What is CHIGIRI-E?

"Chigiri" means to tear or shred, and "e" means picture in Japanese. Chigiri-e is a Japanese-style paper collage created using hand-dyed Washi paper to create realistic or abstract images, frameable art, cards, and an endless number of modern-day crafts. The fibers of the Washi allow for ideal layering and soft textures that look similar to a watercolor or oil painting.


What the Washi?

The word Washi comes from the word "wa" meaning Japanese, and "shi," meaning paper, and is a traditionally-made paper that dates back to the eighth century, and is often still made by hand today. Making Washi is a long process: kozo (mulberry), bamboo, hemp, rice, or wheat plant bark is soaked in clear river water, boiled to thicken, then beaten and filtered through a gridiron and dried in sheets in sunlight for a natural, soft finish. The beauty of Washi papers are treasured throughout Japan, and they are still used today for everything from interior design to traditional arts, letter writing, and books. Washi has been recognized by UNESCO as being a part of Japan's Intangible Cultural Heritage.


Chigiri-e Projects

Color Your Heart Out!

$9.00

Card Size(L): 5.1 x 8.3 inchesLevel: Beginner COLOR YOUR HEART OUT and Save!This kit is the perfect, affordable (only $9) intro to Chigiri-e for beginners and kids. All you have to do is trace & tear...

Bunch of Japanese daisies

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inchesLevel: Advanced Gift this beautiful bouquet on a celebratory occasion such as a wedding. The combination of yellow and pink Japanese daisies is stunning, and perfectly matches the lilac of...

Crane couple

$32.00

Board Size: 9.5 x 10.6 inchesLevel: Intermediate This piece depicts a pair of courting cranes on a snowy field against the red glow of the morning sky. You can feel the morning air, so cold...

Mom and Puppy Shibas

$24.00

Card Size(L): 5.1 x 8.3 inchesLevel: Begineer Do you have a great mom? Then make her smile with this charming card! This card features a mother and her puppy Shiba Inu, a prominent breed of...

Noshi

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inchesLevel: Begineer A kind of ceremonial folded origami attached to celebratory offerings and gifts, to express and express good tidings. Combine washi of various colors and cut the gold paper...

Poppies

$32.00

Board Size: 9.5 x 10.6 inchesLevel: Intermediate In Japan, these big blooms light up summer meadows. The petals look just like thin paper, dancing brightly in the breeze. While there are various types of poppies,...

Chicks

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inchesLevel: Begineer These baby chicks waddling along on a green carpet bright with flowers are so sweet! Washi is the perfect material for capturing the lightness of the yellow fluff....

Clematis

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inchesLevel: Intermediate The six purple petals of the clematis bloom boldly. Draw out the fray to highlight the beauty of the petal edges. The clematis is a type of vine,...

Cherry blossoms

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inchesLevel: Advanced Japan's favorite flower. Cherry blossoms bloom from March through April, which is when graduation and entrance ceremonies are held in Japan. This makes cherry blossoms become a sight...

Carnation

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inchesLevel: Advance The carnation is characterized by its many frilled petals. Use the fibers in the washi to capture the same effect. In Japan, carnations are the traditional gift on Mother's...

Red turnip

$24.00

  Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inches Level: Intermediate two huge leaves and the bright red of the mature turnip almost seem to be looking forward to being turned into a meal! In Japan, these turnips...

Roses

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inches Level: Intermediate Three huge, deep red roses have bloomed. Every petal makes this piece look very complicated, but these petals aren't actually very difficult to shape. Absolutely anyone can easily...

Yacht

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inchesLevel: Intermediate This yacht sailing in the ocean against a bright summer sky brings out all the exhilaration of summer. With the red and yellow sail against the cobalt blue...

Sunflower

$32.00

Board Size: 9.5 x 10.6 inchesLevel: Advanced Featuring vivid yellow petals that shine like the sun, the sunflower is the iconic midsummer flower. See if you can capture a sense of life bursting from the...

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Starter Tools

STARTER TOOLS

$26.00

Includes:
Glue / Brush / Water Brush Pen / Teaspoon /  Saucer / Stylus / Paperclips / Tweezers

*Included in the Chigiri-e Course package

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