August 10, 2018

Summer Craft Ideas with Chigiri-e Part 2 - Traditional Japanese Arts and Crafts

"Stained Glass" with Washi Paper

What you need:
Stencil for the frame of your "stained glass" (we picked up a laser cut wooden stencil at a local craft shop, see image below)
Washi paper*
Yamato glue
Tweezers
Stylus
Brush
Cutting mat or cardboard

*Remember, you always have extra Washi left over with our Chigiri-e kits and courses. Don't throw them away and you can make Washi crafts like this one! 
Laser Cut Wooden Stencil

Steps:
1. Lay Washi paper on back on stencil and lightly engrave Washi with stylus. Make sure engraving is done a little bigger than opening of stencil. Have fun choosing color gradients on Washi paper!
Stained Glass_Stylus

2. Engrave deeper on Washi paper with stylus on a cutting mat or cardboard. This will make the hand tearing easier. Hand tear once engraving is enough. Use scissors for tight corners if necessary.
Stained Glass-4

3. Lightly brush Yamato glue on stencil (3:1 ratio of water to glue) and place torn Washi with tweezers.
Stained Glass_Glue  Stained Glass_Glue_2

4. Repeat until all openings are covers with Washi paper.
Stained Glass_Heart

5. You can either prop it up on a window sill or attach a string to hang it on your window
Stained Glass_AllThree

Stained Glass_OnWindow
Stained Glass-15

Stained Glass_Diamond 
Find other summer craft ideas on our blog posts like "Smartphone Cases with Chigiri-e".

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