Art on Paper

Art on Paper

The Sunday Paper #97

Sponsored Paper of the WeekMingei Paper from Washi Arts

Mingei backed kozo unryu · a wonderful Japanese paper for book covers and end papers

Mingei backed kozo unryu* – a wonderful Japanese paper for book covers and end papers

Washi Arts is excited to introduce you to another special Japanese paper – Mingei. This is a laminated paper, used in Japan for book covers. The top layer is kozo which is why the colors are so intense and the bottom or backing layer is sulfite / wood pulp.

Order one sheet of each color and save 25%; OR, order any sheet of Mingei through March 15th and save 15%: enter code MINGEI at checkout

Mingei is nice to the touch and flexible so makes for a special book, especially when bound Japanese style. Often you see Mingei as end sheets in hardbound books in Japan. Other uses for Mingei are box-making, a background for framed artwork and since it prints beautifully is great for a digital paper. Mingei is a 100g paper and is available in twelve colors – beige, chair, dark brown, dark green, deep blue, indigo, ivory, pale blue, lime, orange, pink and yellow. Sheet size is 25” x 37”.

Mingei means “folk craft ” and was the name of an cultural and creative movement at the turn of the 19th century when traditional artisan crafts in Japan began to disappear.


In the Studio:

I confess. I only made it to the studio for a couple of hours this week! I’ve been busy getting a retrospective catalog to the printer, which will be published just in time for my exhibition at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center in April. I should have a web page about the exhibition ready to share with you next week. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at one page spread from the catalog, featuring the beginning of a timeline plus a critical essay by Melissa Potter.


catalog pdf spread


Art on Paper ends today in NYC, but here’s a web page with some amazing images. I hope to one day make it to this fair! 


I love paper globes, in fact I created a limited edition artist’s book called Handle With Care in 2013. Check out this selection of paper puzzles that you will be able to download later this spring. 

Basic Origami Globe/Geografia

Basic Origami Globe/Geografia

This is a lovely story about Moara de Hârtie (The Paper Mill) in Romania. Might be worth a road/plane/train trip!


You’ve probably heard of Robert J. Lang, and I featured his Ted talk on the blog awhile back. His website is an amazing resource for origami enthusiasts, filled with artwork, crease patterns, and more.

© Robert J. Lang

© Robert J. Lang

Here’s a fantastic origami video advertisement that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.  


About our sponsor: Washi Arts sole focus is Japanese papers, tools and supplies for creative artists and businesses. Contact us for recommendation on quality papers for bookbinding, printmaking, box making, book arts, framing, lighting, graphic design, printing and calligraphy.


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1 Comment

  1. dream says:

    This is my first time visit at here and i am actually pleassant to read all at one place.

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