Posts Tagged ‘washi’

Vintage Inspired Stationery

Friday, July 6th, 2012

This month is Letter Writing Month here at The Paper Place; and who doesn’t love getting a little something special sent to them in the mail? I recently made some vintage inspired stationery for some dear pen-pals of mine.

I think that the Gampi Silk Tissue is probably one of my favourite papers right now.  It kind of reminds me of old onion skin paper, which I love.  I backed it with a piece of cardstock, attaching the two with Airmail Divine Twine. I used small rubber stamps for the text; which remind me of a vintage typewriter.  On the back cardstock I used navy Par Avion stamps by Cavallini (available instore).  To finish I used washi tape to create an airmail pattern on a plain white envelope. For postage I used vintage Canadian stamps from SendMoreMail (both available instore).


I also cut a piece of Kingin Stationery in half then stitched it to some colourful cardstock to brighten it up a little bit.  I thought that such a lovely handmade paper deserved a handwritten letter. I love its small gold flecks and the handmade edge.




Washi Windows

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Before it gets replaced with the fabulous collages from our March Break Kid’s Challenge; I wanted to document Nick Rubi’s mesmerizing window installation. Nick’s installation was conceived to give passersby the oppotunity to experience the beauty of our some of our Japanese papers, which we seldom have an opportunity to display.

 Close up and full view of washi windows

close up and outside of washi windows

Nick carefully attached long strips of different types of washi and Chiyogami papers and labeled them all with the proper name of the paper.

Close up of Washi names
Although these photos can hardly capture the sublime image of these strips of paper hanging in a gentle breeze, I hoped to share Nick’s beautiful windows with anyone who didn’t get a chance to experience them first hand.

❤ Mariel ❤


East Meets West – A Guest Post by Nancy Jacobi

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

We are so honoured to introduce a guest post by Nancy Jacobi of The Japanese Paper Place.  Nancy possesses an incredible amount of knowledge about Japanese Paper and is fiercely passionate about educating people about all the wondrous possibilities that exist within these beautiful papers.

Mainstream art materials in the East for centuries, sumi ink paired with absorbent Japanese paper are gradually working their way into the hearts and hands of the west.

A great way to start getting to know these materials is with a pad of cut paper like this one which has absorbent, heavier paper than usual, and a bottle of liquid sumi ink.

Any watercolour brush with soft hair can be used, but Chinese brushes with bamboo handles in a variety of sizes are the most common.

Sumi ink and oriental paper were brought to Japan in the year 610 by Buddhist monks who used the combined materials for writing prayers. Sumi is made from the soot of pine or canola oil mixed with animal glue and formed into a hardened rectangular shape. Ground and mixed with water, it produces a permanent and intense black like none other. Many people prefer the stick form for the mesmerizing process and the quality of the resulting ink. But this bottle of pre-mixed ink is a good quality recommended by the Shodo National Education Union in Japan, and much simpler to use.

Recently we asked artist David Hu, an old hand with sumi ink to demonstrate how he uses these materials and we learned a lot!

If he uses just the sumi ink on his brush, the effect will be richly black, completely absorbed by the soft Japanese paper.

One of the features of this pad for students of shodo (Japanese calligraphy) or sumi-e (brush painting of images) is that you can use a wet brush without ink to practice the forms – do your critique, let it dry and try again later on the same sheet of paper which dries quite flat! The heaviness of the paper makes this possible. Here David practices the panda.

In the west, sumi is used by many artists like Lorraine Pritchard in unique ways, layering varying weights of Japanese paper with sumi painting.

On his Japanese paper dress, Toronto designer Lei Li has used splattered sumi ink to great effect.

Lately, Sumi Ink Clubs are popping up around the world as a way to get communities drawing together with these uncomplicated ancient media.


Celeste Prize

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Finalist for the Celeste Prize competition is artist Aleck Grgurick. His live media entry uses technology and one of our most sumptuous papers Gampi Torinoko. Check out his work here

We are rooting for you, Aleck!


Living With Washi

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

If you have wandered by or into the store lately you will see that our current windows feature Japanese Papers for the Living With Washi event taking place in the city. There are just a few days left to take advantage of the series of events, exhibitions and lectures organized by The Japanese Paper Place. The events run until the 18th of June and our windows feature Kozuke White and Ivory that have designs painted on them with sumi-e ink. The papers were then “crumpled” by hand and worked until they developed a fabric like softness. Perfect for all kinds of decorative use such as shoji screens, lamps and pillows . . . even clothing! Check out for more information.