In my quest for a the square mesh lace-like paper in the upper left corner, I found punchinella paper (circle mesh lace paper). I got the square mesh paper at Artful Gatherings - who has since closed her doors. It is a thin, lace-like paper. It is not thick, chunky, or plastic-y like the embroidery grids. I use it sparingly since I don't know if I will ever see it again. The stuff is great. It takes acrylic paints really well. I add it to my collage and ATC backgrounds. I used it in my embossed paper beads.
Think about the possibilities of this punchinella paper. It is not so rigid and plastic-y like punchinella. I still love punchinella - which makes a great template. You could easily add a piiece of the punchinella paper to a background - painted or unpainted. It comes in 3 or 4 colors - gold, copper, white, and sometimes blue. You would be able to paint on it. You could glue it to a collage and it would stay down much easier than the plastic punchinella that I still have so much of. Imagine the possibilities. I am. Leave a comment and tell me what you could do with the punchinella paper.
Oh yeah. I need to tell you a little story about this paper and eBay. I found someone who is pretty local to me who supplies this circle mesh lace paper. I asked if I could save on shipping if I ordered a quantity of it. The current shipping cost was $8.oo per piece/sheet. I got a response that I could get $3.00 off each sheet. That means that I would have to pay $5.00 per sheet of this circle mesh paper (after the cost of $8.00 for S&H for the first sheet) when the actual sheet of paper itself costs about a buck. Yes, about $1 per sheet! Okay, I laughed out loud when I read that.
The place where I got the circle mesh sheets from is called Phoenix Art Supply. I got the order very quickly. I also ordered a couple of different types of paper from them.