Au Papier Japonais


Blue on Blue: Cyanotype Images on WashiADD TO CART
Tanha Gomes
Wednesday January 30, 2019 | Saturday April 18, 2020

A simple printmaking process bypassed by technology, but here revived as a new creative tool for producing altered images.
       This venerable photographic printing process that produces cyan-blue prints when exposed to sunlight. Originally, this technique was used as an affordable way of copying notes and diagrams in the 1800s and is also known as a “blueprint” (more familiar in reproducing architectural drawings) but today it is used by artists world-wide for its nostalgic and delicate qualities while producing sharp and faithful images.
       During this workshop, you will explore how to use this photosensitive solution on washi in order to make images from digital negatives, existing photos and other everyday objects, giving you an entirely new range of images to work with.

FREE LECTURE: Washi Exhibition:
The Paper that is Art Itself!
Stan Phillips & Lorraine Pritchard
Thursday October 24, 2019

It’s natural to expect to see a Rembrandt, Picasso or a Hokusai hanging in a gallery, but from our point of view, equally deserving are a Hosakawa, a Seikosen Kozo or a Sekichu Tsuro Banshi! Or for that matter any of the exquisite designs on Chiyogami or Yuzen.
       Join us for this special “Washi Exhibition” brought to you by the two owners of Au Papier japonais in this wide-ranging evening of exploration. They will “show” a large selection from the over 800 papers at the store to pass around as they explain their qualities and traditional and modern uses as well as “tricks of the trade” for working with it.

Lighten-up! Washi Wireform LampshadesADD TO CART
Stan Phillips
Saturday October 26, 2019 | Saturday February 15, 2020 | Saturday April 25, 2020

Who better to make lampshades for human beings, than other human beings? That luminescent quality of light that passes through washi comes from hand-made, not machine-made, paper by people who infuse into every sheet their expertise, energy and devotion. And who better to use this matchless material called “washi” to make a lampshade than the person who will be seeing by it?
       Students mostly come with their own ideas (or choose from Stan’s models), learn how to straighten coiled wire, assemble the structure, solder the joints and cover it with their choice of the many beautiful papers supplied.
       Find out lots of helpful “tricks of the trade” along the way, and take home something that will give you as much satisfaction as beautiful light!

The Fast Lane: Woodblock-style Prints with Speedy BlockADD TO CART
Indra Singh
Thursday October 31, 2019 | Thursday April 02, 2020

Printmaking by cutting images into a block of wood has a venerable tradition in both Western and Eastern cultures. Such famous by artists such as Albrect Durer and M.C. Escher in the West and Hokusai and Hiroshigi in the East made prints by this method that are among our prized cultural inheritance.
       Trouble is that woodblocks require expensive tools and take quite a long time to cut. That’s why so many people like “Speedy Block” printing. It’s so easy to do and the result looks so much like traditional woodblock prints. “Speedy Block” is a material as easy to cut into as an apple—with modestly priced tools.
       Learn with Indra who uses the technique to produce the graphic Chinese horoscope cards that are so popular in our store. The technique enables you to print on soft surfaces like T-shirts, curved surfaces like cups, or vertical surfaces like walls. In the workshop you will use many different kinds of washi to make prints you can use later for cards, bookplates, labels, or as elements in collage.

Paper Pleasures: Introduction to OrigamiADD TO CART
Indra Singh
Thursday November 07, 2019 | Thursday March 12, 2020

Perhaps many of us think that Origami is for kids and it certainly is. But we may not know that more sophisticated form of Origami can be used to reduce the size of house-sized solar panels for orbiting space stations to the size of a pillowcase in the hands of a master like Robert Lang, Origami expert and consultant to NASA.
       Starting out, you can use simple valley and mountain folds to make birds, dinosaurs, flowers, puppy dogs, planes or the most popular of all, the crane, bearing the connotation, for the Japanese, of every good wish.
       Put a few folded modules together and create a simple cube, a complex star. Pre-crease a sheet of paper and pop out geometric shapes. Or by twisting and pleating, all kinds of intriguing patterns begin to appear seemingly out of nowhere! Indra starts with a few traditional models and gradually helps students discover the more involved and demanding kinds of Orgami to look forward to as skill increases such as Modular Origami and Tesselations.
       This introduction will also help make instructions in origami packages and/or books so much easier to understand once you see how it done in person.

The Paper Pallete: Colouring Washi with Organic DyesADD TO CART
Liesbeth Bos
Thursday November 14, 2019

Why limit yourself to working with existing colours and shades chosen by others when you can create exactly what you imagine and need for your own particular and unique way of working?
       Not only can you get a specific colour if you want, but a delicious blending of many overlapping and intermingling colours using the most receptive and willing surfaces of washi.
       The results are great for collage afterwards, covers of books, to print poetry on, to draw or paint on afterwards, etc. And you can do this all with a clear conscience!
       Natural dyes are about as organic as you can get, and not only give you rich colours that can be combined as suits your taste but avoids the environmental downside of chemical-based media.

Techniques learned: Dyeing with natural powders, such as tumeric, hibiscus flowers, persimmon, and many others easily obtained, exploiting the special characteristics of washi.

Animated Cardmaking: The Pop-upADD TO CART
Kate Battle
Thursday November 28, 2019

Imagine opening what looks like a typical card and it suddenly bursts into scene from Game of Thrones! Well, you’ll have to practice a lot before you’re able to do that, but even beginners will be surprised at how quickly they can make surprising effects that give their cards the “third dimension.”
       Kate will show you a range of techniques that allow you to make cards that “pop-up” into buffalos or bouquets, castles or cornucopias and that can be given for holidays, birthdays or other special occasions.
       You’ll go home with a little catalogue of models that will serve as patterns for future pop-up projects.

Techniques learned: Scoring, fine cutting, folding, creating mechanisms, maquette-making.

In the Spirit of Japanese Gift-WrappingADD TO CART
Indra Singh
Thursday December 05, 2019

Nobody makes the presentation of a gift more important—or beautiful—than the Japanese. How it is wrapped is given just as much thought as the gift itself. Our multi-talented Indra, a self-taught Origami virtuoso, turns her thought to applying the infinite possibility of that art to providing wrapping solutions for your gifts.
       Whether you need to wrap a gift card, a crisp twenty dollar bill, a regular boxed gift or a soft, oddly shaped item, this is the Workshop to show you how.
       Get as much appreciation for the care and imagination you put into presenting the gift as from gift itself.

Green Art: Eco-printing on WashiADD TO CART
Renée Lévesque
Saturday December 07, 2019

You don’t have to be a member of the Green Party to want to see the world have more fresh air, trees, good water, less pollution, etc. Going “green” is good for the world; and it’s equally good for your art making.
       The relentlessly innovative Renée Levesque has created a new course for us this year using botanical materials such as leaves and flowers from your backyard or local garden. With them you will produce colourful prints that are visually beautiful enough to hang on your walls, or incorporate into other projects such as collage, cardmaking, or in this course, into the cover of a book.
       The course begins by humidifying specially chosen washi in a solution to make colours sharper; then your flowers or leaves are arranged on many different sheets paper that are then bound together tightly and boiled. While this process is taking place, students will be taught how to make a Coptic-style journal and cover it with Eco-printed papers already made and brought to the course.
       Finally, the bound bundles are ready to be separated, the original leaves removed and finished beautiful Eco-printed papers taken home.

The Cutting Edge: High Contrast Images on WashiADD TO CART
Danielle Shatz
Thursday December 12, 2019

Sometimes thought of as simply a part of the process of making stencils, cut paper is an artform in itself with a long history of producing works of beauty, delicacy and visual power. Effectively, an Exacto knife replaces pen or pencil, with which you will “draw” on a variety of colours of washi, cutting out lines and shapes, experimenting with positive and negative spaces. The resulting images can stand on their own or be enhanced by additional colours behind the cut lines, or that can be projected onto other surfaces.
       Danielle, an enthusiastic paper cutter herself, will show you how to create striking designs and art works from this time-honoured practice while simultaneously strengthening your compositional sensitivity in perceiving positive and negative spaces.
       Participants will create their own templates using both flat and folded paper cutting techniques or may experiment with creating works from those provided.

Au Naturel: Organic Techniques for Image Transfer ADD TO CART
Renée Lévesque
Saturday December 14, 2019

One of the great features of our times for most of us is our ability to move from place to place easily and inexpensively. Another is our love of images and increasing ability to take them on our digital devices by the truckload. And we’ve discovered how much fun it is to play with them as well via Photoshop, etc. But does this mean that all the images we love on printed media must stay in one place for ever? No, because there’s a way to extract any printed image and incorporate it into a painting, drawing, collage, cover a journal or combine it with others.
       With inexpensive and ready-to-hand materials, you can incorporate virtually any image that exists in a printed form into your artwork either in its original form, or altered during the transfer process to produce different effects. Renée will show you how to transfer images using natural oils, gesso and acrylic medium, as well as how to transfer onto canvas and "mousseline" for support. Bring along colour or black and white photocopies or computer prints to experiment with.

Paper Workout: Origami TessellationsADD TO CART
Indra Singh
Thursday December 19, 2019

Yes, this course is not for the faint of heart! It takes a lot of concentration and patience, but oh, is it worth it!! (So say those who put the effort into it.)
       Origami Tessellations turns a flat sheet of paper into a multi-faceted geometric surface. In this course Indra delves into the depths of “corrugated tessellations”. This kind of tessellation results in repeating-patterns with deep valley and mountain folds that actually “breathe”—articulating much like the action of an accordion.
       In some ways somewhat simpler than regular, flatter tessellations, this kind turns a sheet of paper into a true three dimensional “objet d’art”, suitable for mounting on a wall, as a table piece, to improve your Origami skills or to dazzle friends.

Japanese Monoprints and LinocutsADD TO CART
Adeline Rognon
Saturday January 18, 2020

Japanese prints are sought and admired around the world for their sophistication, subtlety and artistic beauty. These have been done by cutting images into woodblocks, but much of the same effect can be achieved using linoleum blocks that are much easier to cut.
       Usually many of exactly the same prints are made, but the same process can be used for more purely artistic and creative purposes to make one-of-a-kind images. These are called Monoprints, often called a “printed painting”.
       In this Workshop, students will cut images into linoleum blocks and print them onto the receptive surfaces of washi chosen for this technique. Impressions from this matrix will be transferred onto the paper using a variety of simple tools such as barens and bamboo, spoons and wooden styluses. Additional prints will be made, experimenting with different backgrounds, but no two will be exactly alike.

Airborn: Origami Crane Mobiles ADD TO CART
Indra Singh
Thursday January 23, 2020

Our souls need to soar and so do Origami cranes! You can help them take off and at the same time make a beautiful, kinetic sculpture that will animate any room (and delight any child).
       The crane in Japanese culture is a symbol for every good wish you can imagine—good health, long life, success, happiness, etc., so it’s no wonder they are given so freely and are one of the first things you make when you learn Origami. And what could be better than a flock of cranes flying gracefully together in your home wishing you good things?
       This is actually a two-for-one course, as students will learn basic Origami folding techniques (and therefore, it’s suitable for beginners) as well as the fundamentals of design, balance and suspension that go into making a mobile.

Techniques learned: Review of basic principles of Origami, folding various forms using different Japanese papers; working out the balance, weight and clearance challenges involved with mobile making.

Suminagashi: Japanese Paper MarblingADD TO CART
Ally von Zadora-Gerlof
Thursday February 13, 2020

This is what strikes us when we open a high quality, hard cover book from the past—the inside cover and first page adorned with multi-coloured, swirling patterns.
       We call it “marbling”, but the Japanese use a similar technique for making wonderfully intricate, multi-coloured, patterned papers.
       They call it “suminagashi”, and the results reflect the refinement and subtlety for which the Japanese are famous. It’s done on “washi” which gives a softer quality to the colours.
       An ideal covering for books, flyleaves, boxes, on cards and invitations, or in collage.

Techniques learned: Differences between “suminagashi” and marbling, use of acrylics and other inks, substances for separating the colour from the water, use and making of tools, mixing colours, and creating designs.

Konnyaku-tough: Even Stronger Washi!ADD TO CART
Lorraine Pritchard
Thursday February 20, 2020

Leave it to the Japanese to figure out that a condiment somewhat like the jelly we spread on toast can give ordinarily strong washi extra strength. (It is often served as a side dish in fine Japanese cuisine.)
       It’s an impressive thing what this substance called Konnyaku (Devil’s Tongue Root) can do to strengthen paper.
       Learn how to use it to give washi more body and resistance—to make it actually more like cloth—and how it can be used as a sizing. It can then be used in bookbinding and to make wallets, pillows, clothing or other applications where you need a super-strong paper.

Techniques learned: Properties of Konnyaku, achieving maximum penetration into the paper, how to add further strength by crumpling, using Konnyaku as sizing in preparation for dyeing and other wet techniques.        

Give Wings to Washi: The Art of Japanese Kites ADD TO CART
Robert Trépannier
Thursday April 09, 2020

Elevate your idea of what art is!
       Join Robert whose imagination soars as high as his kites. He’s a professional artist who in his own work uses the lofty form of the kite as his medium, and a professional kite maker who attends dozens of international kite festivals all over the world each year.
       It’s a workshop where art and craft meet in intimate embrace. First you will learn how to make the "backbone" of a kite out of split bamboo, then cover it with washi. Finally, Usukuchi or other Japanese papers chosen for this course, offers you its receptive surface for a painting using ink or watercolour.
       As well as for adults, it’s an excellent course for a parent and older children to do together.

Techniques learned: Structural principles, use of bamboo and other woods for the frame, properties of suitable paper, covering procedures; use of kite surface as an artistic medium.

One-of-a Kind: Gelatin-based MonoprintingADD TO CART
Renée Lévesque
Saturday April 11, 2020

There is no question that a monoprint is a unique experience. There will never be another exactly like it.
       Monoprinting is thought of as the most painterly of all printing processes and the result is described as a “printed painting”. Hence its popularity with artists as a further means of creative expression, but also less complicated entrance into the world of printmaking in general.
       Rather than making multiple prints of the same image as in lithography, etching, woodblock printing, etc., the impression made from the plate is one of a kind. Subsequent prints can be made from the same plate, but no two impressions will ever be exactly the same.
       While there are several ways of making the plate from which the print is taken, this course offers the easiest technique using a gelatin-based medium. Plates are prepared in advance, leaving more time for experimentation, but full instructions are provided so you can prepare them yourself at home afterwards and continue to pursue this intimate means of making art, with non toxic water-based colours and other easily obtainable materials.