Resources and Links

Sources for Materials and Supplies

There are many kinds of wonderful handmade, handscreened or marbled papers.  The best kinds for boxes are strong, made of mulberry or kozo fibers, like Japanese chiyogami papers.  Lighter, more delicate papers can be used for interiors and/or embellishments

•Art Papers Online

18650 W. Old US 12
Chelsea, MI 48118

Nice people and good selection of paper and USArtQuest art supplies.

.Colophon Book Arts Supply
Lacey, Washington 98503
Owner Nancy Morains has a remarkable website full of treasures for book arts.  Great service, fine prices, terrific tools and treasures for traditional European Marbling and suminagashi as well.


• Broadway Papers                                                                                   
191 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
nice selection of papers & tools

• Hollanders
410 N. Fourth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
My favorite place ever! Incredible
site, great papers, tools, classes,
PVA, bookboard, bonefolders.

• Paper Mojo
Terrific Papers, very helpful
people. Get on their mailing list!

• Chiyogami/Specialty Paper LCI Co.


• The Paper Source

232 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60610

Several Chicago sites –many others  across the US.  Great stores, super website,online instructional videos, tools, papers, bookcloth,PVA, plus kits.

• The Artists Guild

117 North 3rd Avenue
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Immediate gratification!!!
Extremely nice staff, good selection of papers, tools.

• The Paper Studio
POB 11390
Tempe, Arizona 85284
Beautiful variety of papers, great blog, free online instructional videos, very accommodating.

• Washi Accents

1224 Converse Drive NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30324
Good variety of papers – some excellent links!

• Scotch Quick Drying Tacky Glue is available online from Amazon, among others,also Walmart,Target

• Cutting mats, tools, glues, etc are available from the normal sources, like Michaels, Walmart, Target.

• Check out The Paint Box Gallery in Ephraim for supplies. Although they are carrying fewer art supplies than in the past I have gotten great glue brushes there, as well as inexpensive scraps of mat board for embellishments, PVA, and more – very helpful and accommodating!  I love to shop local if I can!

• Jerry’s Artarama
Incredible source of tools and materials – great papers too! Especially if you can find one of their stores close to where you are!

For marbling supplies, paints, tools,paper:  Galen Berry        1-405-949-1239                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Reasonable prices, great tools, etc.,  Terrific website - very informative                                                                                                           If you have a chance to take a class from Galen Berry, run, don’t walk, to sign up

Another Great Marbling resource is Heidi Richenbach Finley, who is based in Michigan. She not only teaches classes in marbling, but as an artist herself she has created a line of paints and other marbling supplies, including a great kit, that is worth looking at. Her colors are vibrant and her manual with her Serious Beginners Marbling Kit is excellent. Take a look on YouTube for her videos and at her etsy website for marbling supplies.

Colorway Arts

Claudia Squio has some wonderful tools for boxmaking and books.  She works mainly with fabric over board and has some lovely journals, and unusual boxes on her website.  Look for her cartonnage tool kit, complete with corner cutting tools and took case, plus her unusual and  original designs are a real inspiration  She sells kits as well as creating lessons online.  She also has a blog and an etsy shop.  This is one creative and interesting lady!

Links to some of my favorite fabulous paper artists:

Karen Elaine Thomas

Her designs rock, her books and DVD are classics - the best written directions for origami I have seen, plus the most interesting creations.

Joan Michaels Paque

Prepare to be dazzled and inspired - outstanding as an artist and an instructor.

Pat K. Thomas, Seen My Marbles

Terrific website, blog, and keeps everyone up to date with her FaceBook page.  Great resource of information about marbling - a busy and kind lady!

Sue Zajac, Alaskan Artist and Marbler

Interesting website, marbling book for sale as well as cards and other works.

Sue marbles with watercolors, does lots of cool and interesting over marbling! 

Brilliant COLOR!

Two wonderful YouTube videos:


If you ever have a chance to take a class from Galen Berry, run, don’t walk, to sign up!

Origami Links for The Clearing in Winter Practical Origami Class:

Spinning Top

Super Cool Fold of the Week

Origami Cup

Origami Crane

Paper Balloon

Paper Wreath/Shooting Star

Masu Box with Lid


Folding Box, a few small different folds, but essentially the same

Origami rose

Simple box

Purse Envelope

A Bit of Press . . . 

2013 Article in the Peninsula Pulse: Sharing a Passion for Paper

2016: An Ageless Art Form: Nancy Akerly and Paper Marbling

2015: Rhinelander School of the Arts, newspaper Article


© Nancy Akerly1 2018