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25 Days of Paper – Day 25

December 25, 2017 Warm wishes to you and yours today, wherever you are and however you celebrate! If you found this in your in box, please click here to watch the short video. Here’s to paper enlightening us until the end of time!  

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About the 25 Days of Paper 2017: I’m delighted

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Peace • Joy • Love

25 Days of Paper – Day 24; The Sunday Paper #188

December 24, 2017

Paper of the Week: Japanese Papers

I’m super excited to be planning my next 6-week online class, Paper Weaving. A fun part of the planning is picking out the papers for the class projects (all of the papers you see in the photo still have to be woven, except for

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I Got Mail!

25 Days of Paper – Day 23

December 23, 2017 This week, I received three unique holiday cards that I’d like to share with you. Bruce Foster is a paper engineer in Texas who has designed nearly 40 pop-up books for publishers, museums and companies. I featured one of his projects (a pop-up dragon) in my book Playing With Pop-Ups. Bruce sent me this lovely

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In Search of Origins

25 Days of Paper – Day 22

December 22, 2017 On the even days during December, I’m highlighting the companies that are sponsors of the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. These companies work hard to bring us beautiful papers, paper products, paper journalism, paper- and book making tools, paper history and more. Today, we learn about the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking.

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Happy Solstice!

25 Days of Paper – Day 21

December 21, 2017 On this shortest day of the year, I’d like to share a few paper lights with you. HiiH Lights makes custom handmade paper lights in Astoria, Oregon. Be sure to browse all of their offerings! You can see them in many shop windows and restaurants in Portland and along the Oregon coast.

Red Cliff Paper Retreat

25 Days of Paper – Day 20

December 20, 2017 On the even days during December, I’m highlighting the companies that are sponsors of the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. These companies work hard to bring us beautiful papers, paper products, paper journalism, paper- and book making tools, paper history and more. Helen Hiebert Studio is the sponsor today, and I’d like to talk about

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Are you a Wrapper?

25 Days of Paper – Day 19

December 19, 2017 ‘Tis the season of wrapping. Do you wrap? I love beautiful packaging, and I remember spending hours in the Japanese department stores I visited in 1988, which is where I decided that paper was my thing. But I don’t wrap much. First of all, I don’t purchase many gifts; and second, wrapping seems like a

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Colophon Book Arts

25 Days of Paper – Day 18

December 18, 2017 On the even days during December, I’m highlighting the companies that are sponsors of the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. These companies work hard to bring us beautiful papers, paper products, paper journalism, paper- and book making tools, paper history and more. Today, we learn about Colophon Book Arts.

Colophon Book Arts Supply

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End of an Era: the Papermakers of Camas

25 Days of Paper – Day 17; The Sunday Paper #187

December 17, 2017

Paper of the Week: A 134-year old Paper Mill in Washington State

Check this out! Camas Washington’s High School mascot is called the Mean Machine, an animated paper roll machine that’s a nod to the town’s paper making history. The road that runs by the High School is Papermaker’s Way. In

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Reminiscence Papers

25 Days of Paper – Day 16

December 16, 2017 On the even days during December, I’m highlighting the companies that are sponsors of the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. These companies work hard to bring us beautiful papers, paper products, paper journalism, paper- and book making tools, paper history and more. Today, we learn about Reminiscence Papers.

Reminiscence Papers is an online

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A Simple Book Structure

25 Days of Paper – Day 15

December 15, 2017 When does inspiration strike? Last year around this time, I was looking at a pile of catalogs/junk mail on my dining room table. And I envisioned this book sculpture. I created a half-tree template, laid the catalog on my cutting mat, grabbed my Xacto knife and cut out this tree shape. Voilá, a book tree!

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Learning Online

25 Days of Paper – Day 14

December 14, 2017 On the even days during December, I’m highlighting the companies that are sponsors of the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. These companies work hard to bring us beautiful papers, paper products, paper journalism, paper- and book making tools, paper history and more. Today, Helen Hiebert Studio is sponsoring the post, and I’d like to introduce

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Country Western Papermaking

25 Days of Paper – Day 13

December 13, 2017 I share this at least once a year, because even if you’ve seen it, I think it is fun to revisit. Papermaking on Sesame Street was one of the highlights of my career. I worked with a film editor, who came up with the lyrics for this catchy song and hired a singer to perform

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Papermaking Supplies

25 Days of Paper – Day 12

December 12, 2017 On the even days during December, I’m highlighting the companies that are sponsors of the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. These companies work hard to bring us beautiful papers, paper products, paper journalism, paper- and book making tools, paper history and more. Today, we learn about Arnold Grummer’s. Arnold Grummer’s® has been a supplier for

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Holiday Cards

25 Days of Paper – Day 11

December 11, 2017 Do you send holiday cards? I used to have a tradition (before I had kids, which is already 18 years ago)! Often, I get hung up on the ‘making the cards‘ part. I envision something too grand and then never get around to making them! It’s on my list again this year, but time is

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Flurry Paper

25 Days of Paper – Day 10; The Sunday Paper #186

December 10, 2017 NEWS FLASH: If you’re a last-minute shopper, I’ll be offering free shipping on any Twelve Months of Paper order through my online shop Tuesday – Thursday, December 12-14 (offer valid in the US only). There’s still time to get your order to you by Christmas or the end of Hanukkah! Paper

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Luminaria

25 Days of Paper – Day 9

December 9, 2017 Today I’d like to pay tribute to making paper by hand. It’s an age-old technique that has changed little since it was first invented around 105AD. Aside from being a substrate for all kinds documents to works of art, contemporary artists are using paper in all kinds of innovative ways. Here are a few examples,

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Paste Paper

25 Days of Paper – Day 8

December 8, 2017 On the even days during December, I’m highlighting the companies that are sponsors of the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. These companies work hard to bring us beautiful papers, paper products, paper journalism, paper- and book making tools, paper history and more. Today, we learn about Madeleine’s Paste Papers.

Madeleine Durham is a

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You're a Star!

25 Days of Paper – Day 7

December 7, 2017 I love stars (who doesn’t)? When I take my dog out for last walkies at night, I always look up at the sky (especially at this time of year when the days are short). Here’s a fun selection of paper star tutorials. This Window Star features kite paper, a colored wax paper: These hanging stars

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UPPERCASE

25 Days of Paper – Day 6

December 6, 2017 Happy St. Nicholas Day! On the even days during December, I’m highlighting the companies that are sponsors of the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. These companies work hard to bring us beautiful papers, paper products, paper journalism, paper- and book making tools, paper history and more. Today, we learn about UPPERCASE Magazine.

UPPERCASE

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Let it Snow!

25 Days of Paper – Day 5

December 5, 2017 Click through to find instructions for this elegant paper snowflake. Take a square of paper, fold and cut it using the template provided – and voilá – an origami snowflake filled with trees. Try varying the cuts to create different patterns. Enjoy! We’re making this Spring Shamrock in the Twelve Months of Paper Online Class

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Up With Paper!

25 Days of Paper – Day 4

December 4, 2017 On the even days during December, I’m highlighting the companies that are sponsors of the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. These companies work hard to bring us beautiful papers, paper products, paper journalism, paper- and book making tools, paper history and more. Today, we learn about UWP LUXE.

UWP Luxe is the latest addition

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The Sunday Paper!

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

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Wa = Japanese + shi = paper · washi = Japanese paper

25 Days of Paper – Day 2

December 2, 2017 On the even days during December, I’m highlighting the companies that are sponsors of the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. These companies work hard to bring us beautiful papers, paper products, paper journalism, paper- and book making tools, paper history and more. Today, we learn about Washi Arts.

Washi is traditionally made with

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25 Days of Paper 2017

December 1, 2017 Welcome to the 6th Annual 25 Days of Paper Blog Marathon! 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’re subscribed to my blog, you’ll receive a daily e-mail from now through December 25th. If you’d like to receive daily updates, please type your e-mail address into the

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Let it Snow!

The Sunday Paper #139, December 25, 2016 25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 25

Aren’t snowflakes miraculous, especially given that no two snowflakes are alike? They create the watermarked pattern on the December project in the Twelve Months of Paper calendar, which features the only paper in the custom paper pack that is handmade in America. I’m going to start looking for a miracle every

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24: Happy Holidays!

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 24

I wish all of you a peaceful, harmonic, loving and joyous holiday season. Here’s a community card from last season. I collected words daily from you, starting with A and ending with Z and this was the result: I have a fondness for fonts. There’s a template here for this pop-up alphabet. Print and cut out the letters,

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23: More Projects

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 23

Friends! This 25 days seems long, so I’ll make this short. These are the projects that I wrote about during the 2015 25 Days of Paper, which featured instructions for each of the paper objects pictured above. I created a list of the blog posts for your reference. Enjoy!

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A Papermaking Museum

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 22

There’s a very cool paper museum in Atlanta which is dedicated to papermaking!

The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking is located in Atlanta, Georgia and is the home of the collection of Dard Hunter.

Born in 1883 in Steubenville, Ohio, Hunter developed a life-long passion for the craft of papermaking. He travelled

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A Papery Solstice

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 21

Happy Solstice Everyone! The October project in the Twelve Months of Paper calendar is a shadow ornament. For those of you who have the calendar, you have the instructions for this project. And if you purchased a custom paper pack, you also have the parts! And for all of you, I invite you to watch the 3-minute video

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Peace on Paper

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 20

True confession: Doing 25 blog posts in a row is challenging! I’m thankful that I have content from years past that many of you haven’t seen, and hopefully the rest of you will enjoy seeing again! Last year I created and sold a custom paper pack and posted the instructions for twelve projects on this blog. This proved

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Pushing the Envelope

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 19

Sometimes you have to wonder about progress and extinction. Now I’m not saying that envelopes will go extinct, but the art of letter writing has surely diminished. But the colors and sizes of envelopes for invitations has continued to evolve, and envelopes make clever little pockets. The September project in the Twelve Months of Paper calendar features this

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Blue Window Arts

The Sunday Paper #138, December 18, 2016 25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 18

At Blue Window Arts, Master Artist, Wendy Rochman creates large and luscious hand made paper in her solar powered studio using sustainable fibers, recycled materials, mineral pigments, and natural inclusions that she gathers or grows in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Wendy’s large format (18X24″) papers incorporate a variety of

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Paper Balloons

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 17

The August project in the Twelve Months of Paper calendar is a Paper Balloon. This is a repost from 2012, when I did the first 25 Days of Paper! Remember the origami balloons, or water bombs, we learned to make in elementary school? I taught my after school paper club kids to make them today, and the high

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Madeleine's Paste Paper

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 16

New One-of-a-Kind piece on Arches Text Wove. See more One-of-a-Kind pieces on Etsy

Madeleine Durham creates paste paper designs using a brush technique she has been perfecting over the last four years.

Madeleine’s Paste Papers is offering a 15% discount through the month of Dec on her Etsy shop. Enter the code – HHpaper

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Write Your Letters!

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 15

This is a repeat from last year since the July project in the Twelve Months of Paper calendar (the Zig Zag Book) has already been covered during the blog marathon. These envelopes are simple and fun to make, and they’ll put to good use any wrapping and/or origami papers you have laying around. ‘Tis the season to

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Handmade in India

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 14

Inspired by textile designs, patterns and colors, Indian Cotton Rag Papers make outstanding papers for all art and design applications. Indian Cotton Papers are made by hand using recycled, refined cotton from rags, clothing and textiles instead of pulp from the cotton seed as other papers. Longer cotton fibers in the paper providing exceptional strength and durability.

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Tessellating Tyvek

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 13

Indigo Petal Cascade Necklace: Brass and abaca paper indigo petals, ombre dyed, on a sterling silver chain.

Editor’s correction: Yesterday, I forgot to include the discount code for Verso’s lovely jewelry. Please click here to view Verso’s Etsy shop and enter papermaker to receive a 20% discount on your purchase!

These Tessellating

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Verso Jewelry

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 12

Indigo Lily Crown or Neckpiece: This one-of-a-kind piece can be worn as a crown or a neckpiece. The lilies are dyed with indigo dye and the pistils are made of brass and orange glass.

Melanie Brauner’s jewelry is made from abaca paper fibers cast onto metal. First, she fabricates three-dimensional shapes from copper, brass, and

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December Flowers

The Sunday Paper #137, December 11, 2016 Since it’s Sunday, this is a double-feature. The regular Sunday Paper appears at the bottom of this post.

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 11

The May project in the Twelve Months of Paper calendar is this swirling flower, created with a thai momi marbled paper that really makes it swirl! You can find this paper through

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Washi Arts

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 10

Japanese washi / paper is renowned for it’s purity, elegance and strength. Small format handmade sheets are delightful to work with and make wonderful pages for artists’ books, and are exquisite for printmaking (particularly lino and woodblock prints), as well as letterpress and monoprints. The long fibers are wonderful for absorbing and reflecting wax encaustic and

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More Paper Lights

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 9

Woven Paper Lanterns created during one of my workshops

The April project in the Twelve Months of Paper calendar features a paper weaving that can be displayed as a wall or window hanging or a lantern. See those little cut-outs? There’s a simple trick to making those, and when these lanterns are illuminated, those little shapes

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Oblation Papers & Press

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 8

Oblation Papers & Press is an urban paper mill, letterpress print shop and old-world paper boutique in Portland, Oregon, whose studios are on view for those who visit their shop in the Pearl District.

At Oblation Papers & Press, paper is made by hand every day. Recycled cotton fibers from the

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Pleated Paper

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 7

If you haven’t noticed, I have a fascination with paper manipulation. So when I stumbled across a book called The Art of Manipulating Fabric, I poured over it looking for techniques that might translate into paper. If this is of interest to you too, you might want to look up the work of Jocelyn Chateauvert, a self proclaimed

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Arnold Grummer's

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 6

What does Zig Zag mean to you? The first thought that comes to my mind is Charlie Brown’s shirt! But in this case, it’s the clever name of Arnold Grummer’s accordion – aka Zig Zag books. These come in 12-packs (perfect for classes) and contain six-panel, pre-folded heavyweight paper inserts and thick chipboard covers with clear instructions. This

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Hanging Heart

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 5 Here’s a bit about February’s project in the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. This is a simple structure made from multiple pages cut to the same shape and size. I love thinking up variations – how about trying multiple shapes and sizes?! This hanging heart is an ornament created with an embossed paper from Shizen Design. These

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Paper Connection International

The Sunday Paper #136, December 4, 2016 Since it’s Sunday, this is a double-feature. The regular Sunday Paper appears at the bottom of this post.

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 4

There are a handful of companies that bring unique papers to us from around the world. For more than two decades, Paper Connection has been sourcing fine art papers, mostly from Asia.

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Kite Paper

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 3 Here’s a bit about January’s project in the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. Kite paper is basically colored wax paper, and it folds really well. Its translucency makes it perfect for making window stars, which I learned how to make when my children went to a Waldorf-inspired elementary school. The patterns are endless, and if you enjoy

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Mulberry Paper & More

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 2

Mulberry Paper & More is an e-commerce paper company located near Denver, CO. I’ve been to visit twice, and it’s always fun to see a warehouse full of paper! Check out this cute paper tree they’ve created using a selection of the papers they carry.

Mulberry Paper & More is offering blog readers free shipping

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Pop-Up Tree

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 1 Today begins another 25 Days of Paper to celebrate the season by sharing the wonders of paper.

This year, I’ll be highlighting the projects from the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar on odd days and various paper companies, artisans and products on even days. Special thanks to all of you who purchased a calendar. The custom

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Special Edition: Let's Kickstart This!

Friends, Please excuse my multiple communications this week. If you received something from me yesterday, that means that you subscribe to my monthly newsletter. Today’s note is to blog subscribers (you’re one of those). There is some overlap. I don’t mean to frustrate you, but I do want to keep you in the loop! So, without further adieu, I’m super excited to announce that my

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Merry Day!

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 25

I enjoy connecting with people in all sorts of ways, especially those from different walks of life. I often think of us as trees with branches and roots. Here’s a simple paper cut of a variety of trees, each one popped up and standing alone yet in a group. Their roots are golden as I envision our roots,

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Origami Envelope

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 24

‘Tis the season to write thank-you notes! Here’s a clever origami envelope (not my design) that could be a nice use for wrapping paper. So, think twice before you toss that wrapping paper! This particular paper is an Italian printed paper from GPC Papers.

For this project you will need:

Florentine Portofino paper (9″ x 9″

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Chiyogami Sample Box Subscription

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 23

Hand screened chiyogami papers are the ambassadors of Japanese paper. They are immediately recognizable and beloved by artists and designers. The patterns are gorgeous, the printing of them is exquisite, the colors vibrant, and the range is amazing. You will likely have used chiyogami at some point in your artwork and this year we’d like to tell

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Origami Snowflake

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 22 Find the Thai momi marbled paper in your paper pack (this shouldn’t be hard, since we have only two papers left)! The cutting we’ll be doing is called kirigami (there are entire books dedicated to this Japanese form of paper cutting). A quick lesson: origami is just folding paper, while kirigami is folding and cutting paper. Although this

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Dip-cast Paper Jewelry from VERSO

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 21

© VERSO 2015, Pistil Earrings

Melanie Brauner combines her training in papermaking and metalsmithing to create VERSO, her line of paper and metal jewelry. The forms are inspired by the homes insects build, such as coccoons, chrysalises, and hives, as well as other shapes found in nature, like the bends in a river, or the

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Cut & Punched Lantern

The Sunday Paper #86 +25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 20

This is a super simple project, and vellum paper is perfect for it because it comes in bright colors, holds its shape nicely and is translucent. This project first appeared in my book Paper Illuminated. Find the red or orange piece of vellum in your paper pack (it is 3-1/2″ x 8″ for

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Recycled Cotton Papers from Repeat Paperie

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 19

Repeat Paperie handmade papers are created from 100% recycled materials, mostly old cotton clothing.

This allows us to offer very vibrantly colored, soft papers.

Once the papers are dry they are ready for the letterpress! We use either polymer plates or our collection of lead type to create the

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Peace Tree Card

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 18 I designed this card several decades ago. I think it was for an assignment at the School of Visual Arts, where I took a few classes. I remember that my instructor was impressed! My assistant made the denim paper this past summer. That’s right, you are holding 100% blue jean paper in your hands. Cool, huh? I had

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Twelve Months of PaperLove

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 17

Here are some papery prompts for the year ahead from Rachel Hazell, a book artist from Edinburgh, Scotland. Tag @paperhazell on Instagram to share your creations. I can’t wait to meet Rachel in person one day!

January

Paper wish list for 2016. Do you have any particular creative ambitions this year? Is there any project you’ve been

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Pop-Up Snowflake Card

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 16

I have a confession and a challenge for you. The paper I picked for this project (Iridescent Ice Blue from GPC Papers) isn’t quite right. You have 4 small squares of it in your paper pack, plus the navy blue card stock.

I made the original model (pictured above) by printing out the template onto regular

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Madeleine Durham Paste Papers

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 15

© 2015 Madeleine Durham, Christmas Cards

Madeleine Durham creates innovative paste papers. She enjoys working in a painterly fashion using a brush technique to create a contemporary flair for fine bookbinders, collage artists and crafters. Pigmented pastes allow her to vividly express the colorful and fluid abstraction of the style which defines her work.

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Watermarked Luminaria

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 14

I spent many a Christmas during my childhood in Northern New Mexico, and I always loved seeing the rooftops and drives lined with paper bag luminaria. Once I learned to make paper and discovered the watermarking technique, I combined the two ideas.

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Arnold Grummer’s® Celebrates 40 Years

The Sunday Paper #85 + 25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 13

Arnold with Tim Barrett, Kathryn & Howard Clark meeting at the Institute of Paper Chemistry

Arnold Grummer’s® is a company which honors its’ founder by continuing to make excellent papermaking kits and supplies. Arnold lived and breathed papermaking, and he loved its’ blend of science, art, history and creativity. And he

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Snowflake Gift Tag/Ornament

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 12

I love pockets and have developed several projects which utilize envelope “pockets”. When you cut out through the layers of the envelope and slip another paper inside, you get a cool gift tag or ornament that catches the light! Grab the small blue envelope (from envelopes.com) and the square of Ginwashi (from GPC Papers).

Okay,

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HMP Deckle Shapes from Oblation Papers

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 11

When I moved to Portland, OR in the late 1990’s, I worked part-time at Oblation Papers & Press, a gorgeous stationery store in the Pearl District with a production paper mill and a full-blown letterpress shop – a must-see when visiting the Pacific Northwest!

Dove-shaped flat note with gold envelope, 3.5 x 5 inches, cream recycled

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Ball Ornament

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 10

Before I had children (BC), I used to make at least 50 handmade cards every December. This was one of them – I made it with four strips of paper. Later I perfected the design for the letter “O” in my artist’s book Sound Blocks, making the form out of one sheet of paper.

For

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Decorated Papers & Products from Kristoferson Studio

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 9

© Kristoferson Studio, Combed Paste Papers

Susan Kristoferson has specialized in hand-painted and dyed papers since 1990, including the traditional Japanese fold and dye technique of itajime. At her studio in the foothills of Southern Alberta in Canada, she works on many innovative designs as well as historic reproductions.

© Kristoferson Studio, Stamped

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Tyvek Accordion Lantern

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 8

Technically, Tyvek® isn’t paper, but it folds really well, is super strong and water resistant. It’s that stuff they use in construction, protective apparel and packaging (no wonder I like it – it has qualities of paper and cloth). It comes in white (and black) and I use watered-down acrylic paints to pigment my sheets, brushing the

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Vintage Cards Depict Papermaking

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 7

Crane & Co., based in Dalton, MA, has been manufacturing cotton-based paper products used in the printing of national currencies, passports and banknotes as well as for social stationery since the late 1700’s. Crane remains the predominant supplier of paper for use in U.S. currency. The Crane Museum of Papermaking recently opened The Garage Center for

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