Wednesday 8 July 2015

Fabriano; paper of the Italian Masters

One last post I would like to share with you from my recent holiday in Sicily is how we found a wonderful art shop in the back streets of Taormina. It sold  Fabriano paper which is made in Italy. I had never heard of Fabriano but it has been making paper since 1264......yes seriously and it made all the papers which Michelangelo and the other great Italian masters used. Many bank notes are printed on it too. It celebrated its 750th anniversary last year.

The main street in Taormina is so pretty and has a plaza half way along

with some very interesting lamp posts.

We walked into town most days and went off down the side streets one day where we found the shop

I found a gorgeous wallet of paper (a special limited edition for the 750th anniversary last year) and my Hb bought a stunning leather pencil case. There is now only 1 last pack left in the shop ! I was so lucky to have found it.

 The papers are just exquisite and some are water marked.I love stroking it...fellow paper lovers will know just what I mean.

What was an amazing coincidence is that I bought a small water colour to add to my travel journal from a local artist and it was painted on Fabriano paper!
and this is the same view as captured by the street artist.

I decided when I got home that I would make 2" Moments" for my journal using a piece of my very precious Fabriano paper. I cut the page in half and added some bister powders in 2 different colourways; I inked the backs too as that is where I would be attaching my holiday ephemera.

I added some texture paste through a couple of TH stencils and a little abandoned coral and vintage photo DI and some simple stamping using my Visible Image stamps. I also flicked some brown fountain pen ink on them.
Here is the pink version

and the blue one, to which I simply added some Vintage photo DI

Here is the pink version in my travel journal

I used the backs of my Moments to attach my ephemera, including that from the Fabriano shop.
I will be revealing my finished travel journal next Monday...I have actually got 2 GD posts going up on the same day! One will be my journal for Country View.

I would like to enter my pink Moment (or both if I am allowed to) into the following great challenges;

PaperArtsy stencils
Stamp and Create patterns
Penny black and more add a sentiment
Stamps and stencils happy holidays
Noor!UK something old/something new my old are my VI stamps, my new is my wonderful Fabriano paper.
Country View on your travels
Love 2 create anything mixed media
That craft place anything goes mixed media
Frilly and Funkie something to say
A vintage journey destinations

Also just another little hint that my bloggerversary is now only 18 days away and I am having a giveaway of my hand made jewellery. If you missed my shout out post you can find it here

Thanks for visiting me and for taking the time to leave a comment. I really enjoy reading every single one of them. A warm welcome to my newest followers, it's great to see you joining me here at Jane's Journal.

 Wimbledon is really hotting up and I am enjoying seeing the recent matches on TV. I am looking forward to the finals at the weekend.....can Andy do it again or will Federer or Djokovic be crowned champion? It's certainly exciting viewing.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. How fantastic finding the paper makers, fancy you and Micahelangelo using the same paper!
    I love what you've done with yours, the ink work is beautiful, it's looks like gorgeous flowers, you've certainly done the paper proud!
    Lovely Italian images too. :)
    Have a lovely evening my friend,
    V x

  2. amazing find Jane and wonderful pages for your journal too - really looking forward to seeing the finished article! Big hugs rachel xx

  3. Ohhhh.. I'm a paper lover.. a calligrapher.. a fountain pen user.. I would love some of their paper! I would like to see your husbands pen case! What a fun find.. lucky you! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Just saw this on FB and I thought they were stamped roses, love how you made this piece, just so beautiful and even more so now I know the back story. Looks fab in your journal too. Love your photos I would love to go there.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black & more.

  5. Absolutely stunning......loved reading about your holiday in Sicily, we were there a few years ago, and intend returning soon. Love the effect of the paint, I've never heard of Bister paints, but I'm assuming they are the same as Brusho's. You've inspired me to start a 'travel log', looks so much nicer than a large scrapbook. Thanks for the inspiration.... By the way....the 'dimpled' card from Fabriano looks very similar to Papermilldirect 'textured felt' cardstock, which is also a dream to work with..

  6. WOW! Love these backgrounds and the embossing!

  7. Didn't realise you went to Sicily for your hols Jane, must have missed that, it's lovely isn't it, not been for a couple of years though.

    And Fabriano is my card of choice for anything inky, it's especially good with Burshos but for them I use the heavy 600lb one as it doesn't buckle under all the water. I get it from Ken Bromley, good prices.

    Super entry to our challenge, many thanks for joining in at Penny Black and More challenge this month.

    B x

  8. Hello dear Jane,

    Where to start?
    I want to go to Sicily right now, thanks to your beautiful pictures
    I have learnt something new, thanks to you
    YOur pages are fantastic
    and lastly i CANNOT wait until Monday to see your finished travel book!!
    Thank You for sharing, I really really mean it!


  9. Hi Jane, what a treat it must have been to tour Sicily and to have discovered Fabriano paper. I'm looking forward to seeing your completed journal, and have decided that I'll be a "virtual" stowaway anytime you plan another one of your great vacations! Happy creating! ;o)

  10. These pages are gorgeous Jane! Love the way you have layered them from the Bisters to the stamping. Really lovely ! Thank you for sharing them with us at Stamps and Stencils. Toni x

  11. What a precious holiday Journal this is, full of great reference to memorable days. As I said on facebook WOW just adore what you did with the paper, it certainly look extra special paper and what a find !
    Thanks for joining in the challenge at A Vintage Journey and That Craft Place - good luck.
    Julie x

  12. Oh lovely Jane so fabulous the paper and your memory journal! Love all the sweet moments and the whole idea that you have been working on!

  13. Gorgeous pictures of your holiday, Jane, and such lovely paper, what a delicious collection! I once found a lovely little shop selling handmade paper in Florence, and bought a notebook there which I wrote a journal in for the following year. Your moment is one of my favourites that you have made so far, it is beautiful!
    Happy weekend!
    Helen xox

  14. Gorgeous Jane, I actually thought those were flowers in the background!! LOVE the amazing result you got with the Bisters. I recently got my hands on some Brushos but so far I really haven't had the same results that other people seem to get. Love all the photos from your trip, you must have really had such a great time! Lucky gal! hugs :)

  15. I am just like you with beautiful papers and these look so very special! Like Pamellia has already said, I thought they were flowers that you had created - great use of the bisters. Both pages are beautiful but I think the pink one is stunning. Thanks you so much for joining in with us at A Vintage Journey. Anne x

  16. Your holiday looks fantastic Jane and the Fabriano paper is delicious ! I would definitely be stroking it. Both of your pages are wonderful ! The colours are gorgeous ! Thanks for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Sue C x

  17. Oh my goodness - I just got some Bisters and have been enjoying playing with them. I love the looked you've created with them!! Beautiful colors. You've inspired me to get mine out and play more. Thanks so much for joining us at the Frilly and Funkie challenge!

  18. Oh, just Ohhhh. LOVE the simplicity and beauty of the shapes you've achieved here. The pink page looks for all the world like flowers and your choice of stamping and stencilling just works perfectly. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  19. Fantastic pages with wonderful colour. I too thought flowers when I saw this and they go so nicely with the stamping and stenciling. The holiday photos are fabulous and I love the story about the paper but it would have been too special for me to use although that is the intent. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  20. Wow, what beautiful, inspiring art. And how brave were you to start to play on them! you have certainly done the creator justice and I adore them! Fantastico! Bravo!

  21. Thank you, Jane. This is a post after my own heart. I Love paper and I'm sure my wallet would be much lighter after visiting that shop!! Enjoying all of your Sicilian photos but this post was my fave.
    Happy creating and here's to all things paper!!
    Anne D.T.----PlumCreek22 xxx

  22. Beautiful work great details.
    Thank you for sharing at Penny Black & More 'Anything Goes with a sentiment' challenge and good luck x Susan x

  23. hello Jane - Just popping back to say thankyou so much for joining us at countryview challenges and the very best of luck in the draw - hugs rachel x

  24. Back to say thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey (and see you Sunday!) Jenny x

  25. Beautiful pages and I just love the way all your details combine so well together! Loved reading your post too :) Apologies for my late visit but thanks for joining us at Stamps & Stencils. Julia x


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