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Japanese Paper Crafting

Japanese Paper Crafting: Create 17 Paper Craft Projects & Make Your Own Beautiful Washi Paper

by Michael G. LaFosse, with Richard L. Alexander and Greg Mudarri
Softcover (8.5x11 inches, 128 pages)
Tuttle Publishing
ISBN-13: 9780804838481

Across the country interest in paper crafts is booming. People from all walks of life are creating scrapbooks, making gift cards and learning origami. Washi, a traditional handmade paper originating in Japan, is a perfect accompaniment to these crafts. Japanese Paper Crafting teaches the essentials of making beautiful and unusual washi paper at home.

Using diagrams and photographs, this book's step-by-step instructions will show both novice and experienced paper artists how to make washi paper and how to create 17 exciting washi projects with their own handmade paper! Projects include a hand-bound blank book; purses and wallets; desktop and tabletop accessories.

The book contains instructions for creating:

Japanese Origami Crane

traditional design

Japanese Origami Crane

Senbazuru: Ehiroi

traditional design

Senbazuru: Ehiroi

Senbazuru: Imoseyama

traditional design

Senbazuru: Imoseyama

Senbazuru: Seigaiha

traditional design

Senbazuru: Seigaiha

Hana Tsutsumi

traditional design

Hana Tsutsumi

Noshi Awabi

traditional design

Noshi Awabi

Sailboat Envelope

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

Sailboat Envelope

Masu Box

traditional design

Masu Box

Wallet or Clutch Purse

traditional design

Wallet or Clutch Purse

Crane's Egg Modular Box

designed by Richard L. Alexander

Crane's Egg Modular Box

Tato

traditional design

Tato

Vase Cover

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

Vase Cover

Desktop Organizer

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

Desktop Organizer (Pen/Pencil/Brush Holder)

"Ceramic" Form with Chigiri-e

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

"Ceramic" Form with Chigiri-e

Tulip Bowl

designed by Richard L. Alexander

Tulip Bowl

Hurrican Bowl

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

Hurricane Bowl

Sewn-Bound Washi Book

traditional design

Sewn-Bound Washi Book

This book also includes instructions and detailed photos for making your own washi. The following are a sampling of photos illustrating the process:

Boiling the fiber
Boiling the fiber
Sorting & cleaning the fiber
Cleaning the fiber
Pulp ready for forming
Pulp ready for forming
Nagashizuki sheet-forming
Nagashizuki sheet-forming
Pressing the post of wet sheets & felts
Pressing the post of wet sheets
Drying sheets on a flat surface...
Drying sheets on a flat surface
...or in a stack with blotters
Stack of sheets to be dried with blotters