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25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 9

Woven Paper Lanterns created during one of my workshops

Woven Paper Lanterns created during one of my workshops

The April project in the Twelve Months of Paper calendar features a paper weaving that can be displayed as a wall or window hanging or a lantern. See those little cut-outs? There’s a simple trick to making those, and when these lanterns are illuminated, those little shapes allow the light to shine brighter.
There’s a clever hinge (if I do say so myself) that can be used to hang the piece or connect the two ends to form the cylindrical lantern.
The two papers used in this project are Japanese. The green paper is a called Mingei and it comes in a variety of colors. Mingei is a laminated paper – used in Japan for book covers – it is nice to the touch and flexible. The top layer is kozo– which is why the colors are so intense – and the bottom layer is wood pulp. The yellow paper is Tatami, also available in a variety of colors. Both papers can be purchased through Washi Arts.


About the 25 Days of Paper 2016: It’s a great time to celebrate paper, and I’m delighted to share my ideas for using this amazing material with you. If you’d like more info about the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, click here. Receive these blog updates via e-mail by adding your address in the upper right hand corner of this page. Enjoy the season, and feel free to leave a comment below and check out what people are making in the 25 Days of Paper FB Group!

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