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A "Project" is our Chigiri-e kit product. It is not a Course package, and is therefore best suitable for people who want to try Chigiri-e casually. All the materials necessary for creating the motifs are enclosed but please note that the Starter Tool Kit is not included.
You can create one motif with one Project kit. However, since we put in slightly more Washi necessary, you will still have some Washi to make something on your own after finishing the motif.
No, the Started Tool Kit is not included in a Project.
Children can create the motifs, however, young children need adults' supervision and support especially when they use pointed objects such as the stylus.
In Japanese, Chigiri means to tear and e means picture. The original pronunciation is Chee-gee-ree-ay
Washi is traditional Japanese paper. Paper we normally use today is made from finely chopped pulp, instead, washi is made from the fibers in the skins of a tall and withy tree called paper mulberry.. Washi is very durable because the fibers are entangled intricately. (There are even doors made of Washi in Japan!) The Washi paper Japanese Creations provide is top quality paper produced with conventional painstakingly method and then hand-dyed piece by piece. When teared, soft and warm fuzzy fibers appear.Chigiri-e is paper collage taking advantage of these fibers from Washi.
Yamato Starch Paste is a glue specifically made for Chigiri-e. Well, this is not true but you will understand when you lay your hand on this wonderful adhesive.The Yamato glue won't stain the Washi or boards of any color. It won't shine the surface or leave white marks either. You can peel off the glued piece completely with a little bit of water even after many hours of drying because Yamato Starch Paste dissolves with water.The glue is non-toxic and safe for children since it is made of natural starch. It is suitable for other paper collage art as well.
For the glue, adhesive for paper crafts is most suitable. If you use regular glue such as School Glue, water it down two to three times as you do not need strong adhesive power for Chigiri-e. You also need to try to stay inside the lines or not to use too much because it may leave stains on washi and board.
You will also need a pencil and some water to dissolve the glue. You may find a pair of scissors handy.
The Project is a kit. It is suitable for people who would like to try Chigiri-e casually. All the materials such as Washi and patterns are enclosed but you need to prepare some tools yourself. The Course is a comprehensive learning support service of Japanese Creations. Starting from a basic motif, the course is designed so that you will learn Chigiri-e skills gradually as you create each of the six motifs. Three of the six motifs are assignments for you to submit. Shortly after you submit each of the assignments, our instructor will give you constructive feedback to make sure you are on the right track to master the art of Chigiri-e. Once you completed the course, we are sure you are ready to try your hand at an original piece of yours.
You will be advised to submit the image of the designated three motifs of the six motifs once you completed each of them. Our course instructor will give constructive feedback to each of the submitted motif in order to take your chigiri-e to the next level.