Papermolas

Mola-inspired Artwork

Houston, Texas | 152 Sales

Papermolas

Mola-inspired Artwork

Houston, Texas 152 Sales On Etsy since 2017

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Miriam Lim

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Miriam Lim

Announcement    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.

Additionally, I have a few original handmade Sacramento/California paper molas that are for sale but not listed. If you would like to purchase one, please let me know and I will create a custom listing for you to make the purchase.

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

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Last updated on Apr 6, 2019

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.

Additionally, I have a few original handmade Sacramento/California paper molas that are for sale but not listed. If you would like to purchase one, please let me know and I will create a custom listing for you to make the purchase.

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

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Dreaming of a green California. 8x10 print available in my shop.

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

Mola designs are my passion

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 coasters printed with my mola-inspired designs. 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 and Facebook at papermolas.

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  • Miriam Lim

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    I was born in Panama and moved to the United States in 1999. I lived in Sacramento, CA but moved to Houston, TX. I have a degree in architecture and a design background, love to create paper things, love warm weather and animals.

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Last updated on Dec 8, 2018
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. I can also modify the colors on any of the prints that are listed. There is no extra fee for changing colors.

Sizing details

My 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 papermola artwork I make is 12” because of the size limitation from the paper I buy and my cutting machine.

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

Turn-around time will vary depending on the type of artwork desired. For just the print, my turnaround time before shipping is between 1-4 days. For the artwork, it is between 1-2 weeks before shipping. If you have any questions about that, please feel free to message me.

What's with the ugly cardboard that comes with my order?

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 :)