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to our newspaperie readers, When I was in high school there was one person in particular that I admired more than anyone else. She was tall, beautiful, wore fun clothes, and had an unforgettable name. I was intrigued by her for these reasons, and more. What I admired most about here was her handwriting. Yes, her handwriting. It was stylized in a very purposeful way and there was no mistaking it for someone else’s. I would look at my own writing and make attempts to modify it, secretly mimicking her style in my notebooks and trying to come up with my own unique letterforms. I was successful at times, but what an effort it took! After my hand became tired trying to keep up the act I would fall back to my own messy handwritingsomewhat illegible, a flow between cursive and printing and back again…I can’t imagine what a handwriting analyst would say about it. I didn’t really think much about my writing style again until I took a calligraphy class in college. I dutifully dipped my calligraphy nib into ink, attempted to hold my nib




holder at the proper angle, drew pencil lines on my tracing paper and practiced, practiced, practiced! I experimented with many traditional letterformsUncial, Caroline Minescule, Gothic, and Bookhand, to name a few. Once the class ended, so ended my attempts at calligraphy. The practice was too strict for my sensibilities, and I also realized that calligraphy really had nothing to do with handwriting and again I went back to my common hand. It was years later that I was finally introduced to a fountain pen. My love of writing reemerged with this new tool. It was practical and fun, with no dipping required. There were endless ink possibilities and nib sizes. Using a fountain pen helped me to stylize my everyday writing just enough to make it elegant without the effort of traditional calligraphy. Like most fountain pen enthusiasts, that first pen multiplied into a small arsenal of writing instruments. Today most kids in school are barely introduced to cursive writing. Many of

my adult friends trained in cursive throughout school have forgotten their writing skills. These days it’s all about how fast you can type or send a text. While in high school my friends and I constantly passed handwritten notes. I could recognize whom the note was from just by looking at how my name was written on the artfully folded piece of paper. The other bonus was the drawings and doodles that decorated the edges of the page. There’s a whole form of fun communication being lost to the text message where the only creativity comes in the form of choosing which emoticon to insert or create out of the punctuation on the keypad. It has its place, but in my opinion it lacks a sort of je ne se qua that only personal handwriting can provide. In issue 4 of the Newspaperie we are encouraging you to put pen to paper and WRITE! We hope something will inspire you to re-explore and expand your own personal writing style, write more letters, pass notes to your friends, and most importantly to have fun with writing again!


Call for submissions F REE!

PAPERIE CONTENTS 1&14 WRAP SHEET by featured artist Brad O’Sullivan DECORATIVE


our creative, fantastic readers

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events & 78 FREEinformal classes



“I LOVE Getting Letters”


-styling tips






selection, use, & facts 1


literature on typography INTERVIEW WITH 1 featured artist Brad O’Sullivan 3

Mia Semingson,

Publisher, editor, writer, photographer, designer

Casey Berry, Writer, social media director, hand model

Rachael Kelley, Layout & Graphic Designer

Gerald Trainor, Editor,


Create a boxed Ofrenda (Spanish for “offering”) and submit it to Two Hands Paperie between October 1st - October 25th. Ofrendas are a colorful part of the Mexican celebration, El Dia de los Muertos. These personalized, sacred alters incorporate photos, mementos, paper, or personal ephemera into their sacred spaces. Use new or old materials to create a self-contained boxed Ofrenda no larger than 11x14 inches and it must be able to sit on a shelf or hang on the wall.


Alix Christian Sofia O’Connell Carolyn Sweeney


You can also learn more about the history and culture of Ofrendas and Day of the Dead during Laura Lambrecht's FREE Visting Artist Event on October 10th, from 3-5pm. (see page 8 for more details.)



If you are interested in this Art Call but don't know where to begin, sign up for the Ofrenda class with Laura Lambrecht on Thursday, October 16th, from 6-8:30pm. Register for the class on our website at www.twohandspaperie.com or for some visual inspiration, visit the Two Hands Paperie Pinterest page. All artwork will be on display through November 7th. Laura Lambrecht, owner of Bella Frida

(www.bellafrida.com), will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. Winners will be posted on Facebook and Instagram on November 1st. Please contact the shop for more information.

SUBMISSIONS must be received at Two Hands by OCTOBER 25 at 5:30 pm

Interest ing Fact #1

The most popular U.S. postage stamp was a 1993 stamp of Elvis Presley. It sold over 120 million copies.

place stamp here

*Random Facts about letters and printing throughout these pages are from the book: The Utterly, Completely, and Totally Useless Fact-o-pedia. by Charlotte Lowe Harpercollins Publishers,2011



2014 CLASS

FALL SCHEDULE Tools & Materials Cancellations/Refunds Two Hands Paperie makes available the following tools for students to use during class: bone folders, self-healing cutting mats, awls, bookbinding needles, PVA glue, glue brushes, scissors, 12” rulers, right triangles, small palettes, embossing tools, and graphite pencils. However, feel free to bring your own if you have favorites you like to use. Most materials are provided as part of the class cost, but there may be some items you need to bring. Check the materials list online for the specific class you’re interested in. Be sure to purchase your materials before coming to class.


Unless otherwise noted, all classes are held at the store at 803 Pearl Street, Boulder.


All encaustic classes are held at the instructor’s studio in North Boulder: 4593 North Broadway, Suite C-105, Boulder, CO, 80304. There is a short lunch break. Please bring a sack lunch.

Collage & Encaustic

Encaustic – there are so many techniques! This class focuses specifically on collage. Collage with encaustic is collage with a twist. The design principles are the same, but the melted wax medium can transform paper and ephemera in unexpected and surprising ways. Papers become translucent. Colors change. Images are softened. Because of the almost imperceptible thickness of the medium, successive layers create a subtle but richer visual depth than that made by gluing layers of paper. Join Alix in her studio for this one day class to see how introducing a new medium into your kit of techniques can change your collage work. No previous encaustic experience is required. November 8, Saturday, 9-3pm Instructor: Alix Christian. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.alixchristian.com Cost: $155; includes materials, but bring favorite collage materials and a magazine or two.

Experimenting with Encaustic & Paper – a Book!

Encaustic typically requires a hard surface to support the layers of melted beeswax, but in this class you’ll study how it affects and changes the properties of paper. Some papers become translucent and almost disappear, leaving a wonderful “ghost” of texture. The color in other papers intensifies, becomes more vibrant, and glows with a faint luminescence. Alix will demonstrate encaustic techniques with paper, including drawing, scratching, collaging, perforating, layering, sanding, and stenciling. You’ll end the class by binding your experiments into a simple and very unusual book. No previous encaustic experience is required. This class is a really fun way to start working with encaustic. October 18, Saturday, 9-3pm Instructor: Alix Christian. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.alixchristian.com Cost: $155; includes all materials, but bring favorite collage items if you’d like.

Introduction to Encaustic

There’s nothing quite like working with encaustic, a medium made by mixing melted beeswax, resins, and coloring agents. The fragrance of the beeswax makes for an amazing sensory experience, and the medium is very malleable and forgiving. Also called hot wax painting, encaustic was used in ancient Egypt for portraits. It was rediscovered in the mid-twentieth century and has become a popular medium because of its unique properties and look. Join artist Alix Christian in her studio for this introductory, one day class to learn the basics. While working on wood panels, you’ll experiment with a variety of tools and techniques to create texture, modulate color, build up layers to create visual depth, carve lines and patterns, and add text and images. Give yourself permission to play while “painting” with wax and fire! Choose a date: September 26, Friday, 9-3pm OR November 14, Friday, 9-3pm Instructor: Alix Christian. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.alixchristian.com Cost: $155; includes all materials, but bring favorite collage items



Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant’s option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.

Waxing Warm for the Holidays – Encaustic Gifts NEW!

Escape from the dark, dreary mid-winter while creating small and unusual gifts. The fragrance and warmth of melted beeswax transports you to sunny, summer days, and the fun of making something with your own two hands to give during the holidays will definitely warm your heart. Alix will demonstrate some simple encaustic techniques and show you how to create small gifts such as cards, tags, and art pieces to hang or display. She’ll have a selection of holiday-themed papers and found objects for you to work with, but feel free to bring in your own. No previous encaustic experience is required. This is a great way to start working with a wonderful and very forgiving medium – and to put a dent in your gift list! December 12, Friday, 9-3pm Instructor: Alix Christian. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.alixchristian.com Cost: $155; includes materials, but see the materials list online.


PAPER ARTS Collage Play NEW!

Whether you’ve been doing collage forever or you’re just getting started, you’ll leave this class looking at it in a whole new way. Fran Meneley, who has years of experience combining images in brilliant ways, has an approach to the art of collage that’s both intuitive and well grounded in specific techniques. She’ll start the class with a few warm up exercises that provide an eye-opening example of how varied results can be, even when everyone is using the same materials. Just seeing each person’s natural approach is instructive and inspiring. Additional exercises are fast-paced and will keep you working from the right side of your brain. There’s no time for anything else! Strangely enough, working this way leads to more meaningful pieces. This is the perfect class to learn how to sort through your stash of papers – the cards, illustrations, other images, handwritten notes, theatre playbills, tickets to special events, even postcards – that you love but don’t know what to do with. Fran will help you see how to create something totally new and uniquely yours from these seemingly unrelated items. (This class is based on Fran’s Pieces of Our Lives.) October 18, Saturday, 11-4:30pm Instructor: Fran Meneley. Limit: 6 students. Blog: www.franmeneley.com Cost: $90; includes most materials, but see the materials list online.

Falling Leaves Lantern NEW!

The lengthening nights of fall, which somehow seem even darker than the nights of summer, have prompted cultures across the world to hold seasonal festivals featuring light – lots of it, and the more the better. Paula Slick, who loves bringing people together to celebrate the different seasons, has designed a glowing lantern of cascading leaves that artfully illuminates the dark shadows of winter. The papers, cast unusual patterns of light when the lantern is lit. Paula will show you how to cut the various leaf shapes and cut the various leaf shapes and how to attach them to the center core in a cascading shape. You’ll leave class with a ready-to-hang,glowing lantern. Paula invites you to join her for Lafayette’s Annual Lantern Walk on Friday, September 12 at 7pm, as part of a growing community that brings light to the dark of night! September 7, Sunday, 1-4pm Instructor: Paula Slick. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.artgardencolorado.com Cost: $65; includes most materials, but see the materials list online.

expedited mail service crossing the North American continent from April 1860 – October 1861, using horseback riders to courier deliveries. Mail traveled from the Atlantic to the Pacific Coast in about ten days. Each rider traveled about 75 miles and then handed the mail to the next rider.

Flip-Sided Story NEW!

Jill Berry, mixed media artist and author of Personal Geographies and Map Art Lab, is in love with maps. Her colorful and fun book uses a map theme to tell the story of a trip with two sides to it. Is there a vacation you took that went from bad to worse or the other way around? Here’s the perfect way to capture it, though you may have to dig deep to find the amusing side. The nature of the structure requires a funny retelling because anything that flips is never sad. In Jill’s example, each page lays out the successive missteps of the trip, building up to a humorous moral at the end. Not only are these the stories that need to be told, they’re often the best! November 1, Saturday, Noon-4pm Instructor: Jill Berry. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.jillberrydesign.com Cost: $95; includes most materials, but see the materials list online.

Kirigami Snowflakes

The word “kiru” means to cut, and “gami” means paper in Japanese... you can see where this is headed. In this class you’ll make intricately cut, delicate snowflakes with master paper cutter Anne Weatherley. Anne has developed her own methods, which allow anyone to make beautiful paper cuts by following a few simple steps and keeping some key design ideas in mind. There’s a particular technique she’s developed that creates a “flow” pattern – a beautifully curved and interlocking design. You’ll be amazed at what you can do with scissors and a piece of paper in a couple of hours. December 6, Saturday, 10:30-1pm Instructor: Anne Weatherley. Limit: 7 students. Cost: $50; includes all materials.

Light It Up! Carousel Book NEW!

Book artist Kristen Law Lewis has created a wonderfully sculptural book that opens to form several shadowbox sections with a surprise – they light up! This class is the perfect introduction to threedimensional book construction: how to lay out, cut, fold, and glue paper to create pop-up pages. The added bonus is learning how to augment the pages with LED lights and simple circuitry. Don’t worry! Lighting up your book is simply a matter of poking holes and sewing together small components using conductive thread. This new “sewable electronics” technology is locally designed and manufactured by Boulder-based SparkFun Electronics. We couldn’t be more excited to offer this crossover class that combines paper crafts and DIY electronics. Kristen is part of our Visiting Artist program. Come meet her and learn more about her work at a free event on October 3, Friday, from 2-5pm. October 11, Saturday, 12:30-4:30pm Instructor: Kristen Law Lewis. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.papercutspress.com Cost: $90; includes most materials, but see the materials list online.

Medieval Leather Journal

The leather cover of this journal is inviting. Its texture and rough, irregular front edge recall a time when books were sturdy and meant for heavy use. You’ll love the feel of it in your hands as you unwrap the thin linen tie to reveal the pages inside. This journal is bound with the German long stitch, which is an historical non-adhesive binding that lies flat and travels well. Many of the most popular journals sold at Two Hands Paperie use this binding. Book artist Jeff Becker will show you how to tear down paper from large sheets, how to assemble signatures, and how to sew the signatures into the leather cover. For extra touches that add to the book’s character, you’ll also add endpapers and an attached book mark. Once your new journal is bound, enjoy embellishing the closure with buttons and large beads to personalize it. September 28, Sunday, 12:30-4:30pm Instructor: Jeff Becker. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.fatcactusstudios.com Cost: $95; includes most materials, but see the materials list online.

Moravian Star NEW!

The Moravian Star is a multi-pointed, three-dimensional form with a rich history. It originated in Germany in the early 1800s as a classroom project to help teach geometry to young boys. The number of points can range from 6 to over a hundred! (For you geeks out there, the star’s symmetrical shape is a polyhedron. The most commonly seen 26-point form of the star is a rhombicuboctahedron.) In this class, you’ll make a 16-pointed version that’s woven and folded from 4 strips of paper. The finished star can be used as a hanging decoration or to embellish a package or Pajaki. The Moravian Star is a complex design, but totally doable with step-by-step guidance from paper artist Melinda Canino and the detailed instructions. She has a few tricks that simplify the process. December 7, Sunday, 1-3pm Instructor: Melinda Canino. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.melindacanino.com Cost: $45; includes most materials, but see the materials list online.



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Party Crackers – with Snap! NEW!

Add a bang and some merriment to your holiday festivities! The project for this class is based on traditional English Crackers, which are simple cardboard tubes decorated with colorful paper and filled with small trinkets (traditionally sweets, a party hat, and a small motto or really awful joke). The secret to their fun is a loud “snap!” that the Crackers make when pulled open. They were invented by London confectioner Tom Smith in the mid-1800s as a novel way to package his candies, and they became wildly popular. By the end of the century his company was producing thirteen million Crackers annually for all kinds of parties and events. That’s a lot of merriment! Depending on how fancy you want your Party Cracker to look and how quickly you work, you’ll make four crackers, as well as a traditional, silly little hat to include in each. We’ll provide a selection of candies and small goodies (plus the terrible jokes!) for the Crackers, but feel free to bring your own. December 6, Saturday, 2-5pm Instructor: Mia Semingson. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.twohandspaperie.com Cost: $65; includes most materials, but see the materials list online.

Pocketed Memo Book NEW!

Once you’ve made one, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without these self-closing, little memo books with pockets. The beauty of the design (by prominent book artist Hedi Kyle) is that it’s made by folding only a single sheet of paper to create the cover and form a snug little closure. The two internal pockets are particularly useful for holding all those little receipts and cards you pick up while around and about. Book and lettering artist Melinda Canino will show you the simple folds required to create the cover and pockets, plus how to attach a small signature of blank pages for taking notes. You’ll make two books in class: a medium-sized one and a smaller version that can easily be carried in a purse. Because of the wide choice of decorated papers that will work, these little books make great personalized gifts... after you make a couple for yourself, of course! September 13, Saturday, 10:30-Noon Instructor: Melinda Canino. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.melindacanino.com Cost: $45; includes all materials. Sewing On Tape – Decorative

Star Stitch NEW!

It’s hard to believe that such a beautiful and modern-looking stitch for bookbinding was never meant to be seen. Sewn binding techniques began to be used after the eighth century to provide necessary structural support as books became larger and heavier, but the stitches were hidden from view beneath the spine. The strongest of these bindings are done on strips of linen, or tapes, so they’re a great technique to add to your repertoire. Modernized variations in the stitches add interest and beauty when a book’s spine is left exposed. This class features the star stitch, which is prettier and offers more decorative possibilities than the better known Coptic binding. Though a book bound either way will lie flat when open (perfect for journaling and drawing), the star stitch is less likely to fray with heavy use. It’s a straightforward pattern to learn from the pre-printed template that book artist Kristen Law Lewis supplies. After a bit of practice sewing, you’ll apply your new skill to creating an exposed spine book from start to finish. Kristen is part of our Visiting Artist program. Come meet her and learn more about her work at a free event on October 3, Friday, from 2-5pm. September 20, Saturday, 10:30-4:30pm Instructor: Kristen Law Lewis. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.papercutspress.com Cost: $115; includes most materials, but see the materials list online.


Beginning Letterpress NEW!

We love, love, love letterpress! This style of printing creates a crisp, textural impression in the paper, which has a unique look and feel that appeals to the senses in a way other printing methods don’t. We feel there’s no better way to learn this nostalgic method of printing than on a 2500 pound, hundred-year-old press. Think of the stories it could tell! Carolyn Sweeney, owner of Black Dog Press, delights in using it to teach others the art of letterpress. So that you can create your own layout with words and small ornaments, she’ll show you how to set type by hand using old-fashioned metal type and photopolymer plates. She’ll also teach you how to “makeready” the press by adjusting and leveling the plates for a clear impression. You’ll leave class with a basic understanding of letterpress printing, and with 20 personalized note cards that you’ve designed and printed yourself! The class is held at the instructor’s studio in North Boulder. The location address will be emailed to you upon registration. There is a short lunch break. Please bring a sack lunch. Choose a date: October 25, Saturday, 10-2:30pm OR November 7, Friday, 10-2:30pm Instructor: Carolyn Sweeney. Limit: 4 students. Web site: www.blackdogpressonline.com Cost: $110; includes materials, but see the materials list online.



2014 fall class schedule 2014 fall clas Drawing & Printing Continued... Carving Stamps – the Artful Use of Simple Shapes

We love the Yellow Owl rubber stamps we carry in the store, not least because they are wonderfully simple shapes that can be combined to create different designs. Enjoy the fun of carving your own! You’ll learn the basic techniques for carving stamps in this class, but the focus will be more on how to play with simple organic shapes and colors in artful ways. Tiffany Leirer, a Two Hands Paperie veteran, will show you how to analyze the components of a design, breaking it down into multiple shapes that can then be recombined to create even more designs. Who knew that a simple oval could turn into a cactus or a sunflower or even Zen rocks? She’ll show you how to transfer designs onto a rubber block for carving. She’ll also cover the use of positive and negative space, the power of repetition and ghost images,the beauty of using a simple color palette, and what happens when you stamp on different surfaces. You’ll leave class with multiple stamps, lots of ideas for using them artfully, and a new way of looking at shapes. October 19, Sunday, 1-4pm Instructor: Tiffany Leirer. Limit: 6 students. Cost: $75; includes all materials.

Less is More – Using White Space NEW!

We love journal pages and collage pieces that are brimming with images, patterns, words, and a full paint box of color. But we also adore minimal designs that use a lot of white space. White space, more properly termed negative space, is defined simply as that portion of the page left unmarked; it’s the absence of text and graphics. Artfully used, white space is an important design element that provides visual breathing room for the eye and focuses the viewer’s attention on certain content. A minimal design, however, doesn’t automatically translate to one that is interesting and meaningful. Join graphic design artist Alix Christian as she demonstrates compositional tricks – with grids, gutters, borders, color, and margins – that use white space effectively. Learn how to say even more with less! October 26, Sunday, Noon-4pm Instructor: Alix Christian. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.alixchristian.com Cost: $80; includes materials, but see the materials list online.

Letting Type Talk – Playing with Letters NEW!

Step into the wonderful world of modern calligraphy! These newer styles of hand lettering have the grace of more traditional forms but are bit “funky” and easier to learn. In this introductory class, Alix starts with the basics. She’ll provide templates and break down the structure of a letterform to give you a good foundation for getting creative on your own. She’ll also show you how to work with a dip pen and a pointed nib. There’s really nothing quite like using a pointed pen and ink directly from a bottle to create wonderful variations in the tonal quality of your script. After some practice on different styles in class, you’ll play with using script and letters as design elements. The objective? To inspire you to be creative with your own writing! September 21, Sunday, Noon-4pm Instructor: Alix Christian. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.alixchristian.com Cost: $80; includes materials, but see the materials list online.

Tangled Illuminated Letter NEW!

The designs used in this new Zentangle® class are reminiscent of illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages. Surviving works are characterized by highly decorated initials, elaborate borders, and miniature illustrations embellished with gold. The term “illustrated manuscript” is now applied, however, to any work decorated in similar fashion whether or not gold is used. For this class, you’ll tangle in or around the outline of an elaborate initial capital to create an unusually beautiful Zentangle® that’s perfect for framing. Use your own initial or a friend’s to create a special gift. If you like,you’ll have an opportunity to add color to your letter with watercolors. Annie’s technique is definitely easier than working with pots of ink, gold leaf, and a sharpened quill feather! This class is for those who have already been introduced to the Zentangle® method. September 14, Sunday, 12:30-3:30pm Instructor: Annie Reiser. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.botangle.net Cost: $55; includes all materials.

Tangled Leaves NEW!

Zentangle® is a fun way to create pen and ink designs, even for those with no previous drawing experience. If you can draw a straight line and a curved line, you have all the skills required! The designs look complicated but are easy when taken one stroke at a time. For this class, Certified Zentangle® instructor Annie Reiser has combined leaf shapes with Zentangle® patterns to celebrate the season. Bring your favorite leaf, or a few, to trace as the base for your design. Annie will provide 5x5 inch paper tiles already prepared with a background of beautiful fall colors. This class is for both beginners and those already familiar with the Zentangle® method of drawing. October 5, Sunday, 12:30-3:30pm (Zentangle cont.) Instructor: Annie Reiser. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.botangle.net (Tangled Leaved cont.) Cost: $50; includes all materials, but bring a your favorite fall leaves, no larger than 5x5 inches.


Have you ever had a photo or collage that you wanted to turn into a painting? Join journaling artist Fran Meneley to learn some simple transfer and watercolor techniques that will add another layer of imagery to your journal. These techniques are an easy and fun way of reproducing a piece of art that you love, subtly transforming it while staying true to the original. The techniques are also a way to take a stock image and make it truly your own. Fran will provide watercolors for painting the transfer as well as plenty of pictures to play with, or use your own (no larger than 8-1/2” x 11”). If you want to work with your personal image, bring a copy of the original since you’ll be marking on it. September 6, Saturday, 1-4pm Instructor: Fran Meneley. Limit: 6 students. Blog: www.franmeneley.com Cost: $65; includes most materials, but see the materials list online.

Woodcut PrintmakingAn Introductory Workshop

Learn how to create an original print using the oldest known method – woodcut printmaking. Artist Theresa Haberkorn will show you how to properly carve, ink, and print a wood block by hand. No presses are needed! This class is the perfect introduction to the basics of relief printmaking. The woodcut prints that Theresa herself creates are simply stunning. To see examples, go to her web site www.theresahaberkorn.com. While there, click “Printing Process” to watch a time lapse video. It shows Theresa creating a four-foot piece in two hours at a fund raising event for the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Astonishing! November 9, Sunday, Noon-4pm Instructor: Theresa Haberkorn. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.theresahaberkorn.com Cost: $95; includes tools to take home and most materials, but see the materials list online.

Fact #3The Gutenberg Bible g n i t s e was the first book printed using Inter

movable type, completed between 1450 and 1455. A total of 200 copies were scheduled for print on cotton linen paper and 30 copies on vellum animal skin. Though we aren’t sure exactly how many copies were actually printed, today only 22 copies are known to exist.

VISUAL JOURNALING Capture the Wow! – Creative Journaling

You’ve seen those journals – the ones bursting with color, drawings, and doodles. You want that color and play in your life but you think, “I can’t do that.” Journal keeper and creativity coach Cynthia Morris insists that anyone can keep a fun and dynamic illustrated journal. Join Cynthia for “Capture the Wow!”, a unique creativity workshop. You’ll gain permission (from yourself!) to be messy and playful while journaling, and you’ll discover how keeping an illustrated journal can add to your life. Best of all, you’ll have fun with a small tribe of other creative people. You’ll leave with a new journal well on its way to becoming your creative companion. There’s no experience or artistic skill required. Just show up with curiosity, a sense of fun, and a willingness to play! October 4, Saturday, 1-5pm Instructor: Cynthia Morris. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.capturethewow.net Cost: $80; includes most materials, but see the materials list online.

Personal Geographies

Humans have been making maps for thousands of years. It’s an urge some of us can’t resist. Jill Berry, mixed media artist and author of Personal Geographies and Map Art Lab, uses historical maps for inspiration and has created literally hundreds of maps. Her explorations, however, are of life experiences rather than physical places. These “maps” of the imagination can record journeys of the past, imagined journeys of the future, or even mythological places. The act of creating personalized maps can help us explore our hopes and dreams as well as process life experiences in a different and often revealing way. Jill will show you how to use collage, simple illustrations, journaling, paint, paper, and other mixed media tools and techniques to create your own map. Along the way, she’ll discuss historical and temporary treatments of maps and mapmaking. October 12, Sunday, Noon-4pm Instructor: Jill Berry. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.jillberrydesign.com Cost: $85; includes most materials, but see the materials list online.



ss schedule 2014 fall class schedule 20 ing Fact #4 nI terest During the Apollo 11 moon

flights in 1969 the astronauts had a die of a postage stamp, which they pulled an impression of when they touched down on the moon. Once the die was returned to earth, it was used to produce the 10-cent airmail stamp issued in September of 1969. Truly a stamp that was out of this world.


House of Gratitude NEW!

Join mixed media and journaling artist Deedee Hampton for a thoughtful workshop that’s both a lot of fun and full of interesting techniques. The project is making a House of Gratitude – a three dimensional piece designed to hold a small, accordion style journal to record the things for which you’re grateful. Numerous studies have demonstrated the health benefits of keeping a gratitude journal, and Deedee’s design is a unique way to recognize and honor the positive things in life. To create your own House of Gratitude, you’ll collage beautiful papers on a pre-made house form. Deedee will then show you how to make and emboss the metal “door” that also acts as a cover for the journal inside. Some glitter and a small charm embedded in resin add even more interest and beauty to the door. To start you thinking about gratitude in a deeper way, Deedee will provide prompts to help you recognize and give voice to the gifts life offers you. Deedee is part of our Visiting Artist program. Come meet her and learn more about her work at a free event on September 12, Friday, from 2-5pm. September 27, Saturday, 10:30-4:30pm Instructor: Deedee Hampton. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.deedeehampton.com Cost: $115; includes most materials, but see the materials list online.

Ofrenda – Dia de los Muertos NEW!

Dia de los Muertos is an annual, high-spirited Mexican holiday that literally explodes with color! It celebrates the annual return of the spirits of the departed, and is a time for food, drink, lively music, parties, and activities the spirits enjoyed in life. Decorating ofrendas, small personal altars,with colorful flowers and mementos is a key part of the celebration. We’re delighted that Laura Lambrecht is teaching an ofrenda class at Two Hands Paperie. Laura owns Bella Frida, a store in historic downtown Louisville that is full of hand-embroidered clothing and Folk Art de Mexico – including, of course, unique items for Dia de los Muertos! To provide inspiration for creating your own ofrenda, she’ll explain the history and symbolism behind the holiday’s traditions. Your ofrenda might be to honor a loved one, or it might be something more playful in the spirit of the holiday’s colorful sugar skulls and festive calaveras (whimsical skeleton figures). We’d love to include your completed ofrenda, on a temporary loan basis, in the store’s Dia de los Muertos display. Laura is part of our Visiting Artist program. Come meet her and learn more about her work at a free event on October 10, Friday, from 2-5pm. October 16, Thursday, 6-8:30pm Instructor: Laura Lambrecht. Limit: 12 students. Web site: www.bellafrida.com Cost: $45; includes most materials, but see the materials list online.

Pajaki – Paper Chandelier NEW!

Everyone is immediately attracted to the Pajakis hanging everywhere in the store. Symbolizing a wish for health and happiness, these decorative paper chandeliers originated in an area of Poland famous for its riotously colorful paper crafts. Contemporary versions of this charming folk art are simple and fun to make. Mia Semingson, coowner of Two Hands Paperie and a great lover of Pajakis, will show you how to build the airy, web-like frame from wooden hoops, cotton twine, small colorful balls, and specialty paper straws. But the really fun part, and the majority of the class, will be spent decorating the frame with flowers, pompoms, decorative shapes, and just about anything you can imagine. You’ll learn how simple it is to make crepe paper tassels and beautiful flowers from scraps of paper. Anything goes! Choose a date: October 25, Saturday, 10:30-4:30pm OR September 26, Friday, 10:30-4:30pm Instructor: Mia Semingson. Limit: 4 students. Web site: www.twohandspaperie.com Cost: $125; includes most materials, but see the materials list online.

Playing with Image Transfers – Creative Imagery for Art NEW!

Courtney Cerruti, author of Playing with Image Transfers, has tried, tested, and experimented with every method out there. After fifteen years, she’s settled into a set of techniques that work both beautifully and consistently. Join her to experiment and discover just how versatile image transfers are. They can be simple and immediate (some techniques take less than 5 minutes), or else layered and complex. Certain types result in a more distressed, vintage look. Others mimic old fashioned Polaroid photos. Courtney will show you which method to use to achieve a particular effect, which mediums

consistently create beautiful results, and how the surface you choose affects the image. The class is all about learning techniques that will help you get even more creative with your own art. Courtney is part of our Visiting Artist program. Come meet her and learn more about her work at a free event on November 14, Friday, from 2-5pm. November 15, Saturday, 10:30-4:30pm Instructor: Courtney Cerruti. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.courtneycerruti.com Cost: 125; includes most materials, but see the materials list online.

Stitched Woodland Whimsies NEW!

It’s amazing what you can do with a rubber stamp and paint on fabric. Add a bit of thread plus a few beads and the project is even more wonderful! Artist Emily Clark’s whimsical, three dimensional creations are loosely inspired by the rustic Japanese birds and animals that we’ve sold at Two Hands Paperie. The Japanese forms are stamped from carved wooden blocks and are traditionally stuffed with rice hulls. For this class, you’ll use one of Emily’s hand-carved rubber stamps – a bird, bunny, or mushroom – to print a double-sided image on finely woven,natural cloth. She’ll show you how to embellish the image with a few simple embroidery stitches and beads. (Add even more whimsy with a secret embellishment on back!) The final step will be stuffing your form with rice hulls and standing it up on a fabric base. No prior sewing or embroidery experience is necessary. November 8, Saturday, 1-5pm Instructor: Emily Clark. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.teawithlola.com Cost: $80; includes most materials, but see the materials list online.

Talisman Necklace- An Introduction to Metalsmithing NEW!

Talisman: an object, often jewelry, that’s inscribed with symbols or words and is thought to keep the owner safe. In this class, taught by Boulder metalsmith Shannon Sunderland, you’ll make a simple but stylish necklace with a silver charm and ribbon to serve as a personal talisman. Her design is inspired by the Latin word affirmare, meaning “to make steady, to strengthen.” She’ll give an overview of her own work, describing how she finds magic in everyday events and how she channels these inspirations into her art. As the first step in making your necklace, she’ll guide you through the fun process of choosing a personal affirmation. You’ll work with various metalsmithing techniques to transfer the word or phrase onto the silver charm provided and to finish off your piece. The techniques include stamping, hammering, creating a patina, polishing, and wire wrapping – all that the beginning metalsmith could hope for! No prior experience necessary. Shannon is part of our Visiting Artist program. Come meet her and learn more about her work at a free event on September 5, Friday, from 2-5pm. September 13, Saturday, 1-4pm Instructor: Shannon Sunderland. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.shannonsunderland.wordpress.com Cost: $80; includes most materials, but see the materials list online.

Tiny Tins

Make a statement with style and humor! This tiny tin box is your canvas. It only takes paint, a few found objects, and bits of ephemera to create a little treasure or special memento. The decorated tins also make unique greeting “cards” for special occasions. Carolyn Sweeney, a Two Hands Paperie veteran, will get you started with a prepared and primed tin so that you can concentrate on the fun of painting and layering objects in this introduction to assemblage art. Carolyn will provide a brief history of assemblage and explain how it’s different from collage. She’ll also give you instructions on priming the tins so that you can prepare more on your own at home. Start building your own stockpile of tiny tins and repurpose them in a fun way! The class is held at the instructor’s studio in North Boulder. There is a short lunch break. Please bring a sack lunch. November 2, Sunday, 1-4pm Instructor: Carolyn Sweeney. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.blackdogpressonline.com Cost: $60; includes most materials, but see the materials list online.

Wild Fun with Washi! NEW!

Yay! A class all about creative ways to use washi, that beautiful paper tape from Japan. Everyone falls in love with its slightly transparent colors and the wide variety of designs. Courtney Cerruti, maker extraordinaire, has just published Washi Tape: 101+ Ideas for Paper Crafts, Book Arts, Fashion, Decorating, Entertaining, and Party Fun! She’ll show you how to tear, cut, layer, punch, and design patterns with the tape, and even how to make your own patterned tape sheet. You’ll learn a variety of techniques for creating practically instant art. Courtney calls washi “the perfect ad hoc design element for everyday use”. After taking this class, you’ll be hard pressed to find something you can’t use washi for. Come join in the wild fun! Courtney is part of our Visiting Artist program. Come meet her and learn more about her work at a free event on November 14, Friday, from 2-5pm. November 16, Sunday, 1-4pm Instructor: Courtney Cerruti. Limit: 6 students. Web site: www.courtneycerruti.com Cost: $75; includes most materials, but see the materials list online.

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Letting Watercolor Do What Watercolor Does

Part instruction, part exploration, in this workshop you will discover the practicalities of watercolor painting in your visual journal. Using watercolor with a variety of papers, pens and inks, see how color changes as you layer other colors. Sep 19, Friday, 2-4pm Instructor: Alix Christian. Limit: 7 students. Web site: www.alixchristian.com Cost: $25; includes all materials, but bring your favorite journal to work in too.

As the Color Wheel Spins

Color, color mixing, and color theory- it’s all about color! In this workshop you’ll take a look at how a color changes and pops when it is next to and around other colors while exploring the reasons why. You’ll have fun creating your own color wheel and figure out what color says in the mean time. Oct 17, Friday, 2-4pm Instructor: Alix Christian. Limit: 7 students. Web site: www.alixchristian.com Cost: $25; includes all materials, but bring your favorite journal to work in too.

Encaustic Collage

Using small squares of birch plywood you will create a collage from decorative paper scraps, bits of ephemera and photocopied artwork. Once the collage is complete you will coat it in a thin layer of encaustic medium (melted beeswax and tree resin). This class is a perfect introduction to working with this hot wax technique while learning about its rich history. Choose a time: Oct 24, Friday, 2-3:30 OR 4-5:30 Instructor: THP Staff. Limit: 7 students. Cost: $25; includes all materials.

Vintage Wall Chart

Two Hands Paperie has so many decorative papers made by Cavellini & Co.- a paper company specializing in the reproduction of vintage images. They are some of the most popular papers we sell. Selecting a pattern of your choice (this will be the difficult part) you will create a way to display the paper to resemble a vintage wall chart by attaching it to wooden dowels and hanging it with decorative ribbon. This class provides you with simple tools and techniques to create a great gift or piece of artwork to adorn your own wall.


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Composition & How the Eye Moves By seeing and understanding compositional layout you can create an environment within your journal that moves the eye around the page. You can intentionally create tension or fluidity. We’ll take a couple of hours to play with the theories. Nov 21, Friday, 2-4pm Instructor: Alix Christian. Limit: 7 students. Web site: www.alixchristian.com Cost: $25; includes all materials, but bring your favorite journal to work in too.

Star Book Ornament

This small folded “book” is full of fun! It pops open into a star. It springs out into a chain. It looks far more complicated than it is, and offers tremendous creative possibilities for personalizing it with text, poetry, photographs, and collage. Only about two inches square, these little books make delightful gifts for all celebrations. They can also be hung in a window or on a tree as a unique ornament. Choose a time: Dec 5, Friday, 2-3:30pm OR 4-5:30pm Instructor: THP Staff. Limit: 7 students. Cost: $25; includes all materials.

Choose a time: Nov 7, Friday, 2-3:30pm OR 4-5:30pm Instructor: THP Staff. Limit: 6 students. Cost: $25; includes all materials.

creative events


Creative Playdate

Need to set aside some time to work on your own creative project? Come to Two Hands Paperie the first Wednesday of the month to get some work done while you hang out with other creative types such as yourself. Bring a project, a question, or an idea to work on along with your own materials and tools. Take advantage of the inspiration that working in the Paper Room at Two Hands Paperie will offer you. The first Wednesday of the month, 6-8pm, Sep 3, Oct 1, Nov 5 Contact the store to RSVP and reserve your spot. Cost: FREE!



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Learn to construct 3-dimensional shapes using tem paper. These faceted baubles can rest alone or be str garland. With your help we hope to make a heap of in the upcoming holiday window display at Two Han Attend this event to lend a hand while making merr something new. At the end of the evening you will k these gems together and embellish them and tleave make them at home. Come December all will see th Street… Two Hands Paperie! Oct 23, Thursday, 6-8:30 Contact the store to RSVP and reserve your spot. Cost: FREE!





It all started with a love of Mexican textiles. During family vacations in Mexico, Laura Lambrecht was drawn to the country, its people, and the art. One of her favorite holidays is Dia de Los Muertos, and it’s hard to imagine another non-native who knows as much about this riotously colorful holiday. Last October, she created a Frida and Diego exhibit for the Longmont Museum’s Dia de Los Muertos celebration. Included in it were ofrendas (small personal altars) created by her students. Laura opened her store, Bella Frida-Clothing and Folk Art de Mexico, to highlight the talents of indigenous artists still keeping alive traditional textile arts. Located in historic Louisville, the store celebrates Mexican culture with dance performances, Spanish classes, textile lectures, Frida Kahlo costume contests, and other special events. Come learn more about Mexican folk art and admire the unique Dia de Los Muertos items that Laura is bringing to Two Hands Paperie! Laura may also inspire you to submit a personal Ofrenda to our Ofrenda Exhibition at Two Hands Paperie. See Page 2 in the Newpaperie for details!

Take a Mixed Media class with Laura Lambrecht Ofrenda – Dia de los Muertos - Oct 16, Thursday, 6-8:30pm

Affirmations in metal

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Shannon Sunderland likes to say things in metal! She’s a Boulder-based artist who’s passionate about sharing her love of metalsmithing. She particularly enjoys helping others create affirmations that can be stamped on small metal blanks and used for jewelry. Affirmations have the power to protect and strengthen, and the constant movement of the charms provides a subconscious, reinforcing message that empowers the wearer. Artistically, Shannon is drawn to the “old soul” in things that are rough-hewn and worn, and is inspired by the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. Loosely translated, wabi-sabi refers to the beauty found in the imperfect and impermanent. Visit with Shannon and learn how much fun it is, and how simple, to create meaning with metal.

Kristen Law Lewis was bitten hard by the book bug during the last semester of her undergrad studies in Studio Art at CU Boulder. One of her favorite things about book making is that the definition of “book” is so broad. Ever since that first CU class, she’s been experimenting with unusual structures and materials. Can you imagine using a paper wasp nest in a book? Kristen could! Using a rainbow of threads, she carefully stitched the nest to form the cover of a book for the 2011 Eccentric Artists Garden Exhibit in Boulder. Her most recent experiment has been with sewable electronics. In her words, “Book making is the perfect combination of craft and technology”. Come chat with her to see how simple it is to add light to your art!

Take a Book Arts class with Kristen Law Lewis! Sewing On Tape – Decorative Star Stitch- Sep 20, Saturday, 10:30-4:30pm OR Light It Up! – Carousel Book- Oct 11, Saturday, 12:30-4:30pm

IMAGE TRANSfers & washi wit h Courtney Cerruti Courtney Cerruti, maker extraordinaire, is visiting us from California for a crazy fun weekend of art making. For her, anything is fair game when it comes to art. She saves everything, makes everything, and is addicted to the old and worn. When not making things with a cup of tea close at hand, she can be found out and about scavenging for treasures. Sounds like a perfect day to us! Courtney works for Creativebug.com, which offers video arts and crafts workshops online, and has designed windows with a funky twist for Anthropologie. She studied painting at UC Santa Cruz and the University of Bordeaux in France, where she had her first exhibition and hosted many book making parties. Courtney is the author of Playing with Image Transfers and Washi Tape, pick-up a signed copy when you stop-in to meet her. Courtney is an avid instagrammer at @ccerruti. Spend the afternoon with her and enjoy seeing how the most mundane objects can be transformed with a bit of imagination.

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We couldn’t let Courtney Cerruti’s visit to Two Hands Paperie go by without asking her if she would work with us on a community art project. Since she’s designed windows for Anthropologie (always imaginative and funky!), it seemed only natural that we should do something similar. Join us for a fun evening of art making as Courtney demonstrates a whimsical paper craft for you to make as part of a community window at the front of the store. All materials (and snacks!) will be provided. This is a chance to enjoy time with a creative group of people while practicing a new paper craft. (Watch a video about Courtney’s art making at creativebug. com/instructors/courtney-cerruti-5) and check out her photos on Instagram @ccerruti. November 17, Monday, from 6-8:30pm Please register online. Cost: $20.00

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Community Art Making with Courtney Cerruti

Take a Mixed Media class with Deedee Hampton! House of Gratitude- Sep 27, Saturday, 10:30-4:30pm

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Deedee Hampton’s house, which she helped build with her own hands, is chockablock with her art. It’s obvious that each piece has a story to tell, but there’s no strict narrative in what the viewer sees. Instead, Deedee makes rich use of symbolism so that the viewer can find layers and layers of enchantment with each viewing. All of her artwork, whether paintings, reliquaries, shrines, or assemblage, explores a rich inner landscape that, if we have the courage to take the same journey, can help us find balance and our own center. During her journey, Deedee realized “that being me and not trying to be someone I am not would bring me and those around me way more joy and contentment and respect. ‘Being me’ is my compass.” Join Deedee to see examples of her art and to talk about the rich rewards of embarking on this inner journey.




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Take a class with Courtney while she’s in town! Playing with Image Transfers- Nov 15, Saturday, 10:30-4:30pm OR Wild Fun with Washi!- Nov 16, Sunday, 1-4pm OR Community Art Making- Nov 17, Monday, 6-8:30pm



Getting LOVE Letters

Those old-fashioned, pen to paper notes are forever a welcome surprise in the mail. Opening my box, I spot one! Who’s it from? My eyes dart to the upper left corner. Maybe I can’t wait to tear it open and quickly read it. Did she finally ask him out?! Are they coming to visit? Did he get the job? Other days, I carefully slip it into my bag and go off in search of a comfortable seat and cup of tea before opening it. Maybe this particular pen pal has a way with description- these letters require sitting down. I am right there with her while she sits in the grass at the park listening to the woodpeckers overhead or gets a wink from a daring young guy as she writes to me in a café. Letters are material and you can touch them with your fingers as your eyes move over another person's unique handwriting, an experience you can't get from an e-mail. From an e-mail, you cannot see where one has rested their pen in thought and the ink has bled through to the other side of the paper, you cannot see their drawings in the side margin, nor can you see the way they sign their own name. The letter that arrives in your mailbox has

Letters are material and you can touch them with your fingers as your eyes move over another person's unique handwriting..

by Sofia O’Connell traveled far beyond the keypad and the send icon. It has traveled from the very hands of the person who wrote it. As I read my letters, there is no distance between my friend and me. Through their own handwriting, I can hear their voice and see their face and this is the very reason they are treasures to me and why over the years, I have collected every one of them. Letter writing began for me as a kid. Whether it was best friends moving away, end of summer camp friends going back home or sending a letter to a town away, I was there scribbling updates, licking stamps and loitering by the mailbox. I ate up those movie scenes with the actress reading her letter then looking up and firmly pressing the beloved sheet of paper against her chest. I hoped to get one of those letters or even more fun, write one. I even enjoyed the scenes with the character unsatisfied with the way they began, when each piece of paper was crumpled up and thrown across the room to a small pile in and around the waste basket. “Dear Violet, I was thinking…” “Crumplecrunch.” “Dear Violet, it came to my attention…” “Crunch-scrunch.”

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WRITE WHEN YOU ARE FEELING OPTIMISTIC. WRITE LETTERS RIGHT OFF IN THE MORNING. Go to a café or find a sunny place in the house. Drink your favorite morning beverage. DON’T KNOW HOW TO BEGIN? START BY DESCRIBING what’s going on around you. WRITE THE WAY YOU SPEAK AND GIVE YOUR LETTER SOME SOUL. Nothing is better than getting a letter from a friend and being able to clearly hear their voice and see their face as you read. IF YOU ARE RESPONDING TO A LETTER, ALWAYS BE SURE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS they had for you. Re-read the letter before responding so you have that person in mind. ALWAYS KEEP STAMPS ON HAND and have paper, envelopes and pencils/pens that you are comfortable using around.

“Dear Violet,…” “Crush-crumple.” The most important reason for writing letters has been to stay in touch with those special to me. Even though we live in different places, we are part of each others' lives through the news that we share and it is comforting to know there is a network or web of connection and support. Another benefit to writing letters is that, like journaling, we are taking time to put down on paper our essential selves; we are periodically defining what is important in our lives, what we are experiencing and how we are responding to it, what we are looking forward to, and what our goals are for the future. One could write a letter to any thing or any person passed, living, unborn, or fictional. You can write one to yourself in the past, present or future. The possibilities are really endless as are the approaches to writing letters. We all have our own styles of being social but we do share the need to be connected to one another. Write to whoever came to mind as you read this article, make their day and soon you will find a special letter in the mailbox.



Sofia has had a love for writing and paper for as long as she can remember. Since she was a girl, Sofia has collected and kept every letter she has received. She feels that they represent a big part of her history and she will continue to write them and collect them. She says, "As long as you can keep them straight, you can never have too many pen pals."


your envelope or card, parallel to the longest edge. Easy to read: Print or type clearly with a pen or permanent marker so the address is legible from an arm’s length away. Avoid commas, periods, or other punctuation— it helps your mail piece speed through the processing equipment.

Placement: The address, return address, and postage should all be on the same side of the envelope. (If it’s improperly addressed, it might get returned to you.) Return Address: Print or type your address in the upperleft corner on the front of the envelope. Postage: Use a stamp or printed postage in the correct amount.




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Here are some suggestions for making envelope addressing and creation more interesting:

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GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR ENVELOPE MATERIALS. I love using old wall calendars or magazine pages to make my own envelopes. Take apart an actual envelope to create a template or purchase a a premade envelope template. Use a glue stick or washi tape to put it all together. You can also use plastic, resealable sleeves (like the ones greeting cards come in) as a clear envelope to protect and reveal some of the letter’s contents.

DOODLE, DRAW, SKETCH! This is a way to personalize your envelope even further. Draw a fun border around the address, a silly portrait of the person you are sending it to, add unicorns and kitties and unikitties because people love those…it doesn’t really matter what it is, just be playful. If you’re one of those people who thinks “but I can’t draw,” then pickup a Zentangle book for easy doodle patterns that anyone can learn.



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BUY INTERESTING POSTAGE STAMPS. The cost to mail a letter is now a whopping $0.49. Why purchase one stamp when you could put multiple stamps on a letter to add some visual interest? Visit a stamp store to purchase them or stand in line at the post office. Load the envelope up but just remember to leave a space for the address.


USE RUBBER STAMPS. There are so many fun, small rubber stamp alphabets, so if you aren’t feeling confident with your handwriting or want a different look try stamping instead.

This description from USPS reminds me of receiving all the really uninteresting pieces of junk mail, bills, or jury duty summons. No one wants them! DO follow the guidelines above, but remember that they are just that- “guidelines.” Approach your envelope addressing as a piece of art in and of itself. Imagine the receiver of your beautiful piece of mail opening their mailbox and amongst the dull pieces of junk bound for the recycle bin they pull out a fun, colorful envelope creatively addressed to them. You will make their day! A letter in the mailbox from a friend is exciting, but a letter within a fun envelope is like the icing on the cake.


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EXPERIMENT WITH CREATIVE LETTERING FOR THE ADDRESS. Combine cursive and printing, using different pens to accentuate particular words (see images above). If you’re feeling timid, do it in pencil first then go over it with your pen. Visit our Pinterest site for more envelope inspiration!

DON’T BE AFRAID OF DARK ENVELOPES. I know that in your mind finding an appropriate pen is going to be a challenge, but it’s really not. White, gold, and silver pens look great on dark paper, are easily available and they can make a stunning impact on your recipient. If there is no white pen in sight then just put a decorative label on it and write out the address.

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How to address an envelope: here’s what the USPS website has to offer on the subject: Make sure the address is accurate: Using a complete and correct address is the best way to get it there fast. Use ZIP Code + 4 when you can. Delivery Address: Print or type clearly the delivery and return addresses on the same side of

FountainPen Basics

Fountain pen facts

Using a fountain pen is not for everyone. They do require a little extra attention compared to the ballpoint pen you can pull from a pocket and toss into a drawer. But this is the beauty of a fountain pen- their individual character, the rituals involved in their use, and slowing down to enjoy them.

by Gerald Trainor

Fountain pens? Do people still use those? We hear that question often at Two Hands Paperie. And the answer is an absolute Yes! People use them, admire them, collect them, and meet to talk about them- see the box on this page about the Colorado Pen Posse to read more about that. First, a bit of history. Fountain pens replaced the dip pen and ink well during the 1880's when L.E. Waterman took out the US patent on the fountain pen. They became a popular, useful tool until the post-war world, demanding convenience, put them aside and took up the cheap, disposable ballpoint pen. Unfortunately character, design, and beauty of the writing instrument, along with quality of writing were also sacrificed. We hear sad stories all the time about “that drawer full of pens” that the grandparents threw in the trash. Fortunately, we do see pens that people have saved. Many of them come with great stories about how a grandfather was given the pen at retirement, or how the owner remembers a grandmother writing letters with the pen. Most of these pens can be cleaned up and repaired and put back into use. Today there are so many brands of fountain pens available that it is hard to keep them straight. Some of these brands, such as Waterman, Parker, and Pelikan have been around for a century or more. The German brand Lamy and Japanese Brand Pilot were both started in the 1930's. Others such as TWSBI (founded 2009), Stipula (founded 1991), and Visconti (founded 1988) have been introduced in recent years. They all have one thing in commontheir pens are fun to write with and are addictive. If you are new to fountain pens the addictive part may not make sense to you at all. Just join us for a meeting of the Pen Posse and you will understand. Some of us show up to meetings with 10, 20, 30 pens or more. That seems like an excessive number of pens, you say? Well, each pen is very different. Each pen has its own character, not only the way it looks, but in its unique feel in the hand, and especially in the way it writes. Different pens- and here I should clarify and say different nibs- can write and feel very differently. (The nib is the very tip of the pen that meets the paper from which the ink ultimately flows.) Some nibs just “move” across the paper, others “”glide”, and some “fly”. Depending on the nib size you may get a very faint, extra fine line. Or you can move up to a wide, dark, bold line, or even add a calligraphy nib to some pens. The nib material, whether steel, gold, or even palladium, has a huge affect on your writing. Gold and palladium are very flexible and allow you to achieve flowing, Victorian style script. The way you hold your hand and the angle of the pen also change the way your writing looks- fountain pens add a very personal touch to anything you write. Try that with your ballpoint pen!

The Colorado Pen Posse is an informal group of fountain pen enthusiasts from around the area that get together every now and then to discuss pens! There are no dues, no rules of order, or formalities. Pen Posse meetings are very unofficial and informal, and everyone is welcome, whether you have desk drawers full of pens or you are just wondering what a fountain

Fountain pens need to be filled more frequently. Fountain pen ink is water based (only use water-based, fountain pen ink in your pens!), it flows freely, and will be used up much more quickly than an oil-based ballpoint pen. The beauty is that you can change out your ink colors frequently if you are a daily user. Most pens will accept a disposable cartridge which is inserted into the pen- give a little twist as you push it in, then a gentle squeeze to start the ink flowing. Pens that take cartridges nearly always accept a converter. A converter is essentially a refillable cartridge, allowing you to use bottled ink. Converters are also very useful for cleaning pens. Because they are refillable, fountain pens can be considered eco-friendly. When you are done with that ballpoint pen from your bank, it goes in the trash. When your fountain pen is out of ink, you just fill it up again! Fountain pens need to be cleaned. Depending on the brand of your pen, the nib size, and the ink you use, this might be every ten fillings, or every 25. If you take care of your pens- don't leave them sitting in the sun in your car, and use them frequently, they generally require less cleaning. When ink dries in a pen, due to heat or lack of use, the pen will need to be cleaned. Using the pen causes ink to flow, keeping things moving, so to speak. If the ink in the pen seems fine, and just the nib is dry, give the end of the nib a little dip in water. This is usually enough to start writing again. If the pen has been sitting for ages and the ink is completely dry, unscrew the nib section and drop it in a cup with warm water. The water will loosen the ink in no time. You can also use a converter to push water through the feed and nib, making sure it is completely cleaned out. Do this when you change ink colors or brands of ink as well. Posting your pen's cap- this refers to what you do with the cap when it is off. Some pens are made so the cap can be posted on the end of the pen while you write. Often it is required to properly balance the pen, or with shorter pens, to add length so the pen fits the hand. If the pen is long and balanced enough, the cap can be “posted” on the table in front of you. Loaning your pen- Some pen enthusiasts have a pen or two that they may keep close at hand and never let anyone use. There is a tale about nibs adjusting to the character of the writer's hand, and the integrity of that adjustment being compromised when used by someone else. This makes perfect sense if you have a gold-nibbed pen that you have used for years and someone wants to borrow it for a month. (Don't do it!) But loaning someone your pen to sign their name probably won't cause any harm. Either way, the tale is a convenient way to protect your favorite pens. “I tend to lose pens,”- definitely not a good thing with a fountain pen. We hear this often, and it keeps some people from letting themselves enjoy a fine pen. Our recommendation: buy the pen for home use only. Leave it on your desk or in another place where you will use it daily. If you really want to carry it and are still worried, consider this- a fountain pen is not a free ballpoint pen. No one cares about leaving a ballpoint pen behind, and we usually don't give it a second thought if we leave it somewhere. With a fine fountain pen, you become more conscious of your pen, and more protective! If it has a special pouch that it goes into that comes out when you use it, you have another reminder to take your pen with you. Airline travel with fountain pens- Some people fear carrying a fountain pen on an airplane. I personally carry fountain pens with me everywhere. When I travel I carry 4 or 5 in a special case. I have never once had an issue with them in years of airline travel. If you are worried, put your case in a ziplock bag for added safety. If you haven't done it yet, take one with you the next time you fly and try it out. You shouldn't notice any difference from using it on the ground.

pen is. Members typically show up with their pen collections, or parts of them, pen cases, inks, papers, and stories. Everyone is happy to talk about their pens and let you try them out- most of their pens anyway. Meetings are typically held on Saturdays, and meeting locations tend to move around the area- sometimes in Lakewood, then Longmont, and

of course at Two Hands Paperie. Meetings last a few hours or so, and depending on where we meet, there may be snacks and coffee. To join the Posse or find out about the next meeting, send an email to PenPosse@ColoradoPenShow.com and you will be added to the email list.


Handmade Type Workshop


How to be the Best Bubble Writer in the World Ever!

by Charlotte Rivers

Review by Alix Christian

REveiws Modern Calligraphy

by Linda Scott

Review by Mia Semingson

Handmade type. Type is everywhere. In nature. In signage. In the crack of a sidewalk. The options are limitless. There are negative space letterforms. Positive space letterforms. Drawn. Stitched. Crafted. Sculpted and found. The best way to use these letters is so they accentuate the original message, idea, concept or emotion. Handmade Type Workshop profiles artists and designers from around the world and showcases their type designs with explanations of the concept behind the image, with tutorials and supply lists. Take artist Natasha Mileshina from Moscow, Russia, creating type using five basic shapes: circle, half-circle, rectangle, triangle and square (pg 82). Or designer Mathilde Nivet (pg 68), from Paris, France who works predominately with paper craft, cutting images and type from a single sheet of paper and creating an illustration and copy block in one image. Handmade letterforms can illustrate all kinds of ideas. They give thought beyond the obvious and speak louder than words. This book inspires me to play with my favorite art supplies and say it differently than the expected way I might say something. You can too- go ahead, I dare you... design and illustrate your own handmade type.

Need help exploring letterforms? Check out our brand new classes, Tangled Illuminated Letter and Letting Type Talk on page 5.

by Molly Suber Thorpe

Review by Carolyn Sweeny

How to be the Best Bubble Writer in the World Ever!- an intriguing title for a book that often elicits a private chuckle from people perusing the book section at Two Hands Paperie. It gets me every time because it appeals to my much younger self, a period in my life when I would have relinquished part of my troll and unicorn collections for a copy of this book. Regardless of my own personal, youthful interests, there is still something about bubble letter writing that has long lasting appeal…to put it simply, it’s FUN! The author, Linda Scott, bubble artist extraordinaire provides basic instructions to create simple bubble letter variations and then she shows you how to break loose and come up with your own. The book is full of fun examples such as: “cactus”, “lightning strike”, “ribbon”, “caveman”, “yeti”, and “ink splat” to name a few. Part how-to and part workbook, in addition to clear instructions you’re provided ample space to practice your own letterforms. To get back into my bubble writing groove I gave myself a fun assignment to make “Thank You” cards for birthday gifts I had received. The challenge: to make each “Thank You” visually reference the gift. My bubble writing definitely advanced to a whole new level. I get the feeling that I’m not “the best”…yet, but I’ve much improved and I plan to not let another 30+ years go by before I attempt it again.

This is the only book you will need to start an adventure into pointed pen script calligraphy. It starts with a description of the art form and how it is different than historical calligraphy (in which a broad nib is used to create uniform, established letterforms) and follows with a complete breakdown of the process into simple steps. From different types of nib holders and nibs, to ink and paper quality, Molly discusses preparing the tools for use and where to purchase them (why, at Two Hands Paperie of course!). She also advises how to hold your hand while writing. As a leftie I really appreciate the whole section devoted to tips for left handed calligraphers. My favorite part of the book (and now the most dog eared and ink stained) is the illustrated section of letters she has designed. Each letter is presented in more than one style and it is a great resource when practicing your own alphabet. It’s easy to design your own letters by pulling elements from her many examples. The second half of the book is devoted to a series of how-to, DIY projects incorporating different mediums and themes. I love that this book gives you permission to infuse your writing with personal style, yet requires none of the rigidity of traditional calligraphy. Using this book is making my journal entries, to do lists, and pages of notes so much more lovely and fun to write! Modern Calligraphy is chock full of so many ideas and helpful tips, you will have the skills and tools to create your own gorgeous invitations and artwork in no time.




The ability to introduce light into the page is pretty fascinating and exciting to me. It’s that little f lash and shadow that enters the paper that changes everything about the thing you’re holding, whether it’s a business card or a poster.


by Casey Berry

I can’t claim Brad O’Sullivan is a master of many, but despite his modest claims, I know him as a master of one- Smokeproof Press, a letterpress studio owned and run by Brad here in Boulder, Colorado. His design sensibilities and the creations that emerge from his studio are quite extraordinary, ranging from invitations and stationery to the packaging for some of Boulder’s best independent businesses. I spent a lovely afternoon hearing the tale of his love of letterpress. Ok Brad. Who are you and what’s your story? I’m a letterpress printer, a writer, and a practitioner of several other art forms but a master of none. I built my studio in 2004 but I’ve been letterpress printing since 1994. I discovered letterpress printing while I was studying at Naropa. I took the very first letterpress course they offered there and it’s actually the only letterpress class I’ve ever had. As soon as I had metal type in my hand, I found the thing that merged all my varied interests in one output. Language. Communication. Creative writing. Making things with my hands. While I was in grad school, I took on as many letterpress projects as I could so I could learn and make a lot of mistakes. Everything was with handset type, so I developed my graphic sensibilities by doing that. I got my MFA at Naropa and I’ve been teaching letterpress there since 1996. What is your history working with Two Hands Paperie?

Diana Phillips (the founder of Two Hands Paperie) and I had met years ago when I moved to Boulder and wandered into her shop, looking

for bookbinding supplies. When I left Naropa, I started working at Dixon Paper and Diana was a customer there. I had just picked up my first press and it was in pretty bad shape. I took it apart, cleaned it and rebuilt it. While I was at Dixon and rebuilding my press, we talked about doing something together.

So, we dedicated part of her recently expanded shop to letterpress printing and I moved all the equipment I had at the time to Two Hands Paperie. I was there for 5 years as we grew a custom printing business. I worked really hard because I believed in what we were doing. For people to care about letterpress, I think people have to know why they should care and the story. That’s what Two Hands is all about, telling those stories. So I worked there until my wife and I had a baby and then I left to start my own design business and Smokeproof Press. What does Smokeproof Press print and create? Boxes, art prints, labels, packages, wedding invitations, business cards, stationery. I like that my work can be so diverse. I never thought that I would enjoy printing wedding invitations, but I love it! People come with their really significant event and they want to go through the process and make it special. I feel honored when they want to take the time and design it. Obviously, my favorite is when people come and say, “Whatever you want.” But I always try and get the person's story and purpose for the project right up front and try and hold that in my mind. And I’m always trying to make the next thing the best thing I’ve done. That’s my personal challenge.

You’re clearly passionate about letterpress printing. What about it has won you over? The ability to introduce light into the page is pretty fascinating and exciting to me. It’s that little flash and shadow that enters the paper that changes everything about the thing you’re holding, whether it’s a business card or a poster. That moment that people interact with impression in the paper is this magic amount of time. Regardless of how digital we are, people stop and pay attention and interact as human beings with something that was made by a human being. It’s cool. I feel that something that has been made by hand, whether it’s a pickle or a good beer or something that has been letterpress printed, when time and attention has been paid to its creation, I think it’s inherently better. I know there is a whole debate on better or what better is, but I do feel like it has more intrinsic human value than a store bought pickle or a mass produced beer or a digitally printed something or other. It’s that intention. To really simplify it, it goes back to being a human being and trying to connect in some way to somebody else through some physical effort. It’s just more meaningful. That’s what better means to me. In my lifetime’s span, the things that have that quality to it are better. I’m getting all goose bumpy. They make my life more worth living. They make my life more interesting. I’m more interested in producing things like that and putting things like that out in the world. Not to say things like that can’t go out into the world and fail. They can! But it’s in the doing and doing and work and work and honing your craft. To me, that’s what it’s all about. Whatever your definition of ‘better’ is, I can confidently say the Boulder creative community is better with Smokeproof Press a part of it.



For people to care about letterpress, I think people have to know why they LEARN HOW should care and the story.


Interested in a letterpress class? Look no further! Check out our Beginning Letterpress Classes on page 4.

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Sep 3, Wednesday, 6-8pm Creative Play Date FREE/RSVP THP Staff Sep 5, Friday, 2-4pm Spotlight Friday– Affirmations in Metal - FREE Shannon Sunderland Sep 6, Saturday, 1-4pm Transference Fran Meneley Sep 7, Sunday, 1-4pm Falling Leaves Lantern NEW! Paula Slick Sep 12, Friday, 2-4pm Spotlight Friday – Shrines and Inner Journeys- FREE Deedee Hampton Sep 12, Friday, 7pm Lafayette Lantern Walk- FREE artgardencolorado.com Sep 13, Saturday, 10:30-Noon Pocketed Memo Book NEW! Melinda Canino Sep 13, Saturday, 1-4pm Talisman Necklace – Intro to Metalsmithing NEW! Shannon Sunderland Sep 14, Sunday, 12:30-3:30pm Tangled Illuminated Letter NEW! Annie Reiser Sep 19, Friday, 2-4pm Spotlight Friday- Watercolor NEW! Alix Christian Sep 20, Saturday, 10:30-4:30pm Sewing On Tape – Decorative Star Stitch NEW! Kristen Law Lewis Sep 21, Sunday, Noon-4pm Letting Type Talk – Playing with Letters NEW! Alix Christian Sep 26, Friday, 10:30-4:30pm Pajaki – Paper Chandelier NEW! Mia Semingson Sep 26, Friday, 9-3pm Introduction to Encaustic Alix Christian Sep 27-28, Saturday thru Sunday Firefly Handmade – Autumn Market (Boudler) fireflyhandmade.com Sep 27, Saturday, 10:30-4:30pm House of Gratitude NEW! Deedee Hampton Sep 28, Sunday, 12:30-4:30pm Medieval Leather Journal Jeff Becker Oct 1, Wednesday, 6-8pm Oct 1 - Oct 25 Oct 3, Friday, 2-4pm Oct 4, Saturday, 1-5pm Oct 5, Sunday, 12:30-3:30pm Oct 10, Friday, 3-5pm Oct 11, Saturday, 12:30-4:30pm Oct 11-12, Saturday & Sunday Oct 12, Sunday, Noon-4pm Oct 16, Thurs, 6-8:30pm Oct 17, Friday, 2-4pm Oct 18, Saturday, 9-3pm Oct 18, Saturday, 11-4:30pm Oct 19, Sunday, 1-4pm Oct 23, Thursday, 6-8:30pm Oct 24, Friday, 2-3:30pm or 4-5:30pm Oct 25, Saturday, 10-2:30pm Oct 25, Saturday, 10:30-4:30pm Oct 25, Saturday, by 5:30pm Oct 26, Sunday, Noon-4pm

Creative Play Date FREE/RSVP THP Staff Submissions Accepted For Ofrenda Show-FREE Juror: Laura Lambrecht Spotlight Friday – Lighting Up Your Art -FREE Kristen Law Lewis Capture the Wow! – Creative Journaling Cynthia Morris Tangled Leaves NEW! Annie Reiser Spotlight Friday – Dia de los Muertos- FREE Laura Lambrecht Light It Up! – Carousel Book NEW! Kristen Law Lewis Colorado Pen Show First Annual coloradopenshow.com Personal Geographies Jill Berry Ofrenda – Dia de los Muertos NEW! Laura Lambrecht Spotlight Friday- As the Color Wheel Spins NEW! Alix Christian Experimenting w/ Encaustic & Paper- A Book! Alix Christian Collage Play NEW! Fran Meneley Carving Stamps – the Artful Use of Simple Shapes Tiffany Leirer Community Art Making –Paper Gems-RSVP/FREE THP Staff Spotlight Friday– Encaustic Collage NEW! THP Staff Beginning Letterpress NEW! Carolyn Sweeney Pajaki – Paper Chandelier NEW! Mia Semingson Final Submissions Accepted For Ofrenda Show Juror: Laura Lambrecht Less is More – Using White Space NEW! Alix Christian

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