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Washi Wednesdays -- Find inspiration and discover the wonders of washi with our monthly drop-in.

We do more than just sell paper! We have a passion for sharing our love of Japanese paper and paper arts with the world. Below we list events and workshops that take place at our warehouse, now at 103 The East Mall,Unit 1, Etobicoke, as well as washi-related exhibitions and lectures in the Toronto area.

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Our Creative Offerings for 2018



with Pamela Dodds, Nancy Jacobi

  • 3rd Tuesday of every month, 6:30-8:30pm
  • $15 at the door
  • Please RSVP

To those who like to draw and want to explore some new surfaces, we offer a theme, inspiration through projected images and samples of two different papers each club night. Participants bring their own drawing media. We will provide wonderful papers as always.

Artist Talk: Lorraine Pritchard

  • Wednesday Nov. 14,7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Free for all ages

Lorraine is a longtime friend of the JPP, having first connected as customer 35 years ago, then employee in our first store on Queen St.W and finally as owner/operator of much-loved Au Papier Japonais in Montreal with her husband Stan. Throughout, Lorraine has deepened her appreciation of washi's potential for dialogue with drawing and painting media and shared this knowledge generously and constantly with others . Her output is prolific: works ranging from small intimate pencil drawings on dyed washi, to sumi ink brushed onto thin kozo to large bold acrylic paintings on Heritage washi. She has exhibited extensively in Canada, Europe and Japan and continues to create new bodies of work to express her quiet lively spirit.

Come meet and support the creative lot who make up this merry band of washi-philes!

Sally Ayre Wesley Bates Wendy Batt Brown
Linda Kristin Blix Astrid Ho JPP staff artists
Brian Kelley Barbara Klunder Liz Menard
Loree Ovens eXavier Peterson Dominique Prevost
Michelle Purchase Artists drawing on Washi Pamela Dodds
Agustin Rolando Rojas Elizabeth d'Agostino  

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Online registration will be cut off two business days before each workshop in order to avoid over-booking. Please call 416-538-9669 after that time to check for availability.

Size, Resist & Reassemble: Putting Washi Through its Paces With Loree Ovens

  • Sat. Nov. 3, 10am - 4pm
  • $150 + hst

Learn to create a variety of resist techniques to use on washi. How to create your own stencils will be explored. How to use drawing gum or frisket as a resist on washi and how to remove it properly. We will start by making sample pieces before creating work that combines these techniques. In this workshop we will be working from both sides of the paper using oil and chalk pastels, pencil crayons, acrylic and watercolour. Near the end of the class we will bind the explorations into the form of a small signature book creating your own reference guide for future projects.



Classic Paper Portfolio with Don Taylor

  • Sun. Nov. 25, 10am - 5pm
  • $160 + hst

A safe holder for your small artworks or important papers will have flaps and a tie and be bound with handsome Lacquered yuzen. Finished size: 11 x 17".



Holiday Paper-cuts With Barbara Klunder

  • All day workshop, 10-4, Sunday December 2
  • $150 + hst Beginner and Advanced

In case you missed the last rewarding workshop with this iconic Toronto artist/designer, here is another chance! Come and learn how to design and create charming paper-cuts for your tree, your cards, your windows, or a perfect personal present. With so many fabulous JPP papers to inspire you, Barbara K will, of good cheer, guide your ideas into memorable one-of-a-kind gifts. It's a skill you'll then have forever after. What a gift.

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Jewellery From Silver and Chiyogami with Carolyn Young

  • Wed. Oct.31, 1-5pm
  • Free, drop in to a demo at 1pm, 2:30pm or 4pm
  • Carolyn will demonstrate how to make sculptural earrings and pendants using Chiyogami paper and silver wire.
  • Come and hear Carolyn's take on the use of konnyaku vs. acrylic medium for making 3-dimensional work.
  • Her work will also be for sale!

Transforming Existing Boxes with Japanese Paper with JPP Staff

  • Wed. Nov.28, 1-5pm
  • Free, drop in to a demo at 1pm, 2:30pm or 4pm



The Toronto School of Art has a range of courses in many types of artistic expression, some of which acommodate Japanese paper very well. Visit their website for more info and to register for their courses.

Open Studio is the centre for printmaking in Toronto, and in addition to being a longtime supporter of Japanese paper, offer classes and workshops in different print styles from beginner to advanced. Check out "education" on their website to peruse their latest offerings.

Articulations is an art supply store and workshop space in The Junction in Toronto. They offer a lively selection of workshops for both adults and children to keep you creating all year round.