May Video Program
Screenings: May 18, 10am
May 23, 4:30pm
"Endless Possibilities with Washi"
Laura Felt - Washi Crafter and Ikenobo Professor
For some, creating with washi paper might be challenging. Not so for Laura Felt who can cover most anything with washi paper. Working with washi is easy when you follow Laura’s start to finish instructions for covering napkin rings, ornaments, and tissue boxes wish washi paper. Don’t forget to check out her list of materials (including ordering washi paper on the internet), and step-by-step directions for
all three items she demonstrates in the video.
Instruction and materials needed for these projects:
In the video you will be watching Laura with her vast experience, who will be guiding you through three projects. 1. Napkin rings 2. Washi ornament (two styles) 3. Tissue box
MATERIALS NEEDED Below are the materials you will need to collect or purchase prior to seeing the video. • Washi (和紙) is traditional Japanese paper. The word "washi" comes from wa meaning 'Japanese' and shi meaning 'paper'. The term is used to describe paper that uses local fiber, processed by hand and made in the traditional manner. Washi is made using fibers from the inner bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub (Edgeworthia chrysantha), or the paper mulberry (kōzo) bush. As a Japanese craft, it is registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. Washi – Purchase Yuzen or Chiyogami style, Size: 24” x 36” or smaller pieces can be found in a local paper store or Amazon. Always check the size prior to ordering online.
Website links: Mulberry Paper and More or Washi Arts or etsy.com create your design
- Rice glue (続飯, sokui) is a gel or liquid adhesive made of a smooth mush of well-cooked white rice, diluted to the desired thickness with water. It has been used since antiquity for various arts and crafts. (make your own, buy or order online) May be purchased online using these links Amazon Rice Paste Powder (mix 2 tsp with 1 ¼ Cup water); Yasutomo-Nori Paste; Yamato Nori
- Rice Sticking Paste. You can make your own with the Recipe below or watch this video on YouTube. How to Make Rice Glue, Instant Rice Paste Recipe Japanese Rice Glue comes in a powdered form and is mixed with water. It can be stored in the refrigerator. It is not sticky, dries clear and is water-soluble. It won’t stain clothing.
Ingredients ¾ cup dry sushi rice 1 cup water ¼ cup warm water 1 tsp. antiseptic such as Listerine, Electric blender
- 2 Instructions • Measure rice into a bowl with a ½ cup water • let stand overnight • Pour mixture in blender adding ¼ cup warm water • Liquify for 5 minutes – ensure there are NO lumps • Pour mixture into a saucepan adding remaining ½ cup water • Cook for 5 minutes stirring constantly. (Do not microwave.) • Remove from heat and cool • Add the antiseptic to prevent spoilage • Store in the refrigerator.
• Polycrylic (Minwax® Polycrylic™) Protective finish paint which is crystal clear, ultra-fast-drying and a protective topcoat. Choose from flat, satin, semi-gloss or gloss for your desired finish. Can be purchased at hardware store, Walmart or online at Amazon in various finishes.
• Small paint brush – similar to a basting brush for applying glue
• Scissors -- One pair 7-8 inches and One pair for detailed cutting 4.5 inches (your Chen Scissors would work nicely.)
• Pencil – No2 Lead
• 12-Inch Ruler or T-Square (if you have one)
• Measuring tape (Inches)
• Brown paper bag or brown paper (The glue sticks to plastic and newspaper.)
• Egg Carton - Styrofoam Only -- not cardboard (for resting items while drying)
Specific Materials needed for the Napkin Ring Project • You will need the above materials • Washi 10”x12” piece • One or more card-board tubes from fabric rolls, aluminum foil or plastic wrap. (Toilet paper or paper towel tubes are not sturdy enough for napkin rings)
Specific Materials Needed for The Ornament Project • You will need the above materials • Washi 10”x12” piece for patchwork ornament • Washi 11”x5 piece for “picket fence” ornament • Smooth Styrofoam balls 6-8 inches Amazon.com/Smooth Foam Balls • Ornament Caps can be found at Walmart or you can use an eye-hook
Specific Materials for Tissue Box Project • You will need the above materials and • A wooden tissue box cover (boutique style or regular style) o Boutique Style: Michaels.com Tissue Box Cover or Amazon TissueCover or Regular Style: Amazon Regular Tissue Box Cover
BEFORE THE ONLINE CLASS • Purchase and arrange all materials in a space with good lighting where you can watch the video instructions. • Use the paper bags to cover your work area.
Hints from Laura: • The box for the tissue cover can be found in thrift stores • Laura purchases the “satin balls” from Sandy’s Christmas Shop (704-471-0015), Shelby, NC 6 for $1. Just in case you want to order from them.