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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Many of our readers are quite knowledgeable when it comes to sizing your own paper, especially sizing your “go-to” paper. Here is a step-by-step “recipe” for cooking up your own sizing and applying it to your favorite Eastern paper. The photos shown here are mostly depicting sizing made from wheat starch.  Nope!, it’s not a…

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How about wrapping a simple empty cookie tin to pretty-up  your desk or kitchen storage, make a quick vase or gift? After our last DIY tutorial, we felt ready to tackle wrapping a tin with some beautiful hand-made marbled lokta from Nepal to make a unique up-cycled object. What you will need: Step One: Cut…

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2012 over!?!  That was amazingly quick. I guess I do spend much of my time on the road and it is clear traveling or rather “not being home” speeds up time! To switch things up in my dual-life pattern, I spent the fall of 2012 in the East Coast of the US for a change. …

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Korea claims a unique and intriguing art called joomchi. How do you go about making joomchi?  It’s easier to try with your own hands than to explain in words…but here it goes.  This is my beginner’s understanding of the process: At least 2 layers of Korean mulberry paper, or hanji, are first wet, then, aggressively gripped,…

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Allyson is a local graphic and package designer who uses paper including our paper.  We are always happy to see her smiling face.  Below is Allyson’s use of our Lokta Brown Berry and Vine paper in the center note cube. A RISD grad with a BFA in Graphic Design, Allyson runs her own design business…

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Back in the fall of 2011 I met this young, talented designer, while at the Kokeshi Festival in Tokyo.  I couldn’t resist but bring her irresistible designs to you, here in “America” via PaperNado.com. These incredibly cute washi tapes, vintage patterned papers, letter sets and tiny messenger dolls; all just arrived! Contact: info@papernado.com. Can you…

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Honestly,  I would have loved to have gone to Helsinki this year for the 50th anniversary of Marimekko; dreamed about going to those special anniversary events happening at the Marimekko Village……but alas, a couple weeks ago, for my quick fix,  I had the chance to go in the Marimekko store in Tokyo’s Ometesando.  Snapped these…

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After my friend Rie went to visit the studio of Kazuki Yamane I was inspired to investigate further into the origata world.  I came upon the Origata Design Institute in Minami-Aoyama in Tokyo.  The Origata Design Institute, managed by Ms. Sugihara was established in an old-style shop. (An “old-school”  tradition taught in an old…school or rather…

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