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Feline-themed Art Papers

Four designs for art papers.
Four designs for art papers.

Art Papers With Cat Art!

keepsake box with cat pattern
“Inscrutable Patterns” keepsake box.

I’ve had this idea in mind for several years trying to find the best way to put it together. Seeing text-weight and cover-weight art papers for scrapbooking and creative crafts I decided this was a good way to give it a try and create my own feline-themed art papers. These papers are designed from my portraits and sketches and printed digitally.

Use these papers for scrapbooking, wrapping gifts, decorating keepsake boxes or any creative project you can think of that needs a bunch of cats on it! I ship them flat between sheets of cardboard. I’ve included a photo of a keepsake box I made as an example—this box is no longer available, but it’s a favorite of all the ones I’ve made.

I designed these papers using:

  • four designs, colorful, black and white, realistic and stylized
  • two different paper stocks, text and cover
  • two different sizes, 11″ x 11″ and 11″ x 17″.

I have many more ideas in mind for these papers—consider the number of daily sketches and portraits I have, plus holiday designs, and artwork yet to come!

Inscrutable Patterns Art Paper

Inscrutable Patterns Art Paper
Inscrutable Patterns Art Paper
"Inscrutable Patterns" photo frames.
“Inscrutable Patterns” photo frames.

When I first did this sketch, “Inscrutable” I thought it would be a good candidate for a repetitive pattern. I began with a palette of about eight colors, which is more than I’d wanted, and then I kept adding more! Never too many colors, and for now I’m printing digitally and don’t really have to worry about the number of colors.

Initially I liked all the cats’ eyes to be the same color, but when I saw how the color beneath showed through each cats’ eyes I really liked how random it was, like the cats themselves. Then I began shuffling the pattern so both eyes were not on the same color and though I didn’t like it at first, looking at a large section of patter I decided I really do.

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22 Cats Art Paper

art paper with collage of cat portraits
“22 Cats” Art paper
papier mache box with cat design
“22 Cats” keepsake box

This pattern is a collage of all 16 portraits—22 cats in all—included in my Great Rescues Day Book. I’ve painted portraits of pets since 1992 and I’d always wanted to publish them somehow, and since most are rescues I always wanted to share their stories as well, and this came together in Great Rescues.

The pattern repeats six times on the paper so you are sure to be able to fit all the cats on one project or just cut out the cats you want.


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Just Fits Art Paper

art paper with sketch of cat in basket
“Just Fits” art paper.

Any cat who gets in my way gets sketched. Giuseppe decided to nap in the basket I’d had merchandise orders in, and he would not get out of it, even though he did not exactly fit in it. He really scrunched himself too, but he made for a nice solid subject.

This is drawn in brush pen which actually has shaped bristles at the tip and the ink flows from a cartridge so it’s almost like a brush dipped in ink. The brush is very graceful and I can make all sorts of lovely lines, wide and flat or narrow and wandering. I designed this pattern when I decided to play around with the sketch as a repeating pattern and colored Giuseppe a different color each time.

I’ve actually used this to wrap a number of gifts but never photographed a single one! I’ll have to get on that.

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Brushy Kitties Art Paper

art paper with ink sketches of cats
“Brush Kitties” art paper
"Brushy Kitties" photo frames.
“Brushy Kitties” photo frames.

This pattern is a collage of all the kitties I’ve drawn in this same style with the above-mentioned brush pen, singles, multiples, smooth lines, sketchy lines, just a bunch of busy kitties in black on white.

The text and cover stock is uncoated so you can color this to your heart’s content with markers, colored pencils or other dry media. I did one where I colored in the entire background and left the cats white. Then, of course, I also had to make one where each cat was a different color. I have a lot of markers…

How to Order Art Papers

Cover weight art papers, 11" x 11". with cat artwork
Cover weight art papers, 11″ x 11″.
Text weight art papers, 11" x 17"., with cat artwork.
Text weight art papers, 11″ x 17″.

Text or Cover, and Pricing

All four patterns are printed on one side of the page, and come in two text or cover stock with corresponding sizes:

These are priced singly for $2.00 per sheet and in sets of three for $5.00. I’ve listed the most likely sets on Etsy, but if you’d like a different combination, please send your description in a conversation.


black cat walkding on art papers
Jelly Bean finds them good for strolling on because it gets him attention.

Jelly Bean, my supervisor and product inspector for this project…

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One thought on “Feline-themed Art Papers

  • “Brush Kitties” is my absolute fave. I love the spare elegance of the black and white line drawings, which accentuate the unique personalities of the cats, but I can also see it as the starting point for what is now all the rage — adult coloring pages.
    I give myself extra meows for run-on sentence.


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