JAPANESE PAPER ART: Make a Paper Bowl with Japanese Paper
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
For a 20-25cm diameter bowl:
Blow up a balloon to 20-25cm or cover a bowl with soft plastic bag (such as for grocery produce) and tape in place on underside.
Invert balloon or bowl. For this project you will be using the outer surface as a form.
For Balloon Method, place knotted end into a stabilizer like an empty yogurt container or smaller bowl. For Bowl Method, turn bowl upside down onto a flat top canister or jar tall enough so that the edge is raised for your work surface.
Pour 1⁄2 cup Tri-Art Découpage into a wide mouth vessel for dipping brush into. Thin with a few drops of water and stir.
Tear strips of your favourite Japanese paper (such as Kozo, Chiri, or Gampi) into strips. Note that for a smoother texture, thinner strips will conform to the shape of the balloon or bowl much more easily. For a rougher, more organic style, tear randomly thin and thicker strips.
Fill pan or plastic tub with warm water, 5-10cm deep. Soak strips in water for 30 min. Remove strips from ‘bath’ and blot excess water with blotter or a towel.
Paint Tri-Art Découpage onto the outer surface of the inverted balloon or bowl (towards its widest point). Smooth each strip, one by one onto the ‘podged’ surface and brush with more Podgie to smooth and even out, sticking to the contour. Work in layers, letting each full layer of strips to dry before following with the next. The more layers, the stronger the bowl.
Cure overnight. Once ‘bottom’ is dry, invert and remove from ‘mold’ by releasing from plastic covered bowl or popping the balloon.
Adaptations: Tease out fibrous strips with fingers for a more natural edge. Accelerate drying time between layers with hairdryer or fan (bowl method only). Paint exterior, interior or both. Sign bottom for personal touch.
Be creative. Look for materials in unexpected places. These rim details are made with feathers and expired dryer sheets!