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Top Layer Use any type of beautiful paper you like for the top layer of

Handmade paper comes in a wide variety of styles. It may

your paper piece. Paper comes in countless textures, colors,

be made from rags, straw, bark, wood, vegetables or other

hues and shapes. You can use scraps of paper you have

fibrous materials. There are dozens of companies worldwide

saved from cards, presents or packages. You can also use

that sell handmade paper. There are also online tutorials for

paper you picked up in bazaars, markets or specialty paper

making handmade paper yourself.

shops. Paper is available in hobby shops and craft stores, as well as office supply stores and gift shops.

Origami paper is Japanese paper that comes in various square dimensions. The standard size is 6 x 6" (15 x 15 cm).

Batik paper is vibrantly colored paper made by dipping

Made of long fibers, it is strong, flexible, dense and thin.

knotted washi paper in dye. It is inspired by traditional batik

Origami paper comes in a vast assortment of colors and

fabric design. (Fig. 2)

traditional Japanese prints. (Fig. 4)

Decorative paper napkins are available in an endless

Washi paper is a type of thin handmade paper from Japan, also

variety of prints, designs, colors and sizes. They are easy

known as wagami or rice paper. Made in a traditional manner

to find in kitchen stores, art supply stores and online. Most

from a variety of trees and grasses, it has a wonderful texture.

decorative napkins have several layers, but only the top layer

Washi comes in a wide variety of colors, patterns and textures

is decorated. This is the layer you’ll be using for your work.

and may contain materials such as dried leaves and flowers,

(The other layers can be used to make paper pulp.) (Fig. 3)

or sprinkles of gold and silver dust. Washi paper can become doughy when brushed with PVA glue, so apply it sparingly.

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