Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Curling Kyogi Paper
- 5 September 2012
- click to send Christine a smile
Kyogi paper was historically used in Japan to wrap food – all natural, keeps the food from drying out, adds a subtle flavour and it can be composted to return to the crop-soil-cycle! It is pine (or cedar) wood that is shaved so thin it’s almost transparent. It can be weaved, wrapped, rolled, cut, stained, torn and easily glued.
Soak strips of Kyogi paper in warm water.
The wet strips are easy to manipulate without the wood braking or ripping.
But to create perfect curls the Kyogi paper needs to be set.
Gently wrap the wood veneer (Kyogi paper) around a paper tube or thick dowel stick.
Use each new layer to keep the previous in place.
Secure the last strip with a tiny butterfly hair-clip.
Set aside to dry.
When completely dry the curls will be set into the Kyogi paper strips
Sign up for my weekly newsletter
Every week I add a new design with related tutorials. Be sure to subscribe to receive an email notification with design inspiration.
I wanted to create extremely light weight wooden blocks for my design. The easiest way is to cover Styrofoam with a Kyogi paper veneer.
I wove my bird from shaved wood but you can also use flax, coconut palm (more traditional) or paper or ribbon
My third design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting