What is Chigirie?

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“The Bluebird,” Chigirie by Joan Mead-Matsui Imagine creating art that looks like a painting without using paint. The bluebird and hydrangea images shown on this page are a perfect example of how you can use torn paper to create beautiful art by literally, painting with paper. That’s one of the reasons I fell in love with Chigirie. Handmade paper is the key to this centuries-old Japanese art form that is often mistaken for a watercolor painting.


The Chigirie technique is said to date as far back as the Japanese Heian period by calligraphers who often used it to accompany their decorative handwriting and readily used the style to embellish home décor. While there are so many papers available worldwide to choose from, knowing which paper to use is one of the lessons I teach in my private, small-group lessons, and workshops.


Chigirie by Joan Mead-Matsui
Try your hand at Chigirie and learn to create  paper collages like this hydrangea I made.


Finding the perfect handmade paper is an essential skill in the creation of Chigirie. Allow me to guide you through the process as you learn to plan your design, choose your 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.

Chigirie by Joan Mead-Matsui

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 rely solely on the color and texture to create backgrounds and fine details like architectural elements or flower petals.

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Do you want to learn Chigirie? You’ll find my classes offer the personalized support and guidance that will spark your creativity to new heights all while in the comfort of your home. Create at your own pace with full artistic support for as long as you are a student at chigirie.com.

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