March 29, 2019

The Complete Guide to the Chigiri-e Tool Kit: PART 1

Every crafter knows that the right craft tools can give them the freedom to bring their artistic vision to life.

This tool guide is a collection of all the things that make your Chigiri-e experience easier and more comfortable whether you are a beginner to the unique paper art or experienced in the field.

Dual Tip Stylus Pen

A dual tip stylus pen designed just for Chigiri-e. The sliver steel-tipped end is ideal to make an indentation in any type of Washi paper for tearing or for folding. The plastic tip end is great for tearing out small circles. The rubber grip provides better grip and comfort, and improves performance.



Curved Tip Tweezers 

Because you need to work with fine pieces of Washi paper, you will need a good set of curved- tip tweezers. These tweezers are made in Niigata, which is not only prominent in Japan, but also a world-renowned town in production of forged products. The ergonomic body design and narrow tips allow you to hold even the thinnest piece of paper firmly and with ease. Made of high-grade stainless steel, these tweezers are long-lasting.



Pieces of paper can be inserted between the loops and held together. In Chigiri-e they are called for to keep the tracing template securely in place when you are tracing the design onto the artboard. These tiny essentials that everyone seems to have around the house are included in our Starter Tool Set so that they will be available in a particular place right when you need them!


You can find these fantastic tools in our Japanese Creations’ Chigiri-e Starter Tool Set. 


Find out about other high quality Chigiri-e tools in this wonderful tool set in our next blog coming shortly.


New Chigiri-e Motif: Three Petite Flowers

August 1, 2019

Introducing our new Chigiri-e motif, Three Petite Flowers! It comes with a beautiful wooden frame designed specially for the motif!


Let's Try Chigiri-e for $5 with Japanese Creations' Trial Kit!

July 24, 2019

Having a hobby that you can enjoy for a long time enriches your life. Chigiri-e serves as one of the popular lifelong hobbies to many people in Japan. Have a try to see if you can enjoy Chigiri-e as much as they do!


Do You Take Your Shoes Off Inside?

July 18, 2019

In some countries, it is standard custom. In others, not quite.

I grew up in Japan where taking off your shoes before entering a house is a habitual practice. Japanese houses are designed to have a designated entryway just inside the door that we call genkan. The genkan acts as a boundary between the inside and the outside. At the genkan, we take off our shoes, store them in the built-in shoe cabinet or leave them there if you are a guest, and put on indoor slippers to proceed into the house.


Emojis That Doesn't Mean What You Think

July 11, 2019

July 17th, World Emoji Day, is approaching! Rarely a day goes by that we do not see emojis. They are everywhere. They are not limited in text messages and social media anymore. We see them in press releases, merchandise such as emoji on t-shirts and phone cases, and even in  tattoos. But did you know that the original meanings of some of the emoji were lost in translation?


Subscribe to our Newsletter!

Be the first to know for new arrivals and exclusive discounts.