift is the perfect way to show gratitude for your hosts generosity. We chose a variety of gifts for every budget. 

For him or her, a gift that recognizes someones style is key. It is always a treat to receive a gift that is something special, and "just for you!" 

Journal notebooks, guest books and boxed set of thank you cards, are always appreciated. Our new Vancouver made candles are amazing, and who wouldn't love a sugar skull tea towel? We know you will find that special something for those kind folks that made your holiday extra special this summer! 

Collage in Printmaking : fun, simple and very effective!

Add color and texture easily with layering a variety of our decorative and handmade papers to your art. We continue with our series exploring artists working with paper or paper as art. Denise Carson WIlde's inventive and bold etchings from a series made in 1997 entitled "Marshes Library" uses various Nepalese and Thai papers to provide dimension of form and diversity to only one image. Each print stands out yet each print has a slightly different feel.

Denise Carson Wilde has used an archival PVA glue sold at Paper-Ya, that is often used for bookmaking. This type of glue provides flexibility and strength. The glue has shown itself to have absolutely no issues. But as in most artwork it is direct sun light and humidity that will alter your work. So be careful with displaying  and storing your art!

Collage or varied editions can be a free wheeling way to make images. Tearing the papers, letting the deckle edges show and layering a wide variety of papers can easily give your work a tactility and lively feel. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy yourself!

The artistry of Robert Wu's marbled papers.

Continuing with our series on marbled papers we are pleased to introduce the hand marbled papers of  Robert Wu. 

We have been selling papers for almost 30 years now, and frankly, we have never seen such a rich and exciting color sense.

Patterns swirl, twist and effortlessly float on paper in all sorts of directions 

Wu's marbled papers can be used in book and card making. But simply framed on their own is a complete statement of beauty, color and sensation.