Tuesday Chigirie Tip

Chigirie by Joan Matsui Tuesday Chigirie Tip

It’s all in the paper. From the beginning to the completion of a Chigirie collage, a variety of pre-dyed paper is used in place of paint and applied to the palette of your choice so the papers gently blend together. Someone recently asked me about the type of paper Chigirie requires. Keep in mind there are so many different papers in a variety of colors and textures that are categorized as Washi. Imported handmade papers […]


Creating Your Design Where do you begin? With a foundation… In much the same way you would build a structure from the ground up, the same holds true for an art project. A flower will work well for your first attempt. You should get your start with a photograph or an idea that’s floating around in your head. I love flowers and I happened to have Morning Glories growing in a planter box on my […]

Little Boy at Satsu (Beach)

Chigirie Japanese Torn Paper Collage Art

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Celebrate 25 Years of Japanese Art at Chigirie.com

The Trout Chigirie Collage Print

Friends and acquaintances who know me well understand why I love to fly-fish but they’re also aware I’m an advocate for responsible fishing, land and water preservation, and the healing effects nature provides. That’s why Trout Unlimited (TU) and Casting for Recovery (CfR) will each receive 5 percent of the proceeds from the sale of “The Trout” prints.


Kate Beckinsale hosts opening night gala

actress Kate Beckinsale will be the official host of the 2019 Opening Night, Premiere Gala, being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Kick-Off Party For LA’s Longest-Running Art Fair Unites International Collectors, Artists, Celebrities and Art Patrons In the Fight to End Childhood Cancer

What Makes Japanese Paper Art Extraordinary?

Paper and Technique Chances are you’ve seen Japanese art somewhere – perhaps in a museum, advertisement, textbook or maybe you’ve visited Japan and had an opportunity to experience the country’s “ARTcentric” culture up close and personal. Classic Japanese art covers a wide variety of genres. One of the most famous crafts you might have seen is Origami, Japanese paper folding. That’s how I got my start – Mrs. Matsui’s Origami (handmade paper creations) is a business I […]

Inspiration From The Masters

The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia Art Museum

The Barnes Foundation Why are we so fascinated with museums? If you can’t answer that question immediately, watch this video clip from my afternoon at The Barnes Foundation to jog your memory  Finding the inspiration that’ll fuel your own artistic spirit can be a daunting task. When was the last time you visited an art museum? Whether you’re an artist, aficionado, or collector, an afternoon spent amongst some of the world’s most coveted art can lift […]

What is the “Learn Chigirie” HUB?

Chigirie with Joan Mead-Matsui Membership Benefits

Learn Chigirie with Joan Mead-Matsui is not about a project kit, video, or a course you buy from me and tackle on your own. There are more than enough project kits available for sale on the internet. But what happens after you buy a kit and start your own project in the comfort of your home? Don’t give up! Join the Learn Chigirie HUB. Chances are you’ll sit alone in your workspace and work day-after-day […]