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25 Days of Paper – Day 3; The Sunday Paper #185

December 3, 2017

Paper of the Week: Papel Picado

I haven’t seen the movie Coco yet (it’s on my list) but I hear there are some great animations of papel picado (Mexican paper cutting). I enjoyed this article which includes the story of how the director came up with the movie idea. It’s rarely what you think!


In the Studio:

Just in case you missed it on Friday, I’ve put together a Best Paper Gifts Guide featuring a selection of cool paper products that are available this holiday season (ranging in price from $5 to $150). I just ordered a few of the Magic Butterflies! Purchase papery gifts while supporting artists, designers and brick and mortar shops. Please share this list with your friends and bring on the PAPER LOVE!

Papery Tidbits

  • Melanie Mowinski does a daily blog post during Advent which you might enjoy. She makes a daily 5×5 inch collage, writes a short entry and shares a prompt for those who might want to participate along with her.
  • Did you listen to the new episode of Paper Talk, my podcast series featuring artists and professionals who are working in the field of hand papermaking. Episode #19 features Shawn Sheehy, a Chicago paper artist who uses pop-ups to take full advantage of the expressive potential of a book’s imagery, allowing for moving, three-dimensional form within the book format.
  • Check out my online photo album about the annual Red Cliff Paper Retreat. Registration for the 2018 retreats (Sept 7-9 and Sept 11-13) opens soon!


Check out these crumpleable city maps. I don’t know about you, but I rather like a neat and tidy folded map. I’ve definitely been frustrated trying to figure out how to fold one up on the go, so this does look somewhat appealing!

Speaking of Berlin, Gangolf Ulbricht lives there and is one of the few hand papermakers in Germany. I enjoyed his sentiments in this video documentary, and it was delightful to see his face brighten with his obvious passion for the craft. Apparently “papermaker” was an official trade in Germany until the 1950’s, when papermaking by hand all but vanished. Ulbricht thinks it is here to stay.

You have a smart phone, right? What about smart paper? A University of Washington team wants to simplify the process for discovering detrimental leaks by developing a paper that can sense the presence of water. The paper, laced with conductive nanomaterials, can be employed as a switch, turning on or off an LED light or an alarm system indicating the absence or presence of water.

I’ve written about Aimee Lee before, but it’s worth writing about her again! This is a lovely article about how she got to where she is today… I’ll let you read the article to find out more about her resilience and versatility!

Today in the Twelve Months of Paper Online Class we’re making a Sliceform Heart. It’s not too late to join the class, which runs December 1 – 23rd. You’ll have access to the video tutorials throughout 2018, so you can make at your own pace!

Paper engineer Matthew Reinhart has produced a pop-up book for Pixar that turns into a poster. It’s pretty cool, I must admit, but the video on how to unfold it is 6 minutes, i.e. it’s complicated!


About the 25 Days of Paper 2017: It’s a great time to celebrate paper, and I’m delighted to share my ideas for using this amazing material with you. If you’d like more info about the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar or the online classclick here. Receive these blog updates via e-mail by adding your address in the upper right hand corner of this page. Enjoy the season, and feel free to leave a comment below.


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Hi, I'm Helen Hiebert!
I'm an artist working primarily in handmade paper; I write how-to books and make films about papermaking and paper arts; and I love learning about new techniques and methods for working with paper! You can learn more about me at

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