miniature paper flowers

Nature in miniature – flowers and plants created with painstaking attention to detail, scale, and accuracy – shrunken to half a penny in size.  Take a mini look at the artists who supply hands-on techniques with insight to an art form that deserves a second look. Fascinating, yes . . . Hard to turn away…

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Part 2 – Wonderful Washi While washi  (Japanese paper) is a long-lasting Japanese traditional craft, how it became an important part of Japanese culture is almost forgotten even by most Japanese.  In thinking about washi’s role in etiquette, social rituals, and some possibly overlooked utilitarian uses,  in this post, I want to show you some of…

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Part I ­­– Inspiration:  My passion for washi (Japanese paper) and washi craft objects was sparked in the late 60’s when my mother returned from visiting Japan with a suitcase full of goodies.  My attraction to anything paper grew strong, as did my intention to visit Japan someday. Fast forward to the 1980’s; I moved to Japan, and while…

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Hanji or Korean paper is one of our most popular handmade papers. Hanji is used in a traditional craft called joomchi, a kind of felting of different paper sheets together to create a wonderful effect; organic shapes in rich colors spring to life from an otherwise flat sheet of paper. Hailing from Colorado, PJ Bergin has…

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Maybe you have dabbled in alternative printing for photography, maybe you miss the good ole’ days of film and a 35mm, or maybe you look back at historical photographs over a century ago, and wonder, ‘how did they do it?’ Regardless of which of the above categories you may fall into, you will be inspired and…

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A new year, and new papers! As we say good bye to 2016, we look ahead to a year full of making great art and using great paper!  As we expand our line of fine art papers, we hope that this new selection will be among your new favorites for 2017. See what’s new: Bunkoshi: a sturdy,…

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We’ve got a new arrival in our paper warehouse: Masa paper.  Masa is a type of mulberry or kozo/mix pulp paper that is very smooth on one side. Because it has both internal and surface sizing and can easily be crumpled and re-flattened, this paper is ideal for printmaking.  Don’t believe us? Just listen to…

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If you’re local, our warehouse is open again for SHOP SMALL SATURDAY November 26, 10:30am-3:30pm. 2017 Calendars, decorative handmade papers: hand-marbled papers, recycled cotton silkscreened papers, woodblocked papers from Nepal,  blank notecard sets, bulk vellum envelopes, Japanese fabric stickers, masa printmaking papers, paper sachets, scented greeting cards, paper balloons,  print your own- ink-jet compatible washi…

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For you super organized people, we have good news. For you not-so organized people, we have good news.  And for those who can’t wait to start shopping for gifts, even better news. We got you covered for 2017-calendar-wise anyway.  (Calendars are already selling a fast clip, so get your orders in!). You have so many…

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