Papergirl YVR art and artist interview

Have you heard of Papergirl YVR? It's a project that aims to bring art and the public together in an exciting and innovative way: by taking art out of the galleries and into the streets. Papergirl YVR is part of a larger global arts movement started by Aisha Ronniger, an art student in Berlin, in 2006. Since 2006, Papergirl has spread worldwide, including projects in Mexico City, San Francisco, Toronto, Wollongong, Manchester and Vancouver.

With their 6th year of this volunteer-driven, pedal-powered project coming up, Papergirl YVR sent out a request for artists to be interviewed. I applied and was asked to be one of their featured artists. Kewl!

Before my interview, I prepped some art to be part of the giveaway. Sharing is caring! That's why I adore Papergirl YVR and how they give art away while promoting a sense of community.

For the art it had to be something small and roll-able... I went with upcycling wallpaper samples into mini cutie patootie paintings. I selected a few samples I thought would work as a base plus could pass for mock frames.

I cut the wallpaper then glued Kraft paper to it to use as my canvas.

Next was adding white craft paint that I could layer other materials onto.

I sketched out my designs. This one was going to be a painting with 'you are BERRY sweet' on it.

First was adding the basic design and figuring out colours and the layout.

Then I added the text and used pencil and watercolour pencils to add some details...

Looking pretty colourful and cute!

Final step was adding the script and a layer of Mod Podge to seal the deal.

Hopefully whoever receives my art likes it! Wallpaper is a lovely medium since the paper is so heavy and yet still roll-able. Perfect!

'ORANGE you great'...

And 'you are my SUNSHINE'...

I hope to make the VIBE 8 opening for the exhibition at the Anvil Centre on Thursday, May 26th from 7pm to 9pm. Drop by to help celebrate the opening of the show plus view this year's artwork, meet and talk with participating Papergirl artists and enjoy live music!

Stay tuned for my interview. It'll be posted on the Papergirl YVR blog on Friday, May 27th. Big thanks to Papergirl YVR for the feature and for just being super duper awesome!

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