Let It Snow!

Let It Snow!

© Kate Hipkiss

The Sunday Paper #491

December 24, 2023

Dear Readers,

I hope you are enjoying a nice long holiday weekend filled with love, comfort and peace. I created this card in a design class at the School of Visual Arts over 30 years ago. I’m delighted to have seen many variations over the years, including this one, made by a reader. We are expecting a white Christmas here in Colorado, and I am hard at work on my Helen’s 100 Papery Picks list to share with you next weekend. Here’s last year’s list, if you happen to need a rabbit hole to run down…

Peace Card by Penny LePome; instructions and template can be found in The Art of Papercraft


If you’re in the UK, you don’t want to miss this upcoming exhibition (opens 1/20/24). PULP celebrates the possibilities of the paper in all its forms, from quilled flowers to figurative sculptures to playful miniatures. The exhibition is collaboratively curated by the Paper Artist Collective and GF Smith (both sites are worth perusing).

© Kate Hipkiss, as seen on Colossal


Need one last craft project to round out the year? We made these Tea Light Toppers at a recent online event. All you need is a letter-sized sheet of translucent paper and a glue stick (plus a tea light, of course). Pictured here: lanterns by Patricia Martinek, Gina Pisello and Liza Stumbke.



Paper Tidbits

  • Minnesota artists, submit your work to the 2024 Minnesota Book Artist Award. Deadline is 1/8/24.
  • If you’re planning to Weave Through Winter in February, start your paper stash now by saving your used holiday wrapping paper, cards, announcements, catalogs, etc.
  • My membership program, The Paper Year, is open for registration through 1/9/24. If you’re interested in exploring paper techniques in a supportive community, please check us out. Here’s what a member from Italy, Deborah Shayne, has to say:

I will enthusiastically continue being member of The Paper Year as long as Helen continues offering the course. It has been is a joy to follow and has  illuminated my last three years. Helen is always supportive, patient  and enthusiastic and  also offers so many “extras” along with the subscription. On-line teaching is wonderful in the right hands and,  living in Italy myself, she can offer the course to an international audience. 

Her monthly projects are designed for the new paper enthusiast as well as the experienced artist since Helen encourages our interpretations and “paper twists”.
She is thorough in her explanation video for each project and backs it up with a written step -by -step description. Participants feel confident about successfully completing  each project. Finally, we also learn from her community of members , many of whom have been with her since the beginning. It is enjoyable and valuable sharing ideas with them.


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