Friday, February 8, 2008

Oriental Handmade Paper Collage

A little more info on Oriental handmade papers (washi in Japan)…

The are a number of different styles, textures, thicknesses, and to some degree, color of papers available, though I tend to get white papers, or papers as neutral as possible, and add my own color using long-lasting watercolor or acrylic pigments. Very good information on the ingredients in washi and how the papers are made can be found at the site of the long-time papermaker, Awagami.

My collage below was made using very little paint and shows much of the original look and texture of the washi used to make it.

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