Papermaking Kit Giveaway!

The Sunday Paper #216

July 8, 2018

Paper of the Week: Arnold Grummer’s Papermill Pro

Spoiler alert! Arnold Grummer’s will release a refreshed and updated version of the classic Papermill Pro this fall. Helen Hiebert Studio is pleased to offer the very first kit to this month’s giveaway winner. Papermill Pro Kits use the simple ‘pour’ method to make paper. Arnold Grummer modeled his sets after the ‘British handsheet former’ used by scientists in paper labs at the Institute of Paper Chemistry where he worked. Real papermaking screen and other quality supplies deliver a papermaking experience that is both successful and accessible to anyone who wants to make paper at home or school. 

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Out of the Studio: 

I taught at Idyllwild Arts this past week, in an idyllic summer camp setting – the California mountains with huge trees, cool mornings, warm afternoons, bunnies, squirrels and birds galore! We had a really fun time making momigami, folded paper, bendable paper lamps and Japanese chochin structures. Several of these projects are covered in my online class, Paper Illuminated, which begins July 25th!

Papery Tidbits

  • There’s still time to register for the Paper Illuminated online class, but please contact me first if you’d like to order a supply kit (the deadline for that has passed, but I have a few extra kits).
  • Do you need a new podcast to listen to? Check out Paper Talk. There are 25 episodes featuring interviews with contemporary professionals working in the field of hand papermaking.
  • Do you own my how-to books about papermaking and paper crafts?

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Check out this giant pop-up book that John Byrne designed in 1973. It is more than two meters tall and includes five pop-up scenes from the play The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil. Its compact design meant the set was inexpensive and could be transported on top of a van as the original production toured around Scotland. The actors would turn the page during the play to reveal the next scene. How cool is that?!


Calling midwest paper artists! Arnold Grummer’s invites you to submit your work for the annual juried exhibit they sponsor each fall in Green Lake, WI. Arnold Grummer’s Midwest Paperfest is underwritten by Mabel Grummer to promote handmade paper art and introduce community members to the creative work of artists in the region. Exhibiting artists are invited to explore or broaden technique with a free workshop. And look who is offering this year’s workshop: international instructor Helen Hiebert, ‘Working With High Shrinkage Abaca’. Download an application for this year’s event. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

I enjoyed the text about these prayer rolls (especially the birth girdle). The online exhibit by Yale University includes this long narrow prayer roll (4th down on the page) which would be worn by women to invoke heavenly aid in childbirth. The text running the length of the exterior of the roll says: “And a womyn that ys quyck wythe chylde [girde] hir wythe thys mesure and she shall be safe.” I’m not sure that any of these are created on paper (but certainly they are paper-like substances, such as parchment) and I’m also not sure what the difference between a prayer roll and a scroll is. Do you know?

I love these paper weavings that artist Sarah Morgan showed off over in the facebook group Club Paper this week! Here’s what she had to say: “The mail art theme is, What do you do to keep cool? I am attempting to weave together beach postcards with library papers. I will make some stamps out of movie theater tickets.” Join us and show off your creations! 

You know I don’t usually address politics on this blog, but I had to share this article about the guys who tape Trump’s papers back together (it could be fake news).

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About our Sponsor: Arnold Grummer’s celebrates 43 years in business with successful, easy-to-use paper making kits and general supplies. 2019 marks the company’s continued commitment to education as proud underwriter of Arnold Grummer’s Paper Science STEAM Projects & Lesson Plans. Arnold Grummer worked as editor of general publications and community liaison for paper scientists at the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton, WI, now known as the Renewable Biotechs Institute at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. He filled the duties of curator of the Dard Hunter Paper Museum when it was housed at IPC. Arnold is remembered for his passion for paper and the individual fiber. He encouraged young and old to discover how the smallest variations between ‘water, fiber and a screen’ could lead to limitless artistic expression. His instructional videos are available on Arnold Grummer’s youtube channel.

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6 comments to Papermaking Kit Giveaway!

  • Janice A. Sauer

    I would love to have the papermaking kit.

  • k izenman

    Rolls and scrolls appear to be interchangeable terms for the most part. One distinction I discovered is that the lines of writing in a ROLL tend to run the width of the roll, parallel to the short end, and lines of writing on a SCROLL tend to run along the long length of the paper, and the writing was divided into page-like sections, so you could have only the “page” exposed, and the pages before and after what you were reading were rolled on the two wooden rollers. But this doesn’t apply to all examples.

  • Bea

    What a generous offer…

  • Lorrie Lane

    I love Arnold Grummer’s materials and the how-to videos! He makes it easy to be successful whether your are an adult who has made paper for a while or a child exploring a new skill.

  • Loretta Lane

    I love Arnold Grummer’s materials and his videos. He demonstrates all the steps you need to be successful when making paper. My favorite is still the basic tin can papermaking, which I have taught to Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts with great success. I pulled the set out recently and made some tin can paper for fun! I would love a pour mold.

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