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Learn Chigirie with Joan Mead-Matsui, my members-only Facebook group, and are online art learning sites created to teach and promote Chigiri-e, the Japanese art of tearing paper to create a collage. 

Sign up for my members-only page and learn Chigirie every day at your convenience. Stop by every week for my Tuesday Chigirie Tip for free tips sheets that support my lessons in the Facebook group. My projects are designed to motivate and inspire you, regardless of your skill level. 

More than 20 years ago, I began my journey with Japanese paper craft following a month-long trip to Japan. Origami was my first stop along my path to creative bliss. That’s when I quit my day job and set up my business, Mrs. Matsui’s Origami (handmade paper creations). was one of the premier gallery and learning sites on the web that offered a shop, gallery, and learning tools for my students and followers. If you want to learn from a Chigirie master with more than 25 years of teaching and creating under her belt, sign up today. I teach the traditional art form with a contemporary flair and will show you how to design and complete your own unique designs. 

Equally as important is the culture that created this exquisite art form centuries ago. You’ll learn Japanese culture and the philosophy behind Japanese art. 


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What do I love about Japanese paper collage?

While I greatly admire anyone who can paint with watercolors, oils and acrylic mediums, I haven’t found a genre I enjoy more than “painting with paper.” Supplies are minimal and non-caustic, with no messy chemicals or paint soaked brushes to clean. Chigirie is a timeless art, deeply rooted in the traditions of Japanese art and culture.

If you have a desire to learn to create gorgeous, watercolor-like collages, look no further. Use the contact form on the sidebar to pre-register for my upcoming classes. Be sure to let me know if you’re interested in beginner, intermediate or advanced classes and if you’ve ever practiced Chigirie.

You’ll find an online art gallery, where you can buy framed art, Japanese-inspired gifts, and classes that will inspire you to learn at your own pace. Once you learn the fundamentals of Japanese collage art, I can bet you’ll lose yourself as you create your own signature pieces.

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