Yuzen paper's beautiful designs originally came from the textile industry in Kyoto, Japan. During the edo period, unique and colorful patterns designed by Miyazaki Yuzen (1654-1736) became popular and its dying technique has been well-known for one of the most sophisticated and elaborated ones.
In this course, you will learn 10 creative gift wrapping designs using the Yuzen papers in different colors and motifs. To get the Yuzen Paper Kit, please visit here.
Although the designs are created to showcase the beauty of the Yuzen papers, they can be applied to other wrapping papers you have on hand.
Some of the techniques you learn from this course:
• 10 unique and elegant gift wrapping ideas you can use for gift-giving occasions and wedding & party favors
• How to complete the packages without using any tapes (self-closure designs)
• How to create the single and double loop bows professionally using different materials
• How to measure and create handmade paper bags
• How to incorporate origami techniques into the gift wrapping designs
• How to create a beautiful paper flower design to decorate the package
• How to create a decorative pocket as a part of the gift wrapping design
Main tools and materials you'll need for taking the lessons:
• Double Sided Tape
• Clear Tape
• Pencil or Pen
• Cardstock or Colored Paper
• Washi Tape (or any decorative tape)
• Vellum or Parchment Paper (Optional)
• Circle Cutter (Optional)
• Letter Stamps and Ink Pad (Optional)
• Cutting Mat and Craft Knife (Optional)
Yuzen Paper Q&A
Q: What type of Yuzen Washi was used for this course?
A: This course was created using the Echizen Washi from Fukui Prefecture in Japan
Q: How can I buy the Yuzen Paper Kit?
A: Visit HERE for the kit. There are limited numbers of Yuzen paper kit available for this course.
Q: When was Echizen Washi created?
A: Although it's not clear when exactly it was created, the oldest Echizen Washi was found in the Shosoin Monjo (Japan's oldest archive) in AD730 and the papermaking technique was indeed very elaborated even back then.
Q: What was washi made of?
A: Washi's main raw materials are Kozo (mulberry paper), Mitsumata and Gampi. Their long strong fibers are suitable for creating high quality washi papers. The trees to make Echizen Washi are all native to Japan.
Here is the video on how Echizen Washi is made: How Echizen Washi is Made
Q: How are the Yuzen patterns created?
A: They are silkscreened by hand using the special paint. Each color is applied to the washi paper one by one. It often takes multiple times to go through this process to create the complete piece.
Hi, I'm Shiho, a gift wrapping and paper craft artist and instructor in the Paper Guru Gift Wrapping Courses. I have extensive experience as a professional gift wrapping artist for more than ten years, providing services to individuals and corporations, conducting workshops and classes and creating instructional videos. I founded these online courses to share my knowledge with others who are also passionate about sharing beautiful creations and making difference in our lives!