Sunday 31 January 2021

2021 Topic 2: A Pocketful of ... {Topic Intro}

 2021 Topic  2 - A Pocketful of ...

Hi everyone, Keren here.

A pocketful...of rye? For Agatha Christie fans, that might be your first thought; a pocketful of a mysterious item. The other thing that leaps to mind is the actual nursery rhyme.. 'sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye, four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie'. I always thought that that rhyme was somewhat dark!
But what does it mean artistically? Well, where do you start. How big is a pocket and what can you stuff into it. Could it be a junk pocket, a fabric pocket, an envelope? Let's see what we found from a sift through of the inspiration online on the PaperArtsy blog.

Kicking off with a pocket, but fabric based. Don't you love the way that Darcy Wilkinson has painted, stencilled and added illustrations too.

Lin Shields is up next, using some Lynne Perrella stamps and a folio just full of pockets, tags and textures. Look at that beautiful embossed pocket.

Etsuko has produced pockets within a pocket type folder. So many lovely details with those perfect little inner pockets!

We start off exploring with this super simple idea. Little vellum pockets that look printed but you could stamp or heat emboss on some home made pockets. They make lovely treat containers.

The next 3 projects are along a similar theme. Over the past few years there has been a trend that some of you might have indulged in; loaded envelopes. They are often swapped and filled with paper-craft goodies for recipients to use.

This could be a loaded pocket, but its actually a multi pocket album. Imagine sifting through all the little tags and items, reminiscing and reading favourite memories?

I know we're just past Christmas, but can you ever be too organised?! The idea of having a bunting type calendar (some people do countdowns to weddings or significant birthdays) is a simple one. I do love the fact that each pocket is entirely different, perhaps you have a load of Christmas paper scraps in your stash to do something like this!

Using a pocket as a base to decorate for something decorative doesn't come more simpler than the humble envelope. Kraft envelopes can take so many colours and this mixture of stamping and ephemera is so truly beautiful.

Pockets can be pared back and made from recycled ingredients. I love this handmade receptacle, sewn together with fibres and as it's transparent you'll never have to wonder what is contained inside!

Art Craft Crazy

A pocketful of inspiration is in evidence here. Love the carefully placed elements with the collage sheets.


Going more literally; how about a pocket full of painted art. Recreate your favourite artist on the rear of your favourite jeans. This would be a great idea for stamping and painting your favourite PaperArtsy images!

Sometimes more is most definitely more, and there are a plethora of pockets here. The limited colour palette and use of different lace and ribbons in cream and white stops the project from becoming overly busy.

I've included this project, which although similar to Darcy's opening project, is different because it uses just the pockets. I thought it might be a wonderful idea in different coloured pockets or perhaps stencilled and bleached denim.

This journal / mini album has an interesting technique for inserting tags and envelopes. Using diagonal pockets also is a great design tool for leading the eye onto the next page.

Many mini albums use a version of pockets. Why not attach together some pockets or envelopes and add a simple spine or rings. 

The way that pockets can be opened is a design decision and this clever zip idea could be used in a myriad of ways.

Pockets could be created out of paper bags. This pretty and delicate set of pockets are demonstrated in this video.

Junk journals are an obvious direction when considering this topic.This project looks anything but 'junky' and has so many clever ways of incorporating both pockets and inclusions.

We end up this topic with a bright and fun pocket full of paper-crafted elements. I've included this last one for the glassine styled pocket and because it looks like a celebration. With all the stresses of current life, getting down to creating some fun art and finding new ways to add pockets into your creating sounds like the perfect way to wile away a few hours.

If you want to create along with us while we explore this topic, please share your makes on our social feeds so we can follow along. Instagram @paperartsy or why not join us and post in the PaperArtsy People Group on Facebook. Make sure you tag us in your contributions, we love to see what you get up to in your creative world!


Helen said...

wow, there are some great pockets there for inspiration

Miriam said... the inspiration for this topic

Etsuko said...

What a dream project Pocketful!! And lovely these samples. xx

Words and Pictures said...

Such a brilliant intro post, Keren... amazing, amazing inspiration projects.
Alison x

Ellie Knol said...

I've got my thinking caps on now,, Keren.. marvellous inspiration!