April 15, 2019

The Complete Guide to the Chigiri-e Tool Kit: PART 2

What is your definition of an excellent craft tool? A tool that fits comfortably in your hand? A tool that provides control for accuracy? Yes, those are important elements of a fine tool. We also think that an excellent craft tool is something you will be able to enjoy years of continued use; it is incredibly significant when thinking about investing in a craft tool.

In the previous blog post of “The Complete Guide to the Chigiri-e Tool Kit: PART 1," three excellent tools for creating Chigiri-e were presented: the stylus pen, tweezers, and paperclips. 

Today we are going to introduce four more excellent tools we highly recommend!

Paintbrush: A paintbrush is used to apply glue and arrange fibers in Washi. This flat bristled brush is ideal for creating Chigiri-e because you can use the flat side to work wide spaces while the edges to corners and narrow lines. The thick full bristles work well to get individual strands of Washi fibers in place. The bristles are held to the ferrule firmly so you do not have to worry about hairs staying behind in your glue. When you are done creating Chigiri-e, rinse the brush gently under running water and let it dry. With proper care, this brush will last for a long time to come.


Water Brush Pen: The Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush is used to bring out even more fibers in the Washi, or to elongate the fibers. You can simply fill water in the barrel and it is ready to use. It also comes in handy when you need to remove chalk marks from the artboard. This versatile pen/paintbrush is also great for your painting projects with watercolors, inks and markers to spread and smooth colors. The manufacturer, Pentel is a Japanese company with more than seventy years of history known for producing high quality and durable stationary products.


Teaspoon and Saucer: The stainless steel teaspoon is used for measuring the amount of glue and water at a ratio of 1 to 3. The plastic saucer is small and lightweight but has an enough well to hold diluted glue for any Chigiri-e project. Just rinse with running water any residual glue from your spoon and saucer after use, and they will keep their brand new looks for a very long time.


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



A Great Time at the Scrapbook Expo In Virginia

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We have been on the road! On June 21st and 22nd, Japanese Creations was at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo held in Chantilly, a beautiful town of Fairfax County in Virginia. To come out and take part in such a lively show was exciting for us!


Make A Difference With Your Handmade Cards

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We get cards on birthdays, holidays, and special occasions. Even though there are tons of cards for every occasion commercially available and on shelves at a local store, there is no denying that a handmade card is the best way to show loved ones how much you care. Here are some simple ideas of card making using Japanese Creation’s trial Chigiri-e kit.


Summer Fun For The Family With Asian Arts and Crafts

June 13, 2019

Summer is here and that means that the kids will be out of school and ready to have some fun. Looking for something fun that the whole family can do together this summer? Try your hand at a traditional Japanese arts and crafts project! Regardless of skill level, your family will love these colorful projects and you will love keeping them busy and engaging with them all summer!


Join us at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Chantilly, VA next week!

June 11, 2019

One of the most frequently asked questions to us is where they can see our products in person. We are not affiliated with brick-and-mortar stores but here is your chance! We will be at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Chantilly, VA next week!


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