A Crash Course in Papermaking

A Crash Course in Papermaking

The Sunday Paper #234

November 18, 2018

Paper of the Week: Handmade Paper

Papermaking workshop in Sheila Nakitende’s Studio. Photo by Women’s Studio Workshop, via Flickr.

I recently wrote A Beginner’s Guide to Making Your Own Paper for Artsy. It seems to me that there is an uptick in the interest in handmade paper, especially in making it yourself. I still think that selling it is trickier, because there must be supply in order to create demand. If you make and sell handmade paper goods, I’d love to know about you (if I don’t already)!
In the Studio:
Speaking of handmade paper, I’ve created my last round of bubble paper – it’s time to put a new watermark on the mould! In the meantime, I have a few sets of these 5 sheets that can be turned into a set of these luminaria. They’re in my online paper shop. If you purchase a set, I’ll send you the link to a short video I made that shows you how to cut, fold and assemble this simple form (it’s a bit different than you might think).

This is the September project in the Twelve Months of Paper How-To Book & Calendar

Papery Tidbits:

  • I’m having a Black Friday – Cyber Monday sale online! Sign up for my monthly newsletter to be notified on Black Friday, or you’ll hear about it here next Sunday.
  • The Twelve Months of Paper Make-Along is happening now. Join me November 9 – 20th over on instagram and facebook; follow along and watch each project in the Twelve Months of Paper How-To Book & Calendar unfold.


What a fascinating story about letter locks and Jana Dambrogio, the Thomas F. Peterson conservator at MIT Libraries, who has been studying them for the past decade. If only we still wrote letters!

Jana Dambrogio holds an “unlocked” letter model. ALL PHOTOS: COURTESY OF UNLOCKING HISTORY MATERIALS COLLECTION, U.S.A. & U.K.

Godspeed Branding has produced these unusual ‘masks of modern fears’, a series of masks that reflect contemporary fears.

‘Fear of Total Pollution’

I have long admired the work of Elsa Mora. She has an exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon through January 20, 2019. There’s an amazing story behind her work, and I highly recommend that you listen to her artist talk, which you’ll find on this page.

As seen on This is Colossal: Japanese paper engineer Haruki Nakamura continues to design delightful paper toys using simple materials. This friendly armadillo curls into a self-protective ball at the touch of a finger. Click through – there are more!

Check out this video of a pop-up book created by Simon Arizpe that shows off the best books of 2018 by Book World Reviewers. Very cool!


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  1. That was a fascinating story about letterlocks with Jana Dambrogio. I also enjoyed the other news – Elsa Mora and the paper toys design. Thanks

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