Happiest + Merriest + a Ho Ho to You!

Happiest + Merriest + a Ho Ho to You!

The Sunday Paper #239

December 23, 2018
Happy Holidays Everyone!

Paper of the Week: French Paper

I have long been fascinated with the multitude of ways that one sheet of paper can be transformed. Here’s a tree I’ve been engineering over the past couple of weeks. It is made from one sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″ French Paper. When I interviewed Hedi Kyle & Ulla Warchol on Paper Talk, they told me about this company that still manufactures paper right here in the US. I bought their Sample Pack Multi-Pack, which contained 337 sheets of 8-1/2″ x 11 papers in a variety of colors and textures. It was totally worth the $30!


In the Studio

I am nearing completion of my next artist’s book, Prism. It’s been fun doing research about color and light (not to mention making over 600 sheets of handmade paper. Okay. Not so fun). Did you know that Isaac Newton discovered the color spectrum by watching light filter through a prism? And he came up with seven colors in the rainbow because he thought they related to the octave in music. I’ve created a few more colors in between the seven hues, for a total of 24. This image shows Newton’s color wheel (disassembled) in my quest for the perfect cover for my book. Stay tuned!


I’m loving Sarah Louise Matthews’ instagram. She’s been creating a paper advent alphabet! Here are some trees for “T”, but click through to view all of the other letters!

Which reminds me that I love paper trees! Here are a few that I’ve created in the past, plus a new one! Okay, this first one isn’t paper, but it relates to the alphabet.

I’ve been working on this one-sheet paper tree this year (this is the same tree pictured at the top of this post). You might find this project in the next version of the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar (2019 copies are still available). Here it is in black and white…
Here are the leaves of a tree featured on the Paper Specs website. I love the explanatory videos this company creates, featuring design projects, papers and production techniques from the commercial world of paper.

Frozen ink! An appropo story for winter… Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art, A selection of paintings, poetry and calligraphy spans a millennium of tradition and creativity in East Asian art, is currently on view at the Portland Art Museum in Portland. What caught my eye was this calligraphic painting made with frozen ink! This actually spells a Japanese word… can you read it? If not, the translation is at the link.

Inoue Yūichi (Japanese, 1916–1985), Shout, 1961, hanging scroll; frozen ink on paper, 37 x 69 5/16 in., Collection of Mary and Cheney Cowles.

I shared this Peace Card template a couple of weeks ago (notice the tree) and was delighted that several people tried it out and posted pictures! Enjoy the variations below and try it yourself!

This is my original design, cut out of a red corrugated paper.


Ann Nunziata did this watercolor design and then cut out the card.


A more organic hand painted form by Ruth Dailey.


Cris Ballinger cut these out of her own handmade papers.


Mary Rodas used the tools at her local maker space to go into production!

And finally, here’s a lovely paper cut animation for the shortest day of the year by Angie Pickman. Happy Solstice!


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1 Comment

  1. LindaSonia says:

    LOVE that tree – I’ll make a note to look for next year’s calendar for that project!! Thanks for sharing.

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