The 500th Edition of The Sunday Paper!

The 500th Edition of The Sunday Paper!

The Sunday Paper #500

March 17, 2024

Today’s blog post is a bit different, because we are celebrating the 500th edition of The Sunday Paper! Keep reading to find out about a giveaway and some fun facts about this blog.

But first, an invitation:

I’m excited to be hosting a one-hour FREE Zoom workshop on Friday, March 29th at noon MST (Denver). In honor of the solar eclipse (which will occur on April 8th) we’ll be creating this Interactive Eclipse Card. Join me and make your own card, and then spin the wheel of the volvelle (one of the oldest forms of moveables) and illuminate the moon phases (and the eclipse) with your phone or flashlight!

This workshop will also include a brief presentation about my Paper Year membership program, which will be open for registration March 29th – April 10th.

Sign up for this one-hour workshop and invite your friends


I wrote the first edition of The Sunday Paper on May 3, 2014 and have been blogging (almost) weekly ever since.

A huge THANK YOU to you, dear readers – whether you’ve been reading since day one or this is your first issue – your shared enthusiasm for paper inspires me.

In celebration of 500 posts, I’m doing a GIVEAWAY 

If you know me, you know that I have spent my career creating and discovering new papers, exploring techniques for working with paper, and figuring out which paper is best for a particular project. All of these things come together in my latest book, The Art of Papercraft, and I’m raffling off five free copies. If you already own a copy (and you win), you can pay it forward by sending it to a friend or donating it to your library.

Enter to win by telling me one thing you like most about The Sunday Paper. 


A bit of Sunday Paper history:

Here’s what I wrote in the first issue of The Sunday Paper, and it still rings true, 10 years later:

They keep saying that paper will become obsolete, yet artists, craftspeople, designers and creatives are keeping it alive and well. A healthy number of people are even making paper by hand (in some cultures they are still using age-old traditions). How cool is that? The Sunday PAPER is a resource for ideas and inspiration, all having to do with this amazing material. Each Sunday, I’ll bring you stories and examples of people doing exciting, innovative, and beautiful things with paper, as well as links to interesting paperfacts I’ve unearthed from around the globe. I hope you’ll enjoy reading this paper, Papier, papel, хартия, Papir,紙, Papper, פּאַפּיר… and don’t hesitate to leave your comments and suggestions below.

Here are some highlights from every 100th issue of The Sunday Paper.

Issue #100 featured a giveaway; a Paper of the Week (I’ve tested out various columns over the years, and this was one of them); the work of Paul Johnson; Paperhouse Studio in Toronto; some amazing origami vessels that were featured on Eric Gjerde’s website; and an installation made up of 35,000 paper cubes. Read Issue #100.

Issue #200 featured an early episode of my podcast, Paper Talk (which is still going strong – I just released Episode #121); an armada of 180 boats created by Steve Messum; Paper/Print: American Hand Papermaking, an exhibition at the International Print Center New York; a 3D paper installation of a Lexus; and a flexagon in the opening scene of the movie A Wrinkle in TimeRead Issue #200.

Issue #300 featured my Twelve Months of Paper Calendar (remember those?);  Ayumi Shibata’s paper cut three-dimensional shapes in which paper expresses the yang, light, and the process to cut expresses the yin, shadow; a feature from my free Facebook group, The Paper Studio; and a video about John Collins, who flies world record paper airplanes. Read Issue #300.

Issue #400 featured the book launch for The Art of Papercraft, the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC)’s non-juried exhibition The Illustrated Accordion; Mahatma Gandhi’s swadeshi dream – the movement for national independence in India boycotting foreign goods and encouraging the use of domestic products; and UCLA’s Hammer Museum and its affiliated Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, which both collect works on paper Read Issue #400.


The Sunday Paper is FREE, and I want to make sure that you know about the other free paper resources I offer:

  • The Paper Advisor is a place to find resources about paper, including information about tools and supplies, how-to videos, and paper tips – all in one place!
  • My Podcast, Paper Talk is an ongoing series of interviews (with me) featuring artists and professionals who are working in the field of hand papermaking and paper art.
  • Youtube videos, featuring papermaking and papercraft tutorials.
  • The Paper Studio is a Facebook group, where we share what we’re creating with paper every Friday.


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That’s all for today. Thank you so much for following this blog; keep sending suggestions; and I’ll see you again next Sunday!


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  1. Katiellen Madden says:

    Congratulations Helen! I look forward to reading your “Sunday Paper”, weekly. Thank you for all the wonderful information .

  2. 500! And your work has morphed before our eyes. Your inquiry has been curious and consistent for as long as I have known who you are! Thank gawd fer ye!

    Here’s to the next 500 pages!