How-To Books by Helen Hiebert

I’ve been creating these book round-ups throughout 2018 featuring five books a month. It just dawned on me that I’ve written five how-to books, so this post is dedicated to them. Feel free to pin this image to share this resource with the wider paper community. And by the way, click here to see the growing list of the Best-of-Lists. I’m creating one a month.

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Window Star

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 2 This post may contain affiliate links which means I make a small commission if you make a purchase at no additional cost to you.

Please note that the star in this photo is slightly different than the one you’ll be making. Can you see the difference?

Hooray! It is time to make our first 25 Days

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Another Giveaway!

Last week I typed about my next giveaway. I’m hoping to tempt you to make and share one of the projects in my book, Playing With Paper (a spin-off from a project qualifies too – creative twists are encouraged)! To enter the giveaway, just e-mail a picture of your project to helen@helenhiebertstudio.com. You will be entered in a drawing to win a copy of the

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Playing With Paper Projects

I’m curious to know whether you have had a chance to try any of the projects in my book Playing With Paper? I’d love to see and share your creative ideas! But seriously, you can be honest and say no – I have plenty of books on my own shelf that serve purely to inspire. For those of you who’d like to try making one

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Origamic Architecture

As many of you know, I’m writing a new book called Playing With Pop-Ups. I’m in the home stretch… my final manuscript is due July 1. I find this deadline both nerve wracking and relieving! But let me be the first to say that I’ll be smiling come July 1. Pop-Ups were actually my entrée into the world of paper. Back in 1986, when I

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The Bookworm

Before I get started, just a quick plug about The Wish, my next installation project. I’m collecting wishes, and it is free and easy to share a wish! Click here to read more information about the project and to leave your wish!

Six Colorado Authors at The Bookworm

Last night I did my first local book event, a Local Author Showcase at The

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On Writing Books – Part Two

This is a follow-up to last week’s post: On Writing Books. I mentioned that years ago, I had a contract to write a book about paper lamp shades. The project was terminated after I had completed my entire outline and turned in a few chapters. Needless to say, this was a huge disappointment, but by this time I had two books under my belt with

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Hello from Codex!

This is just a quick hello from the Bay Area where I’m attending the Codex International Book Fair. I arrived a day early and had a wonderful time walking up to Mt. Davidson near my friend’s home, exploring Chinatown and attending an Indian festival.

View of the SF skyline from Mt. Davidson

The book fair today was amazing! I saw so many old

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A Peak Inside of Playing With Paper

Playing With Paper is now in stores. Have you seen it in a shop near you? Here it is at Powell’s Bookstore in Portland (thanks to my friend Lisa for snapping this pic). I’d love to post pictures of the book in various locations, so send me a photo if you happen to see it!

Playing With Paper

I thought I’d share a

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4 & Counting: 3D Handmade Paper

There are numerous artists creating wonders with handmade paper. I wrote another post about two-dimensional techniques recently, and here are some examples of three-dimensional paper techniques. These are featured in The Papermaker’s Studio Guide as well. Let’s start with the least dimensional, which would be embossed sheets. Here’s an example by Margareta Mannervik. By simply laying wet sheets of handmade paper on top of an

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5: The End of the World: Flying Paper

Hello?   Is anybody here?   I don’t know if I’m the only one left…   I’m thinking about what I’d need at the end of the world. Oh… is it too late?   I think I need a getaway vehicle – a way to get off of the earth! And since I’m light as a feather now, I’ll try this first:

Folding

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7: Inflatable Paper

Remember the origami balloons, or water bombs, we learned to make in elementary school? I taught my after school paper club kids to make them today, and the high energy group had fun tossing and kicking them around the room like hacky sacks. But here’s another idea – use them as holiday light covers.

origami paper balloon light covers, by JuuniOrigami

When I

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8. Pleat Pleat

We’ve all seen fancy ways to pleat and tuck fabric in the fashion world. Guess what? There are a variety of ways in which artists have adapted these techniques in paper. In Playing With Paper, I feature a couple of artists who fold paper in unique ways. Artist Chris Palmer is author of the book Shadowfolds. This book focuses on folding fabric, but Chris has

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10: Paper Jewelry + A Giveaway

Congratulations to Anne McIntyre for winning the first giveaway in this blog series! Anne will receive a copy of Playing With Paper, three window stars, and a set of kite paper so that she can make a few of her own window stars (one of the projects featured in the book). And now, it is time for another giveaway! Check out the paper goodness you

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15: Rolled, Crimped, Scrunched & Wrapped

The gallery section of Playing With Paper features 18 artists who work in paper. Following are short profiles and images of four artists who manipulate paper in their own unusual ways. Valerie Buess lives in Germany and is inspired by the uselessness of waste paper: newspaper, phone directories, magazines, train schedules, etc. She rolls pieces of paper into various forms and makes incredible sculptures by

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20: St Nicholas Day Giveaway!

In honor of St. Nicholas Day, I’m doing my first giveaway! St Nicholas, a 4th century saint, had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him. He became the model for Santa Claus.

Purchase an origami Santa from Louise’s Studio

Here’s what St. Nick has in store for you: – A

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24: 'Tis the First Day of Advent

Happy Advent Everyone!

Life sized paper nativity scene in London

Although advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, it has become quite a season of shopping in anticipation of Christmas day, regardless of belief. I find it challenging as a parent during the holidays when my kids

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Day # 25: Start at the Very Beginning

In honor of the publication of my new book, Playing With Paper, I’m launching this 25 Days of Paper blog marathon. Today is Day 1, but we’ll count down from 25, ending on Christmas day with a giveaway! And since it is the holiday season, I’ll be hosting a few other giveaways. Be sure to check in daily to learn how to win a copy

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25 Days of Paper!

I’m going to try something new in order to jump-start my blog activity in anticipation of my book, Playing With Paper, which will be in stores January 1st! (If you really want an autographed copy before Christmas, you can order one here (please place your order by November 29th).

Each day I will blog about a paper product, how-to project, paper artist,

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The Ultimate Paper Swatch Book!

I’ve been thinking a lot about paper lately (what’s new? you might ask), but seriously, paper is complex! The book I’m writing, Playing with Paper, has me designing projects, looking at a variety of paper artists’ work and thinking about what the heck I’m going to write about paper in the forward. And all of this thinking has led to many questions, e.g., How

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Playing with Paper

I’m working on a new book, Playing with Paper, and am having fun writing the instructions, developing new projects, inviting a handful of guest artists, and curating the gallery. Here’s a step from one of the projects I’m contributing, a folding screen made from envelopes.

And here’s a picture of the finished project, which will certainly look much nicer in the actual book, which

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