What is Chigirie?

Learn Chigirie here at chigirie.com.


“The Bluebird,” Chigirie by Joan Mead-Matsui SOLD

Chigiriе iѕ thе Japanese art of tearing paper to create a collage or literally, “painting with paper.” Imagine creating beautiful paintings without paint or a paintbrush. That’s one of the reasons I fell in love with Chigirie. I could count on the inherent beauty of handmade papers to create art that resembles a watercolor or oil painting.

The technique is said to date as far back as the Heian period of Japanese history by calligraphers who often used it accompany their decorative handwriting.

Each piece is a one-of-a-kind handmade work of art that contains hundreds of pieces of hand-dyed paper. Some artists color the paper using a variety of painting techniques but I do not. I rely solely on the color and texture to create backgrounds and fine details like architectural elements or flower petals.


Chigirie by Joan Mead-Matsui
Original “Beautiful Hydrangea” sold – prints available but prints are available. Learn Chigirie with Joan. Learn the fundamentals of Chigirie in one of my upcoming online classes and watch your creative spirit SOAR in her PRIVATE FACEBOOK MEMBERS-ONLY group.


Finding the perfect handmade paper is essential for the creation of Chigirie. Allow me to guide you through the process as you learn to plan your design, choose the paper and “seamlessly” apply it to the decorative surface of your choice. I’m sure you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store when you see the abundance of paper available in today’s marketplace.

Do you want to learn Chigirie? You’ll find chigirie.com is a personalized, creative atmosphere where you can learn and create at your own pace with full artistic support for as long as you need guidance.

Join my PRIVATE, MEMBERS-ONLY FACEBOOK GROUP and learn Chigirie in a peaceful setting that’s brimming with creativity and inspiration. Do you welcome a challenge? Each month, you’ll learn tips and techniques that will awaken and nurture your creative spirit and YES, weekly and monthly challenges to keep you motivated. There’s so much more to learning than an instructor who tells you what to do. Believe me, I know. I learned Chigirie more than 25 years ago from a book with instructions and captions written exclusively in Japanese. I don’t read or write Japanese and I didn’t have someone on hand in my studio to help me. I want to make your learning more enjoyable and that’s why I’m offering you an opportunity to learn from me in a group setting. My Facebook page will launch on Monday, November 5, 2018 and the doors to my incredible guided learning program will open on Thursday, November 1.  Be the first to sign up for Chigirie with Joan Mead-Matsui. Sign up for my mailing list so you can stay in touch and receive all the details. Please message me with any questions.