Don Widmer Paper Arts

Chicago, Illinois
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About DonWidmerPaperArts

Sales 331
On Etsy since 2010

Paper inspires me.

It's only a short time since I graduated with my MFA in Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago and my practice is still developing. One thing I know for certain is that paper is the medium which will continue to define my art-making.

Since the first time I dipped my hands into a vat of paper pulp I was hooked. It is a truly visceral experience... the smell of freshly pulped plant material, the sound of the water splashing and spraying, the feel of the chilly water numbing my fingers. I love to create paper for its own sake, but I also like to use it as a medium for printing, or to transform it into a 3-dimensional work of art.

In my shop you will find works of handmade paper, some created wholly from paper, such as pulp paintings. Other times I print onto the handmade sheets. Other cards and prints are created on fine art paper, especially the recycled and colorful papers created by the family-run French Paper Company.

My art is inspired by stories, my travels, or whatever my imagination feels like conjuring on a particular day. I hope you will find something that catches your eye or fires your own imagination.

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  • Don Widmer


    Don Widmer is a book and paper artist whose work incorporates papermaking, letterpress printing, and artist bookbinding. His papermaking utilizes a process called pulp painting, where pigmented plant material (pulp) is used as a painting medium.

  • All Handmade by ME

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    This seal of approval is proudly displayed to indicate that every item in my shop is hand-crafted by Chicago-based book and paper artist Don Widmer!

Production partners

  • Len Widmer

    Cleveland, OH

    Len Widmer is Cleveland-area wood craftsman who makes furniture, bowls and other art objects. Len crafts custom frames for Don Widmer's paper artworks. He has won numerous awards for his meticulous wood turned objects.

  • Lowitz & Sons

    Chicago, IL

    A producer of quality printing.

  • Things of Steel

    Kalamazoo, MI

    Michelle and Katherine, of Things of Steel, are metal artisans. We have collaborated to build this custom steel frame to complement my pulp painted art.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
I want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase. Here is a list of my general policies. Feel free to contact me with questions.

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Returns and exchanges
I want you to love your handmade item. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase you may return the item within 14 days of receiving it for a full refund (excludes custom orders). Item must be in its original packaging and in perfect, unused condition. Note, however, that I will not refund the price of return shipping.
We accept PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Etsy gift cards.

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I ship via USPS and pieces leave my house in 1-3 days (orders placed on weekends/holidays may take a little longer). Shipping costs are calculated for individual items. If you would like to place a large order I'll be happy to work with you to adjust the shipping price. Please contact me if you would like this option.

All of my items can be shipped internationally and the approximated shipping prices for Canada and Mexico are given along with a standard "Everywhere Else" listing. If the shipping price turns out to be significantly less to ship to your destination I will refund the difference via PayPal. Note that I do not pay any duties, customs fees, or any other associated fees. These are the responsibility of the buyer if their country charges these types of fees. Please be aware of customs information including any fees that may be incurred on your end before purchasing. This information can be found at your local post office or on the web. Every country varies.

I offer a "Gift Wrap Option." Click here... ... for more details.

**IMPORTANT: If your item is a gift and/or not being shipped directly to you, please change the "Ship To" address when placing your order. I can only ship to the address listed on your PayPal order, otherwise the PayPal buyer/seller protection is void. Please let me know if you have any questions.