Did you know March is National Craft Month?
Let’s celebrate this month doing things you love. Making arts!
Many studies have examined the psychological effects of the arts on people. Arts can help reduce stress, provide positive emotion, grow and improve ourselves, and stimulate brain development in young children.
A recent study* even showed that people who engaged in the arts more frequently had a 31% lower risk of dying early when compared to those who didn’t.
*University College London, December 2019
Just as you make time to eat well, exercise, and get a good sleep at night, make time for pursuing creative endeavors to live healthier!
A Japanese art that utilizes the characteristics of Washi paper is Chigiri-e, a hand-torn paper collage. Gluing torn pieces of Washi paper piece by piece onto an artboard, you can make a beautiful watercolor-like artwork.
Etegami is a folk art very popular across Japan with approximately two million practitioners. With black sumi ink and colorful gansai paint, you will draw a close-up image with lively lines on a postcard-sized card. Etegami can be sent in the mail to share, enjoyed as decoration for your house, or kept in a journal for your own pleasure.
Originally fancywork of upper-class women in the seventeenth century, the art of Chirimen transforms beautiful and distinctive scraps of textured crepe fabric into adorable, hand-sewn pouches and ornaments.