Papermolas

Mola-inspired Art

| Houston, Texas

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Announcement    Next in-person event: Valentine's Artisan Market on January 30th from 12-5pm at Megaton Brewery in Kingwood, TX. Hope to see you there!

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Welcome and thank you for visiting my shop!

I enjoy designing mola-inspired art and can make anything into a mola. If you would like a different color on any of my art prints, please let me know. There is no extra cost to change colors, but adding anything that modifies the design in any other way has an additional fee, depending on the request. If you would like a different size than what's listed, please let me know too.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out! Thank you!

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 6, 2022

Next in-person event: Valentine's Artisan Market on January 30th from 12-5pm at Megaton Brewery in Kingwood, TX. Hope to see you there!

★★ From the USPS website: "U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail products and First-Class packages may require more time to be delivered due to limited transportation availability as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) impacts to the United States." ★★
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Welcome and thank you for visiting my shop!

I enjoy designing mola-inspired art and can make anything into a mola. If you would like a different color on any of my art prints, please let me know. There is no extra cost to change colors, but adding anything that modifies the design in any other way has an additional fee, depending on the request. If you would like a different size than what's listed, please let me know too.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out! Thank you!

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About Papermolas

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Video summary: A short clip showing part of the drawing process of my papermolas.

Mola-inspired art for everyone

My handmade artwork and designs are inspired by molas, a textile art form from the Guna Indians from the San Blas Island in Panama and some regions in Colombia. The Guna women sew their blouses and add panels made with intricate colorful designs using a technique known in the quilting world as reverse applique, in which they layer different colored fabrics and hand-stitched them very skillfully. My first paper molas were made on canvas as gifts to my friends when I couldn't find something unique to give them. I started making paper molas in 2015, but didn't pursue selling them until my friends pushed me to do so and I got enough interest from friends and family (and some word of mouth).

The process of making my mola artwork is a mixture of good ol' hand drawing and computer design. First, I design and draw the geometric patterns using a pencil around a silhouette figure (watch the video of this process above). Then I digitize it on my computer using a vector-based program and cut the card stock with an electronic die-cutting machine. Each piece of card stock is a different color and each cut piece is layered and glued one by one, starting with the bottom layer on my substrate (canvas or hardboard) and working my way to the top. Each layer of card stock gets coated with glue. Finally, I seal everything with a water-resistant coating (not waterproof). Because of the nature of the glue on the paper, small warping and small discoloration may occur that makes each piece truly unique -even if two pieces were of the same design and colors. But that's the beauty of handmade items! They are great and unique gifts for any occasion. I take great care in handcrafting quality artwork. If it’s not to my standards, I don’t sell it (even if I wasted time and material).

I also offer my mola-inspired designs as printed versions. I print them on a professional photo printer with high-quality photo paper with lustre finish. I don’t offer matted prints because some prints are not standard-sized. Custom mats are not economically feasible for me at this moment, but hopefully some day.

Additionally, I also offer other items printed with my mola-inspired designs. For coasters, I print them and press them myself onto blank MDF coasters that have a cork backing. I inspect each coaster for smudges or imperfections before I ship them out, so you can be rest assured that you are getting a good product.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my mola-inspired designs. If you have any questions about papermolas, please let me know. You can follow me on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook at papermolas.

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  • Miriam Lim

    Owner

    ¡Hola y bienvenidos! Born and raised in Panama but moved to the U.S. in 1999. Lived in CA until I moved to TX in 2018. I have a degree in architecture and a design background. I love creating paper things, warm weather and animals.

Production partners

  • A family-run print shop for prints larger than 13-inches wide

    NY, United States

    A full service imaging and communications support business that serves visual artists and photographers all around the country.

  • A printing company

    United States

    A company that prints custom stickers, magnets, buttons, keychains, etc.

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Last updated on Oct 5, 2020
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

If you don't see anything that suits your needs, please feel free to message me and let me know what you are looking for. I can make any shape as long as I have the silhouette, be it an animal, an object or a person. Price is based on how complex the design is.

What's the process for requesting a custom order?

Please send a request via Etsy and tell me your idea. It should (preferably) include the size, shape (square or rectangle) and preferred colors. Idea pictures are always welcome. Price is based on how complex the design is. When I have an idea of the design, I'll send a quick hand drawn sketch. If it's acceptable and we have an agreement on the price, I'll send a custom listing for purchase. Once ordered, I'll begin designing and will send screenshots and a proof. You have up to 2 simple design changes of the proof sent. Anything other than that will incur additional fees per change. Once the final proof is approved, I'll print the design. If it's a digital file, I'll send it via Etsy.

Requesting change of colors

The background colors can be customized based on taste, with a quick turnaround time at no extra charge. Just leave me a note at checkout. Prior to printing, I will send a proof via Etsy conversation for approval.

Please be aware that I will not be able to ship until the proof is approved. If I don't hear from the buyer after 24 hours, I will send the same message with the proof via email. After 3 days of no response, I will extend the shipping date to a week to allow time for the buyer to approve the proof.

Can you design my business logo?

Unfortunately, I do not design logos. However, I can make a design that can be used as part of a logo.

Sizing details

My original artwork is at least 8” in size, depending on how intricate the design is. If a design has a lot of detail, it is best to make it as big as I can . The largest original Papermolas artwork I make is 12” because of the size limitation from the paper I buy and my cutting machine.

For prints, there are no size limitations. I can personally print up to 13x19 inches. Larger prints are outsourced to a family-owned printer located in New York. Please send me a message for a quote. Larger prints will be shipped rolled in a heavy-duty cardboard tube.

What is the turnaround time for a made-to-order Papermolas design?

Turn-around time will vary depending on the type of artwork desired. For prints, my turnaround time is between 1-4 business days prior to shipping. For original paper artwork, it is between 10-14 business days prior to shipping. If you have any questions about that, please feel free to message me.

Is the packaging environmentally friendly?

For 8x10 prints, I use plastic bags made of 100% compostable plastic, with an adhesive that is plant-based, and a recyclable polymailer that can either be reused or recycled. For larger prints, I will transition to compostable or recyclable bags as soon as I run out of the traditional plastic bags I have. I encourage you to reuse or repurpose those bags.

Whenever I can, I recycle cardboard boxes as part of my packaging, not only to ensure all my products arrive safely to you, but also because I don't like wasting good cardboard. Please feel free to use it for a different purpose. As soon as I run out of regular brown cardboard boxes, you may start seeing other kinds. Please excuse the ugly cardboard :)

And talking of repurposing...

All prints ship with a 4mm backing board, either all black or different colors. These backing boards can be used as a mat for a smaller photo. For example, if you purchase an 11"x14" print, you can use the backing board as a mat for an 8"x10" picture. That's one use but there are many more.

Additional shipping policies

All packages are shipped First-Class, unless otherwise noted or Priority Mail upgrade has been purchased. Based on USPS, delivery time varies between 3-5 days, but may be longer during the peak times of the year.

Packages will be shipped to the address entered during checkout. Please make sure to double check the address, especially if you moved and had a different address when you created your Etsy account. If Etsy cannot verify the address, I will contact you to confirm it prior to shipping via Etsy conversation. If no response after 2 days, I will send an email. To avoid delays, please respond as soon as possible. I will not send out packages with unconfirmed addresses.