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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: Please Post on Facebook.
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