Au Papier Japonais
Francais July 22, 2017


FREE LECTURE: Myths, Marvels and Mysteries of WashiADD TO CART
Lorraine Pritchard & Stan Phillips
Thursday September 29, 2016

Why have people in Japan given paper as a gift for centuries, why is washi not “rice paper”, why did Samurai wear it under their armour, why does something like jello make paper stronger, how can paper thinner than a hair be put on a kite and sent up into 50 mph winds and not rip, why is washi the preferred material for artists, conservators, printmakers and bookbinders —these and other wonders of washi are the subject of this opening evening of our 2016-17 Workshop Program.
       Explore this incomparable medium, and raison d’être pour Au Papier japonais, with its two owners in this “show and tell and feel” evening where they will bring a wide selection of the over 800 papers at the store to pass around as they explain their qualities and traditional and modern uses.

Image Transfer using Natural Oils and Applied Techniques ADD TO CART
Renée Lévesque
Saturday October 01, 2016 | Saturday March 18, 2017

Photoshop has revolutionized our ability to manipulate images digitally, but now you can have as much fun playing with images in the real world of physical materials.
       With inexpensive and ready-to-hand materials, 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 beeswax or with heat, using paper, canvas and "mousseline" for support. Bring along color or black and white photocopies or computer prints to experiment with.

Folding Fever: The Origami Experience ADD TO CART
Indra Singh
Thursday October 06, 2016 | Thursday May 11, 2017

Origami is a world in itself. Folding a square piece of paper can result in all kinds of animals, plants, human figures—even faces! A few folded modules assembled together create the most marvellous geometric shapes such as tetrahedrons, dodecahedrons, or dypiramids, and by pre-creasing a sheet of paper, twists and pleats morph into complicated tessellations that seemingly appear out of nowhere!
       While many of us have folded some kind of origami as youngsters, Indra starts with a few traditional models and helps students to discover new origami angles with modules and tessellations. Books are great, but it is so much easier when a model is folded in front of one's eyes! And the instructions in the books become that much easier to understand.
       A personally rewarding leisure activity for adults, children also find it fascinating and love to learn it, thus offering another way for two generations to have fun together.

Techniques learned: Overview of Origami history, principles, and folding techniques.

Easy on the Eyes:
Washi Wireform Lampshades
Stan Phillips
Saturday October 08, 2016 | Saturday February 11, 2017 | Saturday May 20, 2017

Have an ugly, naked light bulb in the middle of the ceiling (doesn’t every apartment?), or a great lamp base made of the Stanley Cup you found at a yard sale, but has no shade, or have a lampshade that not even a mother could love? Help is here!
       Working with easily manipulated wire to make the structure for a wide range of different shapes and forms, and then covering it with washi, results in a lampshade that gives you not only warm illumination that’s easy on the eyes, but also the satisfaction of having made it yourself.
       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 soothe rather than abuse your eyes!

Techniques learned: Straightening galvanized steel wire; choosing strategies for minimizing number of elements; making models; scaling up; assembling into form of one\

Organic Colour: Tinting Washi with Natural DyesADD TO CART
Liesbeth Bos
Thursday October 27, 2016

One of the reasons for the popularity of this course is not only the personally satisfying and beautiful results that you get, but also the fact that you can get them 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.
       The inherent strength and resilience of washi allows you to dye papers with as much richness and intermingling of colour as simply and easily as cloth.
       The results are surfaces that become a reflection of one’s own sensitivities, taste and imagination and can be used afterwards to cover books or boxes, on cards or lampshades or as elements in collage.

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

Woodblock-style Printmaking
with Speedy Block
Indra Singh
Thursday November 03, 2016 | Thursday April 06, 2017

Printmaking is a venerable art form comprising Lithography, Gravure, Etching, Intaglio, Serigraphy and Woodblock—all mostly beyond the reach of most of us unless we’re connected to a professional studio, except woodblock printing, and that’s generally too difficult to cut and requires expensive tools.
       And 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. You don’t have to buy expensive cutting knives and apply all that elbow grease to making one either. “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 the many different kinds of washi to make prints you can use later for cards, bookplates, labels, or as elements in collage.

Suminagashi: Japanese-style MarblingADD TO CART
Renée Lévesque
Thursday November 10, 2016

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.

The Personal Art of CardmakingADD TO CART
Liesbeth Bos
Thursday November 24, 2016 | Thursday February 09, 2017

We have always used cards to express our thoughts and feelings about others; but more and more of us are discovering that a card can be a potent medium of self-expression where inner creativity finds outer form—what some have called “a limitless miniature art form”.
       Fully exploiting the beauty of washi’s multi-coloured, textured or patterned surfaces, you will match, compose and create cards, starting from models to demonstrate basic skills and possibilities—especially designed to reveal many of washi’s hidden dimensions and much to you about yourself.

Techniques learned: Tapping your creative impulse, basic design concepts of theme, colour, composition, tool use, folding, measuring, cutting and pasting.

The Geometry of Paper: Origami TesselationsADD TO CART
Indra Singh
Thursday December 08, 2016

A curious word; an even more curious effect—as a single sheet of paper is transformed into the most elaborate and intricate three dimensional surfaces, resembling in some ways the patterns found in mosaic tiles from which the root “tessellate” is taken.
       Prepare to be amazed, and to be patient: much folding and unfolding is involved, but the final result entirely justifies the effort. And while it’s amazing enough on one side, it’s even more so when you turn it over and see the optical illusion of separate bands appearing to be woven together.
       Those who make origami already can advance their skills, but artists can find in this technique a new element for their work, or cardmakers another means of creating 3-D effects.

Techniques learned: Students will learn about pre-creasing grids, pleat intersections and twists.

Making Japanese Paper even Stronger
Using Konnyaku
Lorraine Pritchard
Thursday January 26, 2017

You can imbue already strong Japanese paper with further formidable properties of durability and toughness that even a Sumo wrestler might envy (without making it put on even one extra pound!)
       It’s an impressive thing what this substance called Konnyaku (Devil’s Tongue Root) can do to strengthen paper. (It’s also impressive that it is one of the side dishes that are served in traditional Japanese cuisine!) Learn how to use it with Lorraine and be able to change ordinarily tough washi into extraordinarily tough washi—actually more like cloth—that can be used in bookbinding and to make wallets, pillows, hats, clothing or other creative 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.

Sculptural Forms in PaperADD TO CART
Marna Chester
Saturday February 04, 2017

Nowhere is the sensuous quality of paper, its malleability, its responsiveness better showcased that in its use as a sculptural material, where it can be formed, cut, shaped and combined into natural objects and images, or abstract dimensional compositions. We are pleased to offer this first time course with Marna who is originally from New York and so will be teaching in English (while she’s learning French!). Her own work in this tactile medium is varied and diverse and has been featured in New York through many seasons of Bergdorf Goodman's window displays, on the Warner Bros. television series, Gotham, and at The Voelker Orth Museum.

       Using exacto blades (and/or scissors), paper and glue, students will explore positive and negative space through forming shapes while thinking about color, light and shadow. Simple tools will be used to make curves, rounded edges and folds to create dramatic finished pieces that open new creative possibilities for artists, bookbinders, sculptors working in traditional media, and anyone who loves to work with paper.

Isabelle Fleurelien
Thursday February 16, 2017

Thanks to Photoshop and apps many of us have delighted in playing around with the pictures we take, changing them just about any way we please. But these images remain mostly in a digital format in our devices or are printed on standard commercial photo paper, thus the warm, subtle, and softer qualities that result when printing on washi have been little explored. Hence, we are pleased to offer this evening’s free demonstration with Isabelle whose lengthy experimentation and intimate relation with washi as an artist ideally equips her to show you what beautiful effects can be achieved. And while Photoshop requires a steep learning curve, the benefits of printing on washi are available to anyone who can pass a sheet of paper through an ink jet printer!

Lift-Off: Origami Crane MobilesADD TO CART
Indra Singh
Thursday March 16, 2017

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 these 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.

Gelatin-based MonoprintingADD TO CART
Renée Lévesque
Saturday April 08, 2017

Monoprinting is the most individual of all forms of printmaking because it’s most like us as human beings. Utterly unique!
       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.
       That’s why monoprinting is thought of as the most painterly of all printing processes and hence is like a printed painting.
       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.

Stencil Art Impressions ADD TO CART
Anna Jane McIntyre
Thursday April 20, 2017

One of the great, unsung methods of printmaking! Some of us remember stencilling when we were kids, or to decorate a room with flower patterns.
       But in experienced and creative hands, it becomes a art medium for serious artists. (Witness the incredibly complex and beautiful designs of Yuzen papers at the store.)
       Anna Jane is just such a serious artist and will help you create your own stencils and stencil tools. You will create textured compositions through diverse applications including blocking, masking, reversing and texturing. No previous experience necessary.

High Contrast Images: Cut-Paper Art ADD TO CART
Anna Jane McIntyre
Thursday May 04, 2017

Modern artists are increasingly using a knife as a brush turning a simple sheet of paper, into hard-edge, dramatic, black and white images.
       Anna, 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.

Going Wild: Montreal’s Inner Wilderness
John MacLeod
Thursday May 18, 2017

Our annual excursion into the open mind of our favourite Professor of Landscape Architecture, keen observer of Montreal life, and innumerable enthusiasms.
       This year, he takes us to the intersection of the past and present as he let’s his sharp eye wander over our urban topography to find those almost invisible remaining sanctuaries where nature persists as it once was before urbanization overtook and tamed our natural environment. And there finding many metaphors about our changing relationship with the natural world. John’s always beautiful and meaningful photos will, along with his astute commentary, offer an evening of visual delights and thoughtful reflection.