“Life beats down and crushes the soul

and art reminds you that you have one”–Stella Adler

Welcome to Paper Calliope

Paper Calliope brings a fresh approach to mixed media, altered art and paper crafting by infusing these topics with chit-chats about life’s anxieties and the humor that ensues.

My name is Betsy Skagen (which rhymes with toboggan) and I  use art to balance the hectic lifestyle of my anxious, adhd, unicycling, tightrope walking and counter-surfing family. Because–let’s be frank here–sometimes life gets tough. That’s when it’s time to bring out the paint.

Until I turned 40 29, my hair was sleek and straight (the mortifying poodle perm I got days before high school graduation does not count). Now, every time there is a hint of moisture in the air, errant, uncooperative curls appear…. It rained buckets the day this photo  was taken.I also get to use my skill sets from my former life as a professional writer and graphic designer in a setting devoid of key performance metrics and power suits. Some of my Paper Calliope passions include anything circus, mid-century graphics, vintage ephemera and lots of whimsy.

Upfront and transparent

FTC Notice I am grateful to work in an industry I love. Companies sometimes give or sell at a discount products for me to work with. Since I only use and blog about what I like, this in no way controls my content. 

Wait! I forgot!

Of course, if you want to send me free Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, I might be encouraged to write nice things about you. (I really, really like Reese’s).