Putting Pen to Paper

Putting Pen to Paper

The Sunday Paper #273
August 18, 2019

Paper of the Week: Arnold Grummer’s®

Arnold Grummer’s®, the August sponsor of the Twelve Months of Paper, offers easy and successful paper making kits and supplies to use at home, school, and in the community. August 19th is Arnold Grummer’s birthday. To celebrate, the company is offering two Birthday Specials during August:
  • FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25*. Add promo code ARNOLD25 to your shopping cart at checkout.
  • GET YOUR BALE OUT! Sale Get together with paper making friends for the best price ever on a bale of unbleached abaca.

* Sorry, free shipping does not apply to Paper & Book Presses or Abaca Bale Shipments


In The Studio: Online Paper Sale!


Papery Tidbits:

  • Looking to work in the world of paper? Dieu Donné Papermill has several job openings!
  • I’m lecturing on August 26th at 6pm at Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), 735 West New York Street at the Herron School of Art & Design in the Herron Auditorium. Join me if you’re in the area!


Check out this gorgeous film about Madeleine Durhams’ paste paper. Ooh la la!
Paper flowers seem to be all the rage these days, and they are more practical than real flowers for many reasons. Hannah Read-Baldrey’s paper flowers (and more) are all over the place. I love the title of her book, Flowerbomb!: 25 beautiful craft projects to blow your blossoms.
Using plant and animal fiber grown and produced in Wyoming, artist Diana Baumbach and soil scientist Karen Vaughan, both University of Wyoming faculty members, created woven and cut pieces inspired by and representing soil. The numerous intersections between paper and textiles are made visible though the exhibition: Both come from fibrous sources and are manipulated using similar processes such as cutting, weaving and dyeing. On view at the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center through Oct. 9.

Click through to view the incredible drawings of Ed Merlin Murray in motion!

It is heart warming to read that there is still an interest in stationery and letter writing. Sana Khader runs Zannist, a popular store on Instagram, and is passionate about reviving the lost art of letter-writing. She has thousands of instagram followers and was able to pay all the expenses for her last two years in college from the income she generated from her business.

One of the best parts of assembling a book is connecting with other artists. Special thanks to Ginny Moreland, Orna Hatzor, Emily Duong, and Marcello Araldi for these gorgeous paper samples. I’d love to see yours!


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 (I have enough of these)
  • 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

Deadline: October 15, 2019
I will credit you in the book and will be eternally grateful for your contribution. Thank you!


Featured this week in my Studio shop:
3D vowels (made of paper), The Papermaker’s Studio Guide download, Prism, an artist’s book, my Shadow Ornament online class.


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