• Tomomi Tsukioka Jul 17, 2017

    Learn Hand Sewing Techniques - Part 2

    Time to learn more sewing techniques! Did you enjoy our part 1 of sewing techniques? Part 1 was mainly the basic skills like how to start and finish a seam. In part 2, we will introduce two sewing techniques that will come handy in many hand sewing situations. As always, all of our sewing technique videos are uploaded on our YouTube Channel. These hand sewing techniques can be useful on...

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  • Tomomi Tsukioka Jul 03, 2017

    4 Essential Tools for Photographing Your Artwork: Photography Tips Part 1

    As artists, we spend so much time on perfecting our craft and art. But we often do not take the final step: photographing the work.  Whether it is for sending it to your kids or parents, putting it up on your website or social media, or simply for archiving, photographing your work is an important step in your craft. There are 4 important tools when photographing your artwork: camera, tripod,...

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  • Tomomi Tsukioka Jun 20, 2017

    Summer Craft Ideas with Washi Paper - Part 1

    Barbecues under the sun. Ice cold drinks. Laying by the beach. Family vacations. Summer, a time to enjoy the sun and outdoor activities. But let's not forget the indoor activities you can enjoy as well. Craft projects can be a great addition to your home decorations and outdoor activities for summer. With our Chigiri-e Project kits, you receive all the Washi paper you need to create the motifs. What is...

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  • Tomomi Tsukioka Jun 06, 2017

    Traditional Japanese Art: The Floating World of Ukiyo-e

    Japanese art includes a wide range of styles and media, such as ancient pottery, sculpture, ink painting, calligraphy, architecture, landscape, comic, and the list goes on. One of the most distinct traditional Japanese art is ukiyo-e. Ukiyo-e, typically produced as paintings or as woodblock prints , thrived during the Edo Period (1603 - 1868). Literally meaning “pictures of the floating world,” subjects were usually associated with detachment from ordinary life....

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  • Tomomi Tsukioka May 25, 2017

    Memorial Day Weekend Summer Kick Off

    Memorial Day dates back to the American Civil War in 1868, when an organization of Union veterans established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of soldiers with flowers. Today, we remember the men and women who have died while in the military service. Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday in May, is a federal holiday in the United States. This three day weekend...

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