The Ultimate Paper Swatch Book!

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 many kinds of papers are there? What is the best way to categorize them (by color, by use) … I started thinking about the Pantone color swatch books used in the printing industry, and then I went through my flat files, cut small swatches of most of my papers and made this swatch book. Which got me thinking … perhaps I could make The Ultimate Paper Swatch Book!
And now, dear readers, I’ll ask for your help, because this swatch book will be soooo much more interesting if I have a broader selection of paper swatches. And I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of something bigger: for starters, I plan to photograph the swatch book for Playing with Paper. But heck, maybe we can even set a world record!
Will you send me your swatches? Here’s what I need:
Paper types: handmade, machine made, decorative, anything goes! Please label the swatches (on the back) with your name and as much as you know about the paper (name of paper, fiber content, etc.)
Size: 1-1/4″ x 6″ or larger (I’m happy to cut them to size)
Send to: Helen Hiebert Studio, 2012 N Emerson St, Portland, OR 97217
Thank you!!


  1. Elissa says:

    I keep paper samples in a binder with baseball card holders. I’ve had it for years and it’s one of my prized possessions!

  2. Molly Hunter says:

    Want samples please. Beautiful!