Little Boy at Satsu (Beach)

Chigirie Japanese Torn Paper Collage Art
Little Boy at Satsu (Beach) Chigirie
The Little Boy at Satsu Beach was my first Chigirie. project. Satsu Beach is a Japanese fishing village along the Japan Sea.

Not knowing what you’re capable of creating is a stumbling block many artists face, particularly during the early learning stage. So often, we are limited by our beliefs and fears about tackling a project we believe is out of our area of expertise.

As I’ve noted many times, when I set out to learn Chigirie, Japanese Torn Paper Collage Art, in the mid-1990s, the only books I could find were written in Japanese. Illustrations in a variety of books I owned and a sense of wonderment were the guiding force behind my ability to learn this traditional Japanese art form. I envisioned what I wanted to create with the Impressionist period as a model.

Chigirie Japanese Torn Paper Collage Art
The series of images I created while visiting Japan carried me a year before I ran short of inspiration.

Fortunately, this medium is extremely user-friendly and doesn’t involve mixing paints or caustic chemicals. Paper and paste are the two main tools you’ll need to get started. If you have an eye for color and basic design, you can create everything from an incredibly simple flower to a more complicated landscape. Allowing yourself the freedom to create art is the way you’re liberated from your fear of failure. Chigirie is more about individuality and harmony with nature than expertise. Make no mistake, it’s not easy and you won’t necessarily learn 1-2-3 but the paper you’ll use in a Chigirie design is much more forgiving than watercolor or oil paints. With time, patience, and perseverance, you’ll see positive results.

What attracts you to a particular subject? In my case, the little boy I saw sitting on the rocks at Satsu Beach during my 1993 Japan trip immediately caught my attention. The beach and the Japan Sea were unusually quiet and calm at mid-morning on a brilliantly sunny spring day. The toddler’s hat, hoodie, and sandals revealed reminded me of an image I’d likely see in an Impressionist-style art gallery.

Every day is a perfect time to capture scenes with your smartphone or DSLR and particularly when nature abounds. Beach scenes, gardens, city and landscapes are waiting to be photographed.

Join “Learn Chigirie with Joan Mead-Matsui” today and you’ll find the support to tackle those projects that seem complicated. I’ll guide you along with step-by-step instructions so you can create projects you’ll cherish for years to come.

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