Black Ink Papers

Black Ink Papers

The Sunday Paper #82

Sponsored Paper of the Week: Black Ink Papers

I’m delighted to be featuring these papers for many of the projects I’ve designed for the 25 Days of Paper.


Black Ink Papers from Graphic Products Corporation (GPC), is one of the art industry’s most recognized brands, offering artists and crafters a vast selection of over 700 handmade and machine made papers imported from around the world. Focusing on the ever-changing color trends and needs of the creative end user, GPC works ongoing with designers, artisans and suppliers to accomplish its line of beautifully unique and often one-of-a-kind papers.  

In addition to offering one of the largest selections of creative papers in the art world, GPC Papers is proud to say that many of their papers are eco-friendly, being primarily made from highly renewable, sustainable, and regenerative resources such as plants, bushes, and natural by-products which are native to each country. These “tree-free” resources include the mulberry (kozo) bush from Thailand and South Korea, the banana, hemp and bamboo plants from Thailand, the lokta (daphne) bush in Nepal, the papyrus plant from Egypt, the abaca, salago (lupa) plants from the Philippines, as well as amate bark (from jonote, mulberry and xalama) from Mexico. GPC papers from India are made from recycled cotton rag originating from the garment industry, as well as some papers from the banana plant. Handmade papers use far less energy to produce than conventional machine made papers, with many using solar energy to dry the papers.

Uses for GPC papers include a multitude of applications such as mixed media/collage, encaustic art, fine art, chine-colle, paper arts and crafts, origami, kite making, mobiles, art jewelry, screen printing, block printing, book arts, framing, matting, custom invitations, home décor, room dividers, lamp shades, lanterns, wall paper, gift wrapping, card making, elegant packaging, photography backgrounds, retail displays, menus and more!


In the Studio:  After assembling the 25 Days of Paper Packages this week, I ended up with a pile of lovely paper scraps which I’m guessing you might be able to turn into a work of art. So, I’ve decided to host a Giveaway that will include these scraps plus a 25 Days of Paper Package. Enter to win by leaving a comment on this post (be sure to leave a way for me to contact you, too). A winner will be drawn at random and announced on Wednesday November 25th. Good luck! 



Check out 12-year old New Zealander Joseph Simes‘ amazing origami work. Be sure the scroll through the images of his work.  


I wonder if this young man is interested in making a living with his work. Ross Symons of Cape Town has that dialed into his origami inspired lifestyle. Watch out, you’re going to lose a bit of time as you get sucked down this rabbit hole (well worth it)!

I’m excited for Kyle Olmon (a project contributor for my book Playing With Pop-Ups). He’s engineered two holiday cards that are currently in the MoMA store. Festive Dinner Table (pictured below) and Winter Flowers. Who’s on your list?

Festive Dinner Table Holiday Cards

There is some mystery surrounding this old trunk of unopened letters that was bequeathed to the Museum voor Communicatie in The Hague in 1926. It is a repository of materials from across Europe that provides researchers with a variety of paper, matching enclosures, seals, postal marks, folds, and hands that demand particular scrutiny. The letters thus offer an extremely rare opportunity to scholars of early modern history, material culture, paper, and postal systems.


Here’s a story on Artsy about the paper pulp paintings that Daniel Heidkamp has been making at Pace Prints.


About our Sponsor: To find a Black Ink retailer near you please visit the Locate a Retailer link. If the paper you are looking for is not available from your local retailer, you can always order from the online store. Browse the entire line of papers here. For examples of creative uses visit the Creative Idea Center.

Want to share photos of your Black Ink paper creations on the GPC Papers Facebook Page? Please email them to using the subject line: Please Post on Facebook.


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Thank you to those who have pledged your support, and enjoy your Sunday!


  1. Sharon Jacobs says:

    Please enter my name in the Black Ink Papers and 25 Days of Paper giveaway..
    maybe I’ll get lucky and win.

  2. Suzie Ross says:

    I’m looking forward to my paper package projects for the holidays. Something to share with my granddaughters. And put me in the draw! Thanks

  3. Pat Upton says:

    Helen, those scraps are calling to me! Sign me up! Pupton58 at gmail dot com

  4. Melinda Collins Knick says:

    Sign me up Helen…one can never have too much paper!

  5. Sue Elfin says:

    Helen–Entering into this Thanksgiving week, I’m grateful for your inspirational blog which magically shows up in my email every Sunday! Please sign me up for the “scraps” drawing. If I win I’ll enjoy incorporating them into my collages. Just discovered the use of methyl cellulose to help adhere things to wet paper. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  6. Joanna Battjes says:

    Looking at that paper stash makes me salivate…what possibilities…what inspiration! Would love my name entered in your draw!
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Daria says:

    Scrumptious issue! Thanks for a fun issue. Please enter me in the giveaway.

  8. Cynthia Anderson says:

    Another fun post, thank you! Please enter me in the drawing.

  9. Margot says:

    So looking forward to spending the holidays with the grandchildren making the the 25 days projects, it’s in the mail. If we win this, so much the better! Email above…will that do for contact info?

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  10. Phoebe Diamond says:

    I’m looking forward to my paper package and a chance to try paper in new ways. Please enter me in the Black Friday Giveaway. Thanks!

  11. Please enter me in the Black Friday Giveaway! Lots of inspiration for some book editions!
    Saw the Festive Dining Table Card at the De Young Museum shop the other day. we were entranced by it (but not so fond of the front of the card)

  12. Pam says:

    Please enter me in the paper scraps giveaway. Love the 12-yr-old origami master

  13. Another wonderful Sunday Paper, Helen. I look forward to it each week, such great stories and inspiration for Paper People. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  14. Moe Snyder says:

    Ooh, yes please, would love to win your beautiful scraps! And I could share the set of projects with my daughter, so we can make them together, even though long distance. Thanks for all you do Helen!

  15. Genie Barry says:

    Yummy, yummy, yummy! What luscious possibilities–I would love to be in the running for such a generous surprise. Thank you!

  16. Katy Bayless says:

    Sign me up. The papers are gorgeous

  17. Carole Sauter says:

    How exciting. I love the Sunday Paper, especially since it’s the only one I receive. Thanks and sign me up too please.

  18. Love your blog, Helen – and I think it’s my turn to win. Do you take bribes?

  19. Ann says:

    What a wonderful blog you write! I’m hoping to win the black ink drawing. Thanks for all you do!!!!

  20. Sarah says:

    You’ve definitely inspired me to explore paper. Last night I dreamed that it was Paper Week in Austin and I had a paper shopping passport. Paper on!

  21. What fun it would be to win the scraps! Love your Sunday Paper blog.

  22. Joshua Falconer says:

    Ok I’ll bite.

  23. gjeneve says:

    Interesting paper company and interesting young man.

  24. Kate says:

    I love trying to win something! What fun and thank you !

  25. Marie Bucklely says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway for scraps and a paper package! Please contact me via my email.

  26. I am living in the Netherlands and I am also fond of everything connected with paper. I am working with it as well. Everytime I am enjoying your “papernews”. I hope to be the lucky one to win your wonderful papers and packet. Greetings from Holland Sonja

  27. Diane DeVries says:

    Every paper-lover has a stash of scraps for that “little bit of something” needed for a project. Your 25 Days of Paper series is amazing. Thanks for the chance to enter!

  28. Mary C Leto says:

    oooooooooooh…pretty paper scraps, for a paper hoarder a dream come true. I’ve climbed out of that rabbit hole (White on Rice)and the BACON BAR CURTAIN -wow in time I hope to be included in the contest! .. Great Sunday Paper…something for everyone … hugs

  29. Wyn Flo says:

    Please enter my name n the drawing. Thanks, Wyn Flo

  30. jenni says:

    your papers are incredible! i am so excited about those old letters! and the fact that someone is studying them not only for their content (do they feel like they’re a little voyeuristic i wonder?) but also for the calligraphy, the paper, the markings, the wax seals…EVERYTHING! i imagine that would be thee coolest job ever. thank you for the generous giveaway and for always inspiring…even though i can come nowhere near the work you do, i am crazy looking at it.

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  31. Beautiful paper and lovely projects!

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  32. Ashisha says:

    Just joining all of the fun of the world of paper. I have been an illustrator and now I am ready to be a “cut-up.”
    I have two friends who are masters at it: Sally Blakemore and Alex Fischer. I am ready to add the third dimension to my artwork. Sign me up for the drawing.
    Love from you Godmother, too here in Santa Fe.

  33. Claudia Daniel says:

    Love your blog! Would love to win! Thank you for all your opportunities to learn about the variety of art work you feature on your blog.

  34. Julie Buscher says:

    I would love to win these beautiful papers!

  35. Donna L Lemley-Jordan says:

    Please enter me in the drawing…I am eager for the projects to begin

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  36. Diane Eicher says:

    I am ready to start! Got my papers in the mail yesterday and they look great. I also went to the Black Ink Paper site and found all sorts of stuff for future projects. I never met a scrap I didn’t like (or use, sometime, some day), so please enter me in the drawing!

  37. Would love to be in the drawing for your magical paper pack – love the festive vibe of them!

  38. Jo Brody says:

    I definitely have some handmade books I can insert these lovely papers into, Helen! (Hi from Portland!) Please enter me into the drawing. Love your blog!

  39. karen c. says:

    You are so inspiring and these papers are too! Thank you for your weekly blog and facebook posts.

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  40. Julia James says:

    I look forward to your blog. Please enter me in your drawing. thanks

  41. Gerry Murano says:

    Thanks your for that post on Joseph Simes and his origami work. Wow! Please sign me up for the paper giveaway.

  42. Sally Thompson says:

    Hi Helen,
    Just received my paper pack yesterday and love the paper. It’s also a great way to preview Black Ink paper before ordering from their website. Looking forward to next week.
    Please sign me up for your drawing.

  43. Ann Logan says:

    I love your emails. Now look forward to the blog. My dog looks just like yours. Meet you at the Edwards pond next summer.

  44. Have never tried Black Ink paper, interesting site though. This would be a great way to try them out..
    looking forward to the 25 days!

  45. Dorothy Yuki says:

    Pick a Pack of Pretty Papers! I hope I am lucky enough to receive one. Love your site Helen.

  46. Bonnie Julien says:

    The papers look great…I can see using some for paper beads. I’m looking forward to the 25 days of paper projects…my papers arrived yesterday.

  47. molly rose says:

    your paper is so lovely. i’m enamored with the art of snail mail and would love to write a letter on those pages. please enter me for the drawing of said scraps. thanks thanks!

  48. Michelle Moore says:

    Received my paper pack in the mail yesterday! Thank you for the quick response. Please enter my name in the scrap giveaway!

  49. Lynn Baker says:

    Helen, I love your site and my mind is already creating ideas for the scraps and the 25 Days of Paper package. PLEASE enter me in the drawing!
    Thank you.

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  50. Nick says:

    Please enter me into your giveaway please!

  51. Sharon says:

    Thank you for your giveaway. I would love to win the papers and kit.I would love a crafting challenge vs.a shopping challenge. Thank you Helen!

  52. cguard says:

    Would love the papers and would use them to make accordion books with my summer school children. My sisters and I are so excited to be reaching across the USA to celebrate the holidays artfully, lovingly, collectively while still being miles apart with your help and your beautiful projects!

  53. Ayesha says:

    Helen, your work continues to look absolutely fabulous, and your newsletters are such a source of pleasure and inspiration for me! I’ve recently started teaching myself to make origami and tessellations and would love to have a bunch of new paper to play with!

  54. Rachel Kopel says:

    I am haunting the mailbox waiting for my paper package. SCRAPS!!!! Ooooo, how wonderful. 🙂

  55. Fran Ross says:

    One can never have too much paper!

  56. Julia says:

    Hi Helen,
    Thank you for your blog and paper inspiration. Sign me up for the drawing for scraps.
    Happy Holidays!
    Julia Garretson

  57. Yara Bertran says:

    I cant wait to get my package and to start creating paper art on December with you. I am thankful for meeting incredible artists that inspire me everyday. I am hoping on 2016 to be able to travel and attend one of your workshops.
    Have a great thanksgiving everybody

  58. Marilyn Moffat says:

    I enjoy your creativity with paper. It is always interesting to see what you will do next. Thank you for your inspiration to think outside the box and to create things totally different. I love it!

  59. Angie Titus says:

    It was great meeting you in Boca! Those are some cute “turkeys” you’ve got ?
    Please enter me in the drawing.

  60. Cris Ballinger says:

    Designing my annual card and surrounded by paper. Maybe one of your 25 days projects will help me finalize my design. In the meantime, more paper means more possibilities. So I think I should enter, don’t you???? Thx for what you do!!!!!

  61. Gini Cooper says:

    Lovely papers. I do love bits of pretty paper, sometimes easier to use than a full sheet.

  62. M says:

    Hi Helen,
    LOVE the dog. Too cute. Awesome papers. (Enter to win. 😉
    Thanks for always taking me to the best, wonderful paper places and people. Had many fun hours.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and all the ones you love.