Washi Intensive: Create A Master Paper Reference





Instructor: Linda Marshall
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $30.00
Length of workshop: 1 day

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019



Workshop description:

Spend an entire day learning about washi, its 1400 year history, and the extraordinary range and types of papers. During this hands on, in-depth workshop you’ll learn about the various fibers, why and where they are grown, and how the fiber is prepared that makes a difference in the paper. We’ll look at handmade papers of kozo, gampi, and mitsumata. Some of the papers use Japanese fiber and others imported fiber; we’ll spend time understanding the difference in feel and performance. We’ll look at machine made papers, sized papers, dyed papers, backed papers, and paper with inclusions. We’ll learn how to identity paper by feel, and get to know washi by its fiber content and production method rather than by name (as the names can be misleading). Since most good paper has to be ordered online these days, we’ll examine a range of paper weights to better understand what to expect when you order a new paper for a project. After a lunch break, we’ll look at decorated papers — chiyogami / yuzen, katazome-shi (stencil printed papers) and discuss their historical and contemporary uses. Testing will include coating the papers for protection as well as adhesive basics (jin shofu wheat starch paste / rice paste / funori, konnyaku). We’ll created laminated papers to be used for covers and light boxes. Over the course of the day we’ll undertake mark-making as media testing on the papers so you’ll leave with a great studio reference. Toward the end of the day we’ll create a simple stab bound book of all of the test/sample pages, using traditional Japanese tools and thread. This workshop will include a fabulous range of Japanese papers which you’ll test on, and will include a written description of the source of the paper, the fiber, its uses and properties which will be bound into your sampler. You’ll be inspired to use these beautiful papers in every aspect of your artwork.

Materials/equipment to be supplied by students:
favorite media to use for testing – acrylics, pastels, pencil, crayon, inks, watercolor, markers
cutting mat 
cutting knife 
steel ruler 
folding tool
post it notes 
note paper

Students are welcome to bring Japanese papers they have in their own “stash” to work with and identify

Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
Japanese paper samples and descriptions 
examples for inspiration 
adhesives / starch pastes 
Japanese binding cord
Japanese awls 
landscape cloth