Fat Magic

Fat Magic

The Sunday Paper #171, August 20, 2017

Paper of the Week: Thermochromic Stamp Paper

Are you ready for the solar eclipse tomorrow? Have you seen the stamps? I purchased a sheet and the paper is treated to be heat activated (remember mood rings)? Truth be told, my thumb must not be hot enough, so I finally breathed some hot air on the middle stamp and lo and behold, the moon appeared! Who knew? A Colorado company, Chromatic Technologies, developed the special ink… and the title of the blog post comes from “the special kinds of fat that come from vegetable sources — really specific chemicals with an exact melting point.”


In the Studio:

My biannual online paper sale is going on right now (through August 25th). Click on over to view what’s left. I’m happy/sorry to report that all of the abaca and mystery packs are gone. Cotton papers and word broadsides are still available!

The mystery paper pack includes 20 assorted sheets of handmade paper ranging in size from 5″ x 7″ to 9″ x 12″.

Papery Tidbits

  • Want to work with me in person? Grab a last spot in my retreat (September 8-10 or 12-14), meet me on Whidbey Island (October 5-8) or find me in San Antonio (October 20-22).
  • I created a video of my latest artist’s book, Tangential, which was inspired by the 1570 edition of Euclid’s Elements of Geometry. Have a look!


I met Julia Garretson at the Oregon College of Arts & Crafts years ago. She’s been interested in papermaking since she was a kid and it is now a integral part of her life. This is a lovely documentary about her work and life, and I love the title: To the Last Fiber.

Cut Up/Cut Out is a traveling paper cut exhibition which is now in Bellevue and features over 50 artists.

I love the use of paper in this piece by Yuko Kimura at the Verne Collection in Cleveland.

“Evening Shimmer,” monotype on antique Japanese woodblock pages and collage

Wowza! A $30,000 coloring book? The pages are handmade paper (European, I presume) and the illustrations can be customized. I do hope that the artist, Ian Beck, is receiving his fair share!
These book table lights are pretty cool. I’m not sure they are made from paper, but they sure could be!
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  1. Now, I need to get some stamps, eclipse stamps!
    Congratulations on your artists’ book “Tangential”, what a great piece.

  2. Lou says:

    I think the writer of the book lights piece doesn’t understand what is involved in making a piece like these books?

  3. Lou says:

    $210 doesn’t sound like too much to me.