The Gift of Paper

The Gift of Paper

The Sunday Paper #157, May 7, 2017
Congratulations to Melinda Collins Knick, the winner of the raffle!!

Paper of the Week: The Sunday Paper! 

Happy Birthday to The Sunday Paper, which is 3 years old today! I have so enjoyed sharing papery information with you every week for the past three years, and I look forward to doing so for many years to come!
Today I’m offering a giveaway in celebration of this milestone. Read on to see what you can win, plus there’s a gift for everyone who enters!


One lucky winner will receive a 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar + a paper pack with everything you need to create all of the projects PLUS a sampling of the new papers for the 2018 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

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Bonus! Everyone who enters the drawing will receive a free downloadable tutorial for making a shadow ornament!

The raffle winner will be chosen at random on May 16th, 2017. The winners will be announced on this blog on May 22, 2017. Good luck!



Your Turn! 

Sunday Paper ClickI invite you to consider making a donation (i.e. give a 3rd birthday gift) to support the research, writing, design and delivery of The Sunday Paper! Click on the paper button at the left to see how you can provide support.

Readers like you have donated between $10 and $200. There’s also an option to contribute $7-$10/month. If you’ve donated in the past, consider donating again! The Sunday Paper and I thank you heartily for your support!


Out of the Studio:

I spent the past week in North Carolina (I left here driving through snow and arrived to temps in the 90’s)! The main event was a two-day workshop in New Bern, a sweet little town which is close to the coast and set on a huge river, making it feel as if you’re at the ocean. I also spent a day in the Raleigh-Durham area visiting the special collections libraries at Duke and UNC Chapel Hill, followed by teaching a paper weaving workshop for the Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild. Both teaching gigs were arranged by individuals who either took a workshop with me or read that I would be in the area. I’m so thankful to them for reaching out and organizing the events!

View near the studio where I taught in New Bern, on the Neuse River.

View near the studio where I taught in New Bern, on the Neuse River.


Felix Semper makes these incredible paper sculptures that look like marble, until you stretch them!

© Felix Semper, Biggie Smalls sculpture

© Felix Semper, Biggie Smalls sculpture

Here’s a new way to look at shredded paper. Peggy Klineman takes items from her past, shreds them, and then rearranges her own life’s paper trail.
Washable craft paper looks and acts like leather, but doesn’t cost as much. B’Nottee is making all kinds of stationery products with this interesting material in Malaysia.
Love this interview with Keltie Ferris, who discusses her exhibition M\A\R\C\H at Mitchell-Innes & Nash in NYC, for which she covered herself in oil and pigment and lay on top of large sheets of paper.
It isn’t too often that you hear about paper in Cameroon. Here’s a news clip from the country about Henriette Njami, an artist who works with paper in a variety of ways. The news style is interesting too.


One last thank you. I am always delighted to read about your paper art and the stories that you send to me. 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 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!

Don’t forget to enter the raffle!



  1. Elizabeth says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday!

  2. Sherri Sinclair says:

    So nice to find you. Happy Birthday!

  3. Bea says:

    Happy birthday…

  4. Happy Birthday and thank you for sharing all these amazing stories.

  5. Diane says:

    I look forward to fun papery stuff every Sunday!

  6. Congratulations, Helen and Happy Birthday to The Sunday Paper. It is, hands down, the most interesting paper resource around.

  7. Thanks for all you do for papermaking and its appreciation.

  8. Nancy Akerly says:

    Thanks for the weekly inspiration! Happy Birthday to a Paper Giant!

  9. Leslie Stewart says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your love and expertise here.

  10. Carrie says:

    Happy Birthday, and Thank You for sharing the love of paper ….

  11. David Goboff says:

    I look forward to 3 things on Sunday mornings.
    1.) Getting your blog post in my email inbox.
    2.) Watching Sunday Morning on TV.
    3.) A video call with the grand kids (From Fl to MT!).
    Thanks for keeping my up to day with the world of paper.

  12. Diane says:

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for sharing all things paper!

  13. Patricia Velte says:

    Great article, as usual! And a happy birthday!

  14. Donna Bridy says:

    Helen, you are an inspiration! I look forward to all the articles you post and treasures you find. The projects you come up are unique and thoughtful. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

  15. Gill says:

    Happy Birthday!

  16. Pam says:

    Thanks for the Sunday Paper. I look forward to seeing it every week.

  17. Donna Mattison-Earls says:

    I enjoy your blog and the Sunday Paper is a treasure. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm.

  18. Emily says:

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for all the work that you do!

  19. Jody says:

    Happy Birthday!

  20. Melissa Caudle says:

    Always something interesting in the blog!

  21. Rebecca says:

    Happy Birthday! Here’s to more papermaking!

  22. Dale Harris says:

    Happy Birthday and Happy Trails! Love ❤️ the blog and your online workshop!

  23. Dana says:

    Have the happiest of birthdays! I love all the things you do.

  24. cj grossman says:

    Happy Birthday! I always look at that beautiful paper weaving project and think about learning how to make it! I have two of your books which are terrific.

  25. Wendy says:

    Happy Birthday ??? I love your blog and your calendar looks wonderful ?

  26. Cathy says:

    Happy Birthday and thanks so much for your informative posts.

  27. Tammy says:

    Happy birthday! Looking forward to the September retreat!

  28. Kathie McClendon says:


  29. Happy Birthday, Helen! I always enjoy the “finds” you share each week!

  30. Lynn says:

    Thanks, Helen, for sharing so many wonderful ideas year after year!

  31. Marie Buckley says:

    I enjoy your posts so much. Celebrate paper!

  32. Cath McC T says:

    Happy Birthday! Loads of inspiration.

  33. Gail Murray says:

    Happy Anniversary on this outpouring of paper knowledge.
    We are lucky too have you in our midst.
    Saw your talk at our BAG meeting in Santa Fe a couple of years ago.
    Gail Murray
    Santa Fe, NM

  34. Linda K says:

    Celebrate! You’ve accomplish so much, all while gracefully meeting family demands.
    Your Sunday news starts my week with that special artistic boost. Oh yes, and thanks for your shadow ornaments instruction, they make a perfect little “just-because” gift for friends throughout the year.
    Tucson, AZ

  35. Gloria H says:

    Congratulations! Just discovered your blog. What a wonderful giveaway.

  36. Dyan McClimon-Miller says:

    Congratulations & Happy Birthday! Thank you. Dyan McClimon-Miller

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