BiriBiri Art Series: Paper Painting Wall Art

This is a sponsored post on behalf of U-CAN. I was sent samples of BiriBiri products to review and was compensated for my time to write this post. All opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

Have you heard of BiriBiri (Chigiri-e) before? You can be honest… I hadn’t until a couple weeks ago and I have no idea why I hadn’t done this sooner. I’m so excited about this BiriBiri (Chigiri-e) Art Series That I can’t wait to share all the projects with you. But wait… I haven’t answer the question right? LOL. Too much excitement. BiriBiri (Chigiri-e) is a new art style from Japan and it consists of cutting and pasting colorful Japanese washi to create images that look like paintings. Paper painting! Isn’t it so cool???

BiriBiri Art Series: Paper Painting Wall Art

BiriBiri Art Series: Paper Painting Iris Wall Art

BiriBiri (Chigiri-e) is created by U-CAN. U-CAN has aided their customers through each individual’s life-long learning process over the last 60 years. The U-CAN Learning Method (ULM) is a learning platform for BiriBiri (Chigiri-e) techniques to help you develop your artistic style and process. You can watch video tutorials, read easy how-to guides, and ask any questions to BiriBiri (Chigiri-e) teachers online. ULM is available to those who purchase any BiriBiri Project, which includes the ULM and Kit.

So… Are you ready to get to know how to do BiriBiri (Chigiri-e) Collages? I definitely hope you get as excited as I am.

I have to tell you at first it seems hard. It requires patience. The first few paper tear was the hardest and I thought it wasn’t the right project for me but then I got the hang of it and it got easier and easier and I actually had lot’s of fun creating those art pieces. Once you master the technique you acquire your own style and you can start letting your creativity fly!

I made this Paper Painting Iris Wall Art as the first of 4 projects. This is my BiriBiri (Chigiri-e) Art Series

The first thing I did was watching the videos from ULM. Those are only available when you purchase a project kit but you can still check out how to do BiriBiri (Chigiri-e) Collages with this video:

What you need for this project:

  • Iris BiriBiri (Chigiri-e) Collage Kit
  • A starter Kit
  • Wood board
  • Wood Sticks
  • Wood paint.
  • Brush
  • Glue, nails and hammer.

This is what came with my Iris BiriBiri (Chigiri-e) Kit.


The first step is transferring the design. For this you need to use the blue transfer paper with the waxy side facing your given board.


Use the Clips to hold the design and board in place and draw all the design.


You will get your design drawn in blue like this: {sorry it’s very light}


Now if you see in the above photo the design has some circles with patterns and number and that the design also has those patterns. That is your reference as for what washi to use on each part of the design.

Then start picking the right paper for each piece of the design and using a slight sharp tool {screwdriver, emboss tool and even the tweezers do} and transfer the design through embossing to the paper. This will leave a mark on the paper that we use to tear the paper.


I tried different techniques shared by ULM. One of them was using a water brush. This helps to create a more hairy effect. I found this technique a bit harder but perfect for specific areas. So the rest of the pieces I tore each piece dry.


Then using the glue diluted 1:1 with water as they directed and the brush I started gluing the washi pieces in place.


I started with the pieces that would be farther back in the design and going layering as needed. Especially with the flower it’s important to keep the layering order.


One of the trickiest part but also super fun was working with the yellow paper which had lots of fibers that we had to tear using water to create that extra hairy effect.


There you go. The basic design is done but it wasn’t enough for me. It needed a little something and also a special place to shine! So I thought of a frame and I made it myself.

The extra thing was to simulate a pot. So what I did was adding a couple layers of an orange washi. This is what I got!


Now Let’s see how to make a cute Wall art frame.


First thing is to paint the wood with a mahogany color.


Paint both board and stick. Let them dry completely.


Then cut the stick in pieces slightly smaller that the BiriBiri collage and nail the pieces together.


Now this is a little bit tricky. Measure well both the board and the frame to center them as much as you can.

Once you are happy with the place, make some small marks to know where it belongs. Apply some glue to the frame and put it back using your marks.


Measure the distance between the each board edge and the middle of the frame.


Turn the frame over and using the same measures nail on the back to secure the frame to the board.


The frame is done!


Now the final step is to glue your piece of BiriBiri Art to the frame. You will get a 3D effect having the design elevated!


You can either use double-sided tape as I did to hang it on my wall {hate nails on the wall} or get a hanger on a hardware store. That is up to you!

There you go!!!! That wasn’t that hard, was it? Doesn’t it look so pretty next to my bed?


I would love to hear your opinion and if you like it, I would so love if you could share this project with your friends and family . This way more people would join the fun.

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Till Next time!


3 Comments on " BiriBiri Art Series: Paper Painting Wall Art "

  1. Camila

    Cami, this is just so amazing!. Never heard of it before. Absolutely beautiful ♡

    1. Camila

      THANK YOU so much Naznin! So glad you like it! It’s definitely a cute and fun craft to make!!!

  2. Camila

    You did a great job. This turned out really nice!

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