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Crane, Moon and Lotus

After an all-too-long hiatus, I got myself together and put new work online. Between this post I cut lots of paper, used lots of blades, and hopefully you’ll see some new inspiration in my work. There’s a good mix of Judaic and secular pieces. Please visit my shop and let me know what you think!


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Origami Paper

A rainbow of origami paper

My friends think it’s sick how much I talk about paper, but there’s a lot to talk about – especially when you’re looking for beautiful decorative material for paper cuts. Sometimes a special, unique paper may be the key feature that makes the piece work. In addition to paper cuts, different types of paper are used to make a huge variety of craft, which you can often see on paper specialty sites like Papermojo. I use various kinds of handmade and specialty papers in my artwork for backgrounds, decoupage details, and insets. .One of my favorite choices is Origami paper because of its many patterns, quality, and overall beauty. Here are some basics about various kinds of Origami paper.

kami paper

Simple, inexpensive kami

Kami paper, sometimes known as koi paper, is the easiest to find and cheapest to buy. It’s the kind you get with a simple origami kit like you’ll find at Dick Blick art supply store.  You’ll often find it at crafts, toy stores, specialty origami , or paper goods sites like  or origami sites like origami papersand books.com. This thin, easy to fold paper is usually printed only on one side, with a solid color or pattern. Patterns range from very simple gradations from one color to another, or be a complex abstract or floral pattern, sometimes with foil embellishments. Kami comes in several sizes, but standard sizes include 75 × 75 mm (about 3 × 3 inches), 6-inch squares and 10-inch squares.

Foil paper

Foil paper adds bling

Foil paper is slightly more expensive, and certainly flashier. It is composed of a thin layer of foil adhered to an extremely thin sheet of paper. You usually find packets in silver and gold, but there are multi-color packets as well. Remember, a little foil goes a long way!

washi paper

Washi adds pattern and pop

Washi is a much more expensive thick Japanese paper which has long, pulpy fibers and a soft texture. You can find it in art and paper stores such as Papyrus, art stores such as Pearl Art,  some stores specializing in Japanese goods like Coco Wasabi . Also look for shops specializing in origami, such Mosaic Mouse or the Washi Paper Shop on the Etsy craft site.

The term Washi literally means Japanese paper (wa=Japanese shi=paper). Originally it referred to Japanese handmade paper produced in a traditional manner, but Washi is now often machine produced. Inclusions of flowers, leaves, grass, seeds, string, and other small decorative items are common for washi, adding to the random and handmade appearance of the finished craft. Washi can also be printed on, and has a uniquely shiny, uneven and occasionally transparent texture.

Chiyogami paper

Chiyogami for ultimate style

Chiyogami is Washi paper that has been hand stenciled or printed with traditional Japanese imagery using bright colors and patterns.The word Chiyogami comes from the roots chiyo (thousand generation) and gami (paper). Appearing during the Edo period, Chiyogami was traditionally used to craft paper object, especially dolls. It gained tremendous popularity among origami fans because it offered a great visual presences and was less costly then some of the other Washi papers at the time. It still remains a favorite among folders and adds a richness to art using paper.

Origami Bubbles

Papercut featuring Origami

To sum up, when you look for a special paper for your project, do consider the various types of Origami paper that are widely available from many sources. You’ll add vibrance, interest, and a bit of eye candy to whatever you are working on

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