FREE Luminaria Tutorial

FREE Luminaria Tutorial

The Sunday Paper #212

June 10, 2018
Thanks to everyone who entered the June Twelve Months of Paper Giveaway for a set of decorative papers! And the winner is … Karen Pizzuto-Sharp. Congratulations!

Paper of the Week: Watermarked Cotton Handmade Paper

Just in case you don’t know about the 12 Months of Paper… it’s an annual calendar that features a how-to paper project every month. I can’t wait to share the upcoming 2019 calendar with you, but in the meantime, here’s one of the projects from 2017. All of the resources you need are listed below the image, and there’s a bonus! In addition to showing you how to assemble a single sheet box-shaped luminaria, I also show you how to make a watermark.

I mention a few resources in the video tutorial:

If you create a luminaria, send me a photo! And feel free to share this blog post with your paper-loving friends.


In the Studio:

If you enjoyed the luminaria tutorial, maybe you’d like to join my online class Paper Illuminated. Think summer camp for paper art without the travel! The course is now open for registration. Join us and create the projects featured below. I’ve put together a supply kit that you can order when you sign up – order everything you need or just the lamp parts if you have your own paper. Click through to watch the video trailer.

Papery Tidbits

  • I’m looking forward to exploring a new part of California over 4th of July week. There’s still room to join me in one or both of these classes: The Potential of Paper and Paper Sculpture.
  • Have you checked out the free Facebook group Club Paper? Join us!
  • I’ve updated my website and there’s lots to learn there (if I do say so myself). Check out the Shop Page where you will find studio samples, how-to books, the 12 Months of Paper Calendar, films, online classes & artist’s books.


I love this! The University of Toronto’s Hart House currently has this rainbow flag of cranes on display for Pride month.

University of Toronto’s Hart House currently has the rainbow flag of cranes on display, kicking off the first day of Pride month. (HART HOUSE TWITTER)

A new exhibit at MoMA, Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams, shows the late artist’s intricate sculptures made largely of paper products and created to help people see the magnificent places in his mind.

I really enjoy seeing the work of the members of Club Paper. Paula Graham created this lovely little lantern in my Paper Weaving online class and shared this photo with the group. Join Club Paper! It’s my free facebook group where you can share you’re working on, get encouragement when you need a little push, and be inspired with new ideas, tips, & tricks.

Bee saving paper? How brilliant, and I hope it works! The paper was designed by paper craftswoman Malgorzata Lasocka, owner of Manufaktura Papieru Czerpanego w Kobylce in Poland and four former creatives at Saatchi & Saatchi. The paper is made with a pulp that contains a type of energy-rich glucose known as “fondant for bees,” a substance used by beekeepers to feed bees over the winter. (Special thanks to those of you who alerted me to this story).

[Photo: Filip Żołyński]

Remember the guy I wrote about who made the 23 mile long paper chain? Check out Roy Abo, who hopes his origami umbrellas are listed in the Guinness World Records one day. He has made thousands of them—4,654 at last count!


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  1. Paul says:

    Non-functioning Youtube link.

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