In order to continue our series of articles on Japanese paper, I wanted to focus today on one of the essential subjects: its different uses!
I already told you in my previous article “Japanese WASHI paper” , Japanese paper has multiple qualities, such as its flexibility and resistance, which make it an ideal paper for creative hobbies such as origami for example or even cardboard and binding... In this new article, I will present to you the variety of uses of washi and more particularly those of Japanese yuzen chiyogami paper, the one that we mainly sell in the store.
If you would like to discover our previous articles on Japanese paper, I invite you to visit the links below:
- “Japanese WASHI paper” to learn more about Japanese paper, its manufacturing method and its specificities and some of its possible uses.
- “Coloring Japanese paper” to discover our work coloring Japanese papers as well as our colored exclusives.
Let's move on, without further ado, to the different possible uses of Japanese paper!
This is one of our main uses for Japanese paper! Thanks to its fineness and flexibility, it is a paper that is perfectly suited to origami. It marks the folds well while offering a robust result.
Kirigami is the art of cutting paper (from kiri , to cut, and kami/gami , to paper). Using sharp cutting tools, it is very easy to cut Japanese paper to obtain clean cuts and thus create pretty kirigami works.
Due to its manufacturing method, Japanese paper does not have a particular weft direction. This makes it an ideal paper for cardboard! The paper can be oriented in the direction you prefer.
- THE BINDING
It was when I made photo albums that I started using Japanese paper! Its absence of frame allows it to be worked with ease and ease, just like for cardboard. Once again, the paper can be oriented in the direction you prefer depending on your creative project.
- THE CARTERIE
Thanks to its varied patterns and shimmering colors, Japanese paper is perfect for creating cards. It is enough in itself! This is why I like to offer you assortments of colorful Japanese papers on our greeting cards handcrafted in our workshop.
Due to the variety of colors and patterns available, Japanese paper is ideal for scrapbooking ! It will allow you to highlight your photos according to a colorful range, a theme, an occasion...
I also like to use Japanese paper to customize a whole bunch of everyday decorative objects. Indeed, it is a paper that adheres well to many surfaces such as wood, cardboard or even metal. It can therefore be used to customize various objects: tea boxes, tissue boxes, storage boxes, pencil holders, small decorative elements, etc.
- FURNITURE RENOVATION
Japanese paper can also be used to dress and add a touch of color to furniture that you wish to renovate: drawer bottoms, bookcase shelves, buffet doors, etc.
- WALL COVERING OR WALL DECORATION
Japanese paper is a paper which does not warp on contact with glue and which applies very well to large surfaces. It can therefore be used as wallpaper. On top of that, the variety of colors and patterns makes it a decorative paper par excellence!
- LIGHTING MANUFACTURING
This is one of the many uses for Japanese paper that we have at the store! It is applied to adhesive polyphane, a plastic material which stiffens and protects the paper from heat as well as diffusing light.
- THE CREATION OF JEWELRY AND ACCESSORIES
Japanese paper is a decorative paper par excellence! It is therefore perfect for creating jewelry and small accessories: earrings, pendants, pocket mirrors, etc.
Japanese paper can also, if it is virgin, be used for the restoration of screens for example but also for calligraphy or even screen printing. It is important to take care of the nature of your Japanese paper depending on the use you wish to make of it.
I hope you enjoyed this new article and answered your questions about the many uses of Japanese paper. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to let us know in the comments! We will be happy to answer them :)
See you soon for new creative articles!
And you ? How do you use Japanese paper?