Coloring Japanese paper

I told you about it a few weeks ago in my article presenting Japanese paper but for more than 10 years now, I have been developing my own colored ranges! To follow up on this article, I wanted to tell you a little more about this coloring work, dear to my heart.

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This work around color is a real playground for me! It's one of my favorite things about what I do: composing one or more colorful worlds around a pattern.

To do this, I select, from a wide range of patterns offered to me by the manufacturers with which I am in contact, a design that appeals to me, an arrangement of patterns, a particular construction, etc.

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I then imagine a colorful range according to my tastes of course but also my desires of the moment, the season, what may have appealed to me in the past months, but also what you like, your wishes that you were able to share me during your visits to the store or even on social networks.

I also select papers that I offer to you “as is”, without any color modification on my part. This is particularly the case for papers with simple designs, for which there are few color passages during screen printing.

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These personalized ranges that we offer you are “Adeline Klam” exclusives which are only available in store and on the e-shop!

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What I particularly like about this work is the poetry that emerges from the colorful universe that I can offer around a motif and how it resonates in everyone.

Sometimes, a pattern depending on the colors with which I have chosen to associate it can evoke something warm and sunny or on the contrary something softer and vegetal for example. The possibilities are endless!

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Sometimes I grab my colored pencils and scribble down some ideas to see things more clearly, to observe how the colors respond to each other. I particularly do this work (the old-fashioned way!) when I imagine several colored ranges for a single pattern.

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I then move on to work on the computer, accompanied by one of my beloved colleagues! I look for precise PANTONE © references for each color on the paper, which I then send to the manufacturers with whom I work.

The papers being “printed” by screen printing, each color present on the paper corresponds to a passage of color. Some designs require more than 10!

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When we receive our different color tests screen-printed on Japanese paper at the store, it's a bit like Christmas! It is often an opportunity for us to gather around the large workshop table (which you must know well if you have already come to do a workshop at the store) and to see everyone's preferences, the ideas of hearts of each other...

Once we have selected the papers that we ultimately want to produce, I place an order with Japan to start manufacturing the papers, receive them a few weeks later and finally offer them to you in store and on the e-shop!

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I hope you enjoyed this behind-the-scenes article on my color work! Do not hesitate to share with us your questions about Japanese paper in the comments. I will answer them with great pleasure!

I will see you again very soon for new articles.
Until then, take good care of yourself,

Adeline

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Did you know that I compose my own colored ranges?
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6 comments


  • Adeline Klam

    BAUDOIN > Merci à vous Camille pour votre adorable commentaire qui nous a beaucoup touché ! Nous sommes ravis de savoir que vous avez pu en apprendre un peu plus sur nous. Concernant les papiers, nous en proposons aussi tels quels, sans retouche de ma part, avec leurs couleurs originales :)

    MARIE > Merci beaucoup pour votre gentil mot Marie :) C’est effectivement très gratifiant et c’est en partie pour cela que c’est une part de mon travail que j’affectionne tout particulièrement ! Pour le motif « Feuilles, Baies et Fruits », c’est aussi l’un de mes préférés ! Les possibilités de colorisation sont multiples avec ce motif !

    AGNÈS > Nous l’apprécions aussi beaucoup, pour sa douceur entre autre ! Merci Agnès pour votre petit mot depuis la Bretagne :)

    GÉRALDINE > Effectivement ;) Merci pour ton petit mot Géraldine !

    SEQUARD > Merci beaucoup Frédérika d’avoir pris le temps de nous écrire, pour votre retour sur vos motifs et vos couleurs préférés :) C’est toujours intéressant d’en savoir plus sur ce qu’apprécie nos clientes. Nous sommes vraiment contents d’apprendre que notre univers créatif vous parle et vous fait du bien surtout. Une belle année 2022 à vous !


  • Sequard

    Merci pour ce blog qui explique tout votre processus créatif…j’aime beaucoup les séries faites avec minilabo(que j’ai avec moi),et aussi la série sakura..en fait difficile de choisir…les motifs comme les vagues,les feuilles..mes préférences concernent la nature..les animaux.
    Pour les couleurs,surtout les pastels..Le bleu étant ma couleur préférée..
    Votre monde créatif est plein de poésie, d’imagination et c’est pour moi une bouffée d’air…et aussi j’ai découvert le papier japonais qui est extraordinaire,surprenant..
    J’adore les lampes en papier.,les plissés..

    En attendant de vous suivre sur Instagram,
    Bon réveillon du nouvel an..


  • Géraldine

    Un bonheur par procuration de t’imaginer tout au long de ce processus créatif. A mon avis c’est la partie de ton travail que tu préfères ! Est-ce que je me trompe ?


  • Agnès seigland

    Moi j’aime beaucoup feuilles baies et fruits le rose clair avec la pointe de turquoise clair. Bonne soirée à tous. Agnès la bretonne 💙


  • Marie

    Bonjour
    Merci pour cet article très intéressant.
    Ça doit être gratifiant de recevoir le papier, de le tenir dans ses mains en se disant qu’il sort de son imagination.
    J’adore cet univers très coloré et poétique. C’est très difficile de choisir à chaque commande mais mon préféré reste “feuilles baies et fruits” ( toutes les couleurs😊)ou “vagues et ecume” bleu nuit et or.


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