hi there! thanks for stopping by.

A short video (in Dutch) was made by the Swan Market about me and Paper Den in the Spring of 2017. Have a look here.

A 'den' is a secluded room in a house that is quiet, comfortable and suited for the pursuit of creative activities.


My name is Karen te Brake-Baldock. I am a mother of two and work part-time in the cultural heritage sector.


I have always loved to draw, paint and make things with my hands. In 2016 I started Paper Den as a way to share my illustrations. I only work by hand and love to use ink, gouache, watercolour and different kinds of paper. 


I grew up in Perth, Western Australia,  but have been living most of my adult life in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


My Paper Den is a little room in our house where I can escape to. It used to be the nursery for the children and is tiny!  Now the kids are a bit older and we have a dog to keep my lovely husband occupied I can enjoy making and creating in the Paper Den.


I love to meet people interested in illustration and as such give workshops and take part in markets and fairs. See where I will be in the coming months here.


If you have any questions or would like to talk about a custom illustration or a workshop do not hesitate to email me.



Don't forget to visit the Paper Den Shop on Etsy where you can buy postcards and other illustrated wares.


Bye for now!