Friday, 27 May 2011

Half-term Papergirl print workshop for children!

Our friends at The Printhaus are going the extra mile in half-term week and are running two print-making workshops for children during the half-term holiday!  It's the perfect chance for your children to make some art for Papergirl Cardiff, and a great opportunity to use the fantastic facilities at The Printhaus.

There will be two sessions on Thursday 2nd June: 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm.  The cost per session will be only £6 for a parent and child - each additional child will cost £2. There are 8 child places per session, so please sign up now by emailing us:

This is a super half-term activity, so please do take advantage of this opportunity to check out our Papergirl partner, and get your kids into print-making!

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Papergirl Cardiff Submissions Deadline Extended!

We are pleased to let you know that we are extending the Papergirl Cardiff submissions deadline by 1 week. Why? Well, a couple of reasons really. First of all, we realise it's a busy time of year and a lot of people are struggling to find time to get their submissions done. Second, the coming half-term and bank holiday might give people more time. And finally...we would love to get even more submissions! Our aim is for Papergirl Cardiff to be a fun event for as many people as possible so the more submissions we get the more surprised and happy people there will be!

So you now have until Saturday 4th of June to get your submissions in.

Don't forget, if you want to drop-off artwork on Saturdays you can now leave it at the Chapter Arts Centre box office.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Have your portrait painted for Papergirl!

Here's a lovely guest post from Ian Homer, a 'Friend of Papergirl Cardiff', who has made some art for us, and has a great idea for you to be a part of!  Read how he made the art, and how you can be painted too.  Thanks Ian!

Portraiture has become an increasingly important area of work for me in recent years: portrait photography that is.

However, rather than submit photographs to Papergirl Cardiff, I decided to pick up my pencils and watercolour brushes and commit myself to a new challenge: a portrait painting from life.

It's been a few years since I even did any painting bar the decorating kind and the odd bit of spotting prints and touching up bikes.  I have never painted a visage from anything other than a photograph before so I was a bit apprehensive but excited at the idea nonetheless. Most of the paintings, largely watercolours and a few oils, have been landscapes and the majority of those many years ago before photography took over completely and became my job.

I asked one of the event organisers, @MissClevaness if she would mind sitting for me (how could she refuse?!)  so on Friday I turned up and set up studio in her house.  We chatted over a cup of tea, I found a pose she struck I liked and set about first with pencil and then adding washes and detail; the whole experience shifted from something very  relaxing to something a lot more tense as I  attempted to get a good likeness. Some more tea, some more chit-chat and a few looks over from my sitter and comments like she thought I was giving her a beard – I had to explain it was the shadow beneath her chin - I finally came up with this:

Not a masterpiece but I'm glad I attempted to tackle it
Here's the next part: I had wanted to paint @MissClevaness as a dry run... for what you might ask? Well, I'm putting it out there in the blogosphere and twitterverse that if someone in Cardiff wants their portrait painted by me in the early part of this week at a cafĂ© or similar venue in town (submissions are due this Friday) please drop me a line @Ihphoto .  It's first come first served I'm afraid so please do all rush at once!

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Workshop Update

Just to let you know that our art workshop at The Printhaus on Thursday 19th May (see post below for details) will be open from 7pm - drop in during the evening to make some art for Papergirl and use the great facilities on offer!

Monday, 16 May 2011

Want to make art?

If you'd like to submit some work to Papergirl Cardiff but can't find the time, then our free workshop is for you. On Thursday 19th May, in the evening (exact times tbc) The Printhaus will be open to people who'd like to make some art for the event. There will be some materials available, but if you have any you could bring with you that would be great. There will also members of the Papergirl team on hand to offer advice (not guaranteed to be useful!), ideas and encouragement. This is a free workshop and numbers are limited to 12, so please get in touch via if you think you'd like to come. Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available for a small charge.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

More submissions!

 This image is from Hilary Lomas. Beautiful.

This is by Katie Smith. Katie is the founder of the We found Art project - a fantastic idea, bringing art to a wider audience and increasing participation. Bit like Papergirl really! You can find out more here.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Keep them coming people!

This beautiful image is by Pauline Williams. You can see more of her work here.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Papergirl Cardiff goes international!

We received our first international submission today!

This fantastic image of rocking wizards is from Brenda Kirk, in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
You can see more of her work on her blog Brain Confetti. She is also the editor of Geektress, a site for women who like Sci-Fi! (amongst other things) 

We're really excited to see submissions coming in! Keep them coming everyone, the more the merrier.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Exhibition Confirmed!

We're delighted to be joining up with printmaking workshop The Printhaus to hold our exhibition. The show will run from 11th-17th June and the works will be distributed on the 18th. We're planning to have an opening party on Saturday 11th, so watch this space for details.

The ethos of  The Printhaus has a lot in common with Papergirl and we can't wait to start working with the artists there. We hope it will be a great partnership! You can find more details about The Printhaus here: Facebook: Printhaus Remember that tomorrow evening we'll be at Cardiff Arts Institute, courtesy of  ThinkArk, for an open evening. Please come and say hello if you have any questions about the event or if you have anything to say at all really!