Online Handmade Paper Sale!

Online Handmade Paper Sale!

The Sunday Paper #272
August 11, 2019

Online Paper Sale!

Twice a year, I have an on-line paper sale, and the Summer 2019 sale begins now! Click here to check out the five paper packages featuring flat flax, Papillon Paper notebooks, flax leather, The Maker’s Paper: Sound Blocks and paper cloth. The sale runs now through next Sunday, August 18th. Quantities are limited, so order right away to get what you want!


In The Studio

This week, I had the pleasure of hosting Bing Gong and Eleanore Despina in the studio for a private lesson. Bing took a class with me at Arrowmont several years ago, and the two of them have been setting up their own paper studio in California. We cooked and beat kozo, experimented with internal and external sizing, made cotton and abaca sheets, and more.


Papery Tidbits:

  • Have you listened to my podcast interview with Jocelyn Chateauvert?
  • Join me on August 26th at 6pm for my lecture at Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), 735 West New York Street at the Herron School of Art & Design at 6pm in the Herron Auditorium. A selection of my artist’s books will also be exhibited in the library.
  • Would you be interested in a holiday gift-making online class? This would take place early this fall and would focus on simple paper projects that have been featured in past Twelve Months of Paper calendars. I’m contemplating this – e-mail me if you’re interested.


This is too cool! In September, Nestlé Japan is switching from plastic to paper packaging for their Kit Kats, and they are encouraging people to reuse the package to fold a paper crane. I’m going to be on the lookout for these when I visit Japan in November!
Ekaterina Lukasheva does amazing things with a single sheet of paper. I’m honored to have her as a project contributor for my upcoming book! Check out this video of her work in motion on My Modern Met.

Lenny Maughan is an avid runner and an artist who makes drawings of his 20-mile runs on paper maps. “I’ll look for patterns in a street map or I’ll try to make a shape fit within the lines of the streets, and then I sketch it out on a paper map with a highlighter. It goes through several iterations before I get it just right.”

I really enjoyed this article about how printmaking became popular after The Great Depression. It’s the story of Reeves Lewenthal, who instead of catering to elites like most dealers, focused on the huge middle-class market of art consumers that remained untapped. His goal was to educate and sell art. Associated American Artists: Prints for the People is on view at the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, Oregon) through September 1.

Joseph Hirsch, “Banquet” (1945), lithograph on beige wove paper (Portland Art Museum, gift of Christopher Russell)

I’ve shared this before, but it is worth the repeat! Paper is not dead.


One of the best parts of assembling a book is connecting with other artists. Special thanks to Nancy Akerly, Jocelyn Chateauvert and Gina Pisello for these gorgeous paper samples. You can help too!

MY NEW BOOK – I NEED YOU! I’m in the gathering phase for my next book about all kinds of objects you can create with a single sheet of paper. I envision a visual design element that runs through the book and features a gorgeous array of paper. Do you have a sheet or two to send me? I’m looking for samples of the following, and this list is by no means complete. I want to open people’s eyes to what they can do to a sheet of paper, followed by projects showing what they can do with a sheet of paper.

  • coated papers, such as persimmon, indigo, etc.
  • dyed papers like itajame, shibori, etc.
  • paste papers
  • marbling
  • simple printing techniques
  • rubber stamping/mark making
  • stenciling
  • dimensional techniques, like embossing, momigami, etc.
  • unusual techniques
  • handmade papers (this won’t be a book about how to make paper, but again, I’d like to show readers what is possible).


  • 8-1/2″ x 11″ samples (more or less)
  • Please label these on the back of each sheet with your name, e-mail address, website (if relevant) and a brief but thorough description including the type of paper, the technique, etc.
  • Mail to: Helen Hiebert, 113 Mill Loft St. Unit C213, Edwards, CO 81632

I will credit you in the book and will be eternally grateful for your contribution. Thank you!


Featured this week in my Studio shop:
Playing With Pop-Ups, my films about paper, a paper weaving LandEscape, an artist’s book.


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  1. Marty says:

    Helen, Will the paper pieces sent in for your Book be returned?

    • Helen says:

      Marty, I am just seeing this sorry. No, unfortunately I do not have the resources to return all of the samples. Helen