Papercraft Roundup: Chigiri-e, paper cutting, and more

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A lovely example of chigiri-e from the Plum and Bush Warbler kit. Photo courtesy of Japanese Creations.
The cover of Papercut This Book features a sloth, one of the many creatures you can create with this book.
The variety of crafts available in Decorative Paper Crafts makes it appealing to many styles of crafters.
A lovely example of chigiri-e from the Plum and Bush Warbler kit. Photo courtesy of Japanese Creations.

A lovely example of chigiri-e from the Plum and Bush Warbler kit. Photo courtesy of Japanese Creations.

Paper is a wonderful, versatile medium for crafting. It can be torn, folded, painted, layered, and more to create art. As such, papercraft is a diverse category of crafting. We've gathered just a few resources for new and experienced papercrafters to enjoy.



  • Chigiri-e, a beautiful Japanese art form, is newly available from Japanese Creations. "Chigiri" means to shred and "e" means picture, thus, chigiri-e is a torn paper picture. chigiri-e is a picture made of torn pieces. These pictures are made from washi, which is very fibrous Japanese paper, usually hand-made and hand-dyed. It is part of Japan's cultural heritage. The soft, feathery texture of the washi enables you to create realistic or abstract images and to mimic the textural feeling of watercolor painting.

    Japanese Creations offers individual kits that range from $24 to $32 depending on size and complexity. The price includes shipping charges. The kits depict many different subjects, from multiple types of flowers to animals and landscape scenes. All kits come with the appropriate colors of washi and instructions for logging in to their online classroom, where you'll receive video instructions for completing the project. The video instructions are complete and easy to follow.

    Also offered is a complete course package ($190) which includes six chigiri-e kits as well as the starter tool kit, a guide book to making chigiri-e, and access to all the videos in their online classroom. The starter tool kit ($26) is not included in the individual kits and makes the process of making chigiri-e much easier. It includes glue, a paintbrush, a water brush pen, a teaspoon, a saucer, a stylus, paper clips, and tweezers.


  • Papercut This Book, by Boo Paterson, offers step-by-step instructions to create 15 different papercut creatures. The creatures are arranged in order of difficulty, from easiest to most difficult, and include a sloth, an orangutan, a butterfly, and a parrot. The book guides you through scalpel safety, preparing to cut, cutting, repairing mistakes, creating dimension, and mounting your work. In addition to the guide, this book contains 15 templates for cutting, 16 sheets of white paper, and four sheets each of red, orange, yellow, and green paper. In short, Papercut This Book contains everything you'll need to create all 15 papercut creatures (not including the tools).
    (Abrams Books, 2017; $21.99)


  • Decorative Paper Craft, by the Guild of Master Craftsmen, includes 27 projects for origami, paper cutting, and papier mâché. The projects range from pop-up bunny cards to Christmas crackers to papier mâché teacups and more. This book contains step-by-step instructions as well as templates for each project in the back of the book with instructions for scaling them up to the correct size. Paper crafters of all kinds will be sure to find projects that interest them here.
    (Guide of Master Craftsmen Publications, 2016; $14.95)




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