Paper Weaving Workshop

Ever since I did my 100 x 100 Paper Weavings Project back in 2013, I’ve been thinking about the many ways to weave paper. And this past weekend, I had the opportunity to teach a new workshop at sweet spot in Erie, Colorado. Platypus Papers creates custom wedding stationery and all sorts of outside-of-the-box event props, which are worthy of another blog post – stay

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Artists' Books in the Marketplace

My booth at Codex featuring artists’ books, papers, trade publications & more

The Codex Book Fair, which I’ve had the privilege of attending three times, is by far the biggest marketing gamble I take in my business. It is a huge undertaking on many levels – cost: the hefty booth fee, travel expenses, and shipping; and time spent in preparation, marketing and being

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A visit to the San Francisco Center for the Book

Greetings from the Codex Book Fair! As you can see, it is a BUSY event. I’ve hardly had a chance to escape my booth the first two days, but I’m hoping to get out and about today amongst the viewers of books by 190 vendors! I’ll try to remember to take photos to post next week.

Last Friday and Saturday, I had the opportunity

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Paper Shops

Almost 25 years ago, on a short trip to Japan, I visited my first paper store. I don’t recall many details about the shop, except that I was inspired to learn everything I could about handmade paper after that trip. I’d never been in a paper store before, and I’m not sure that there were any in America in 1989 (go ahead, prove me wrong).

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Playing With Paper Kits

Today’s post features the new Playing With Paper Kits, which I recently launched in my on-line store.

My mother always encouraged me to make handmade gifts, and for a few years, she even hired me to make her holiday cards. And then there was the year she hired me to make latch hook rugs with the names of my cousins on them. I can’t

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Holiday Gift Making!

Forgive me if this seems like a bit of an infomercial, but a girl has to do her marketing! And pardon me if you receive a message like this twice in the next day or two. If you live in Colorado and subscribe to my newsletter as well as this – my BLOG – you’ll receive two similar notes. I give you permission to delete

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Another Giveaway!

Last week I typed about my next giveaway. I’m hoping to tempt you to make and share one of the projects in my book, Playing With Paper (a spin-off from a project qualifies too – creative twists are encouraged)! To enter the giveaway, just e-mail a picture of your project to You will be entered in a drawing to win a copy of the

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Playing With Paper Projects

I’m curious to know whether you have had a chance to try any of the projects in my book Playing With Paper? I’d love to see and share your creative ideas! But seriously, you can be honest and say no – I have plenty of books on my own shelf that serve purely to inspire. For those of you who’d like to try making one

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Origamic Architecture

As many of you know, I’m writing a new book called Playing With Pop-Ups. I’m in the home stretch… my final manuscript is due July 1. I find this deadline both nerve wracking and relieving! But let me be the first to say that I’ll be smiling come July 1. Pop-Ups were actually my entrée into the world of paper. Back in 1986, when I

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Where Do You Find Inspiration?

You never really know what to expect when you go on a TV or Radio Show. I’ve been on both in the last month to promote my newest book Playing With Paper. In my TV interview with Tricia Swenson from my local station, I was caught slightly off guard right off the bat when she opened our conversation with a statement rather than a question.

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Artistically Speaking Radio Interview Tomorrow!

Please join me in a live interview with host Rebecca Parsons on her radio show Artistically Speaking this Sunday (5/19) at 3:30(PT), 4:30(MT), 5:30(CT) 6:30(ET)! I’ll be talking about my new book, Playing With Paper as well as my art, my other books and DVD’s. I’ll post the link to the show on Tuesday for those of you who can’t tune in.

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The Bookworm

Before I get started, just a quick plug about The Wish, my next installation project. I’m collecting wishes, and it is free and easy to share a wish! Click here to read more information about the project and to leave your wish!

Six Colorado Authors at The Bookworm

Last night I did my first local book event, a Local Author Showcase at The

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The Paper Club

I host a weekly after school club at my kid’s school, which I started in Portland about five years ago at The Portland Village School. It has been a fun little gig that started with my children as participants, and then helpers, and now, well, they’ve graduated (in other words, they don’t want to help their mom anymore)! I’ve got a steady group of about

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On Writing Books – Part Two

This is a follow-up to last week’s post: On Writing Books. I mentioned that years ago, I had a contract to write a book about paper lamp shades. The project was terminated after I had completed my entire outline and turned in a few chapters. Needless to say, this was a huge disappointment, but by this time I had two books under my belt with

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Codex Book Fair

I’m off to the Codex Book Fair on Friday… will any of you be there? I’ll be in Booth 167, and I’m looking forward to it! For those of you who don’t know about it, this is the 3rd biennial event, where “the most distinguished book artists and artisans, private presses, and fine art publishers will be exhibiting their art and craft”. It takes place

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A Peak Inside of Playing With Paper

Playing With Paper is now in stores. Have you seen it in a shop near you? Here it is at Powell’s Bookstore in Portland (thanks to my friend Lisa for snapping this pic). I’d love to post pictures of the book in various locations, so send me a photo if you happen to see it!

Playing With Paper

I thought I’d share a

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3: Paper & Books

Book Arts is a growing field, and there are many innovative uses of paper in contemporary artists’ books. The following is just the tip of the iceberg and documents my own experience with various instructors over the years. I met Ed Hutchins in the early 1990’s when I took a workshop with him at Long Island University. In one day, we created approximately 25 different

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4 & Counting: 3D Handmade Paper

There are numerous artists creating wonders with handmade paper. I wrote another post about two-dimensional techniques recently, and here are some examples of three-dimensional paper techniques. These are featured in The Papermaker’s Studio Guide as well. Let’s start with the least dimensional, which would be embossed sheets. Here’s an example by Margareta Mannervik. By simply laying wet sheets of handmade paper on top of an

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5: The End of the World: Flying Paper

Hello?   Is anybody here?   I don’t know if I’m the only one left…   I’m thinking about what I’d need at the end of the world. Oh… is it too late?   I think I need a getaway vehicle – a way to get off of the earth! And since I’m light as a feather now, I’ll try this first:


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6: Paper Stars!

Need a star for the top of your tree? I had fun putting together this collection. Many of them include DIY tutorials (click on the maker names below the images).

The Making Spot

Imagine That …



The Paper Place

Tasty Paintings

Froebel’s Stars

10 Paper Star Ornaments

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7: Inflatable 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 energy group had fun tossing and kicking them around the room like hacky sacks. But here’s another idea – use them as holiday light covers.

origami paper balloon light covers, by JuuniOrigami

When I

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8. Pleat Pleat

We’ve all seen fancy ways to pleat and tuck fabric in the fashion world. Guess what? There are a variety of ways in which artists have adapted these techniques in paper. In Playing With Paper, I feature a couple of artists who fold paper in unique ways. Artist Chris Palmer is author of the book Shadowfolds. This book focuses on folding fabric, but Chris has

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10: Paper Jewelry + A Giveaway

Congratulations to Anne McIntyre for winning the first giveaway in this blog series! Anne will receive a copy of Playing With Paper, three window stars, and a set of kite paper so that she can make a few of her own window stars (one of the projects featured in the book). And now, it is time for another giveaway! Check out the paper goodness you

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11: Paper + Hope

In light of the senseless shootings this week, in Oregon, Connecticut, and no doubt other places around the world, I thought I’d type about a few projects that artists working with paper are doing, which give me hope!

At a papermaking conference about six years ago, I listened to the moving story of Drew Cameron, who spoke eloquently about his experience in the US

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15: Rolled, Crimped, Scrunched & Wrapped

The gallery section of Playing With Paper features 18 artists who work in paper. Following are short profiles and images of four artists who manipulate paper in their own unusual ways. Valerie Buess lives in Germany and is inspired by the uselessness of waste paper: newspaper, phone directories, magazines, train schedules, etc. She rolls pieces of paper into various forms and makes incredible sculptures by

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16: Holiday Greeting Cards

Before I had children (13 years ago) I enjoyed making handmade holiday cards and sending them to friends and family. Unfortunately, that tradition has gone by the wayside, but last year, I created this virtual card (I did make the original in handmade paper) and thankfully had a talented intern who helped with the animation. I love mixing the old and the new! I’m hoping

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18: Pop-Ups

I think I could write 25 posts about pop-ups, but I’ll spare you… Pop-ups were my foray into paper arts. In 1986, when I spent my junior year abroad in Germany, I took a class in letter arts and discovered a three-dimensional alphabet in a book of fonts. The font was printed flat on the page, but illustrated in a way that I could recreate

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19: Paper Cutting

Perhaps the simplest paper cuts are paper snowflakes. How About Orange is a blog featuring some a cool DIY selection. By the way, I woke up this morning to fresh snowfall here in Colorado.

DIY Paper Snowflakes by How About Orange

Snowflake pattern and result, by How About Orange

There are paper cutting traditions in many countries. Mexico is famous for Papel Picado,

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20: St Nicholas Day Giveaway!

In honor of St. Nicholas Day, I’m doing my first giveaway! St Nicholas, a 4th century saint, had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him. He became the model for Santa Claus.

Purchase an origami Santa from Louise’s Studio

Here’s what St. Nick has in store for you: – A

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21: Cardboard

Cardboard is a sturdy paper product which can be used as a construction material. The Cardboard Book is a great inspirational resource.

Foldschool furniture, featured in The Cardboard Book

When I was a college exchange student in Mainz, Germany, I took paper course and we built furniture from cardboard. I designed a triangular bedside table that doubled as a waste basket (the top

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22: Stretched Paper

There are some fabulous old black and white books with amazing diagrams for folding, cutting, scoring and manipulating paper in simple ways that often lead to complex forms. My favorite book is Creating with Paper, by Pauline Johnson. This has proven to be a popular book for many years, with fourteen print runs in hard cover before it was released in paperback in 1975!

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24: 'Tis the First Day of Advent

Happy Advent Everyone!

Life sized paper nativity scene in London

Although advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, it has become quite a season of shopping in anticipation of Christmas day, regardless of belief. I find it challenging as a parent during the holidays when my kids

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Day # 25: Start at the Very Beginning

In honor of the publication of my new book, Playing With Paper, I’m launching this 25 Days of Paper blog marathon. Today is Day 1, but we’ll count down from 25, ending on Christmas day with a giveaway! And since it is the holiday season, I’ll be hosting a few other giveaways. Be sure to check in daily to learn how to win a copy

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Pop-Up Book Artist Paul Johnson

  I had the pleasure of meeting and hosting British pop-up book artist Paul Johnson when he was in Portland recently. He was on a West Coast tour: teaching four workshops at the San Francisco Center for the book, a weekend workshop at Oregon College of Art & Craft and working with students at Mills College in Oakland. My own initial interest in paper

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Playing with Paper

I’m working on a new book, Playing with Paper, and am having fun writing the instructions, developing new projects, inviting a handful of guest artists, and curating the gallery. Here’s a step from one of the projects I’m contributing, a folding screen made from envelopes.

And here’s a picture of the finished project, which will certainly look much nicer in the actual book, which

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