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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

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with Pamela Dodds, Nancy Jacobi

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

Tor 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.

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The Joy of Boxmaking with Don Taylor

  • Sat. March 17 10am-4pm.
  • $130 + $15 materials fee + HST

Master bookbinder Don Taylor will lead you through the steps of creating two boxes - one basic open-air box and another lidded one closed with bone clasps, Japanese style. Materials will include handsome hardy lacquered yuzen and colourful decorative chiyogami. You'll leave this very full day, with the inspiration and ability to customize your own future box designs.

Colour, konnyaku and stitch

Encaustic Monoprinting with ERNA dE VRIES

  • Sat. April 7 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • $120 + $20 materials fee + HST

Erna is a certified Enkaustikos instructor working with wax and mixed media. She will lead you through various methods of creating encaustic monoprints with washi while maintaining the integrity of the beautiful Japanese papers. Using pharmaceutical grade beeswax and pigments along with stencils, pastels and transfers, papers can be layered, collaged and transformed into unique works of art.

Encaustic Monoprinting

Rocking the Range of Washi with Ink and Pan Pastels with Sharlena Wood

  • Sunday, April 15 10am - 4pm
  • $120.00 + $20.00 materials + 18.20 hst

With talented, dynamic artist Sharlena Wood, today will be an explorer's bonanza! Using smooth and not-so-messy Pan Pastels and various inks for drawing and painting, you will work on a range of natural and dyed washi that have surfaces which work very well for these 2 media (and others too!) Sharlena did a similar workshop for us last year and the resulting booklets were definitely keepers with lots of blank pages for carrying on at home. She will both inspire and entertain you - guaranteed! Perfect for writers and visual artists of all levels and ages.

Pan Pastel

So Many Possibilities: Going Sculptural with Washi with Libby Hague

  • Sat. May 5, 10am - 4pm
  • $125 +$20 materials + hst

This workshop will show ways to modify Japanese paper to hold 3D shapes and to find freedom and inspiration within your new materials and yourself. You will first have an opportunity to create an interesting palette of your own altered papers and then you will be helped to find a relaxed but focused experimental attitude. Like a lock and key by combining your new materials with close attention, curiosity and sense of discovery, you will be on your way to making 3D paper sculpture.

Going Sculptural with Washi

Perfect Pairings for Drawing and Painting on Washi with Heather Yamada

  • Tuesday May 8, 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • $80 plus $10 materials fee + HST

Fold, pleat, tear and glue beautiful receptive Heritage washi. We'll pair up various media and papers by hand colouring, making lively gestural ink markings and collaging them into surfaces offering surprising and unique harmonious compositions. With these techniques you can create small artworks in themselves or integrate them onto canvas.

Perfect Pairings for Drawing and Painting on Washi

Wet Mounting Washi with with Dao Yan Hu

  • Coming up again in March 2018
  • $65 + HST

This ancient technique used in the East for preparing paintings on thin paper for scroll mounting has myriad uses for any artist working with washi. The skills learned in this workshop can be used to layer images that you've created on thinner washi adding a visual depth that's hard to create any other way. Wet mounting is also useful for adding weight or thickness to work on thinner washi, making it easier to handle for framers or galleries. The resulting heavier papers can also be employed to make sculpture or used wherever a heavier paper is needed.
Participants should bring pieces of their work on thin washi (created using non-water-soluble media) to try with this technique.

Wet Mounting Washi with with Dao Yan Hu

Pattern and Paper: Silk Route Impressions with Pria Muzumdar

  • Wed. June 20 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • $75 + $10 materials + hst
  • Wax rubbing and dyeing of washi.

Create and collect a stash of exquisite papers with Silk Route impressions for collages and other artwork. Delicate yet resilient Japanese Washi papers will be overlaid with antique Indian woodblock rubbings. Designs and colour palettes that developed in India and travelled along the old silk route from China to Egypt will be explored using special inks and high pigment wax pastels. You will have the unique opportunity of using and sharing Pria Muzumdar's exciting Indian wooden print block collection. Bring your own blocks too if you wish!

Silk Route Impressions

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Watch for varying offerings the last Wednesday of every month in 2018. Tours of our special collections, Videos, demonstrations, artist talks, testing papers, for those who want to learn more about using washi in their art.

Exploring Gampi with Sigrid Blohm

  • Wed. Jan. 31 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Free, drop in sessions repeat at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm

The smooth, crisp surface of gampi papers are a delight to work with in printmaking, drawing and painting. Gampi also has a high rate of shrinkage that needs to be taken into account when used with wet media. Find out more about the wide variety of gampi washi we carry and some of their working properties and join in the conversation about why the world loves gampi!

Paper Handling: tips and techniques for working with washi with Sigrid Blohm and JPP staff

  • Wed. February 28, 1-5pm
  • Free, drop in sessions repeat at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm

Slitting vs cutting, recreating a deckled edge, cutting fine tissues without snagging, handling wet paper: these are all little things that can be a big help in making your work with washi easier. Often these techniques are learned here and there as part of other workshops, but for this Washi Wednesday you'll learn them all in one fell swoop!

Treating Washi with Konnyaku

  • Wed. March 28, 1-5pm
  • Free, drop in sessions repeat at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm

Treating washi with Konnyaku starch can make it even more suitable as a material for working with three dimensionally, adding abrasion resistance and memory. Learn how konnyaku is mixed and applied and see an inspiring array of objects from our collection that were made using it.

Washi Dyeing and Surface Design

  • Wed. April 25, 1-5pm
  • Free, drop in sessions repeat at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm

Frustrated that you can't find washi in the colour you want? Learn some ways today to apply solid or variegated colours to your washi, which papers and which media work best for different end uses.

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Other Workshops

Here we list several local workshops led by artists who know and love washi. Please contact us if you know of similar learning opportunities that feature washi and its magnificent potential.

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.

The Toronto School of Art

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.

Open Studio

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.