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Verra’s Paper Picks of the Week: Japanese Chiyogami and Kinwashi


I recently put up a display in the paper department of Japanese chiyogami papers (also known as Yuzen in the U.S.).   Chiyogami papers feature intricate, silkscreened patterns on machine made sheets of mixed kozo and sulphite.  The pattern choices are truly amazing with a huge range of themes & designs: birds, florals, geometrics, symbols and more.  The pattern size is small, the color saturation is striking, and the registration is spot on.   I can tell you first hand that once you feel and see this paper, the ideas for possible applications will flow.  We’ve even had customers buy a sheet and take it directly to Kate to have it custom framed…they’re that beautiful!

Sheets are 26×39″ (and we do sell them in half sheets, too).




I can still remember the day, like it was yesterday, when I bought my first decorative sheet of paper.  It was the lovely Japanese Kinwashi in the Natural color. To be honest with you, the hardest part of the purchase was deciding between natural or white- they’re both so lovely!  At that time, I was making handmade greeting cards and needed to create a gauze effect with a natural look, and Kinwashi was perfect…even better than I expected!

Carol Spohn recently taught a class using Kinwashi as a collage paper with watercolors. The results her class got were really inspiring.  It’s really fun to work with lightweight, yet durable paper like Kinwashi!

Kinwashi is machine made with manila hemp and mixed kozo fibers. Sheets are 24×36″ and it comes in white and natural.

verrapaperblogMy name is Verra Blough, and I have been the Paper Department Manager at Wet Paint for 25 amazing years.  Wet Paint stocks over 20,000 individual sheets and 2,000 unique styles of paper, including papers from all over the world: China, Canada, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Philippines, Portugal, Thailand, and the USA.  We have some locally made ones, too!

Whether you’re looking for a surface for drawing, painting or printmaking, or a decorative sheet for bookbinding, invitations, or collage, I have the good fortune of seeing all of them and working with many of them…it would be my pleasure to help you find the perfect paper for your project.   With that in mind, I will be  blogging about paper each week, highlighting some of my favorites, as well as some helpful hints.  Let’s get started in exploring paper!