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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 cover

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.
Iris BiriBiri (Chigiri-e) Kit

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

Iris BiriBiri (Chigiri-e) Kit unpacked

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.

view of blue transfer on canvas

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

image of Clips to hold the design and board
redrawing the template

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

transferred drawing image

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.

marking the paper image

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.

applying water with a brush
tearing the wet paper with the hands
showing the result of torn paper

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

applying diluted glue on the transferred drawing
placing the torn paper on the canvas

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.

repeating the process
repeating the above process
now repeating the process with another paper

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.

closer view of process
delicately placed the strands of paper
showing the Paper Painting Wall Art

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!

applying a organge washi paper
Paper Painting Wall Art finished
close up of Paper Painting Wall Art

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

frame supplies

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

painting the wooden base

Paint both board and stick. Let them dry completely.

view of all the painted pieces of wood

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

close view of frame with nails

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.

close view of frame with glue
view of the frame on the wooden base

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

measuring the space between the wooden base and the frame

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

image of a hammer, a ruler and nails on the base

The frame is done!

view of BiriBiri Art to the frame ready

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!

view of BiriBiri Art to the frame and Paper Painting Wall Art
Paper Painting Wall Art on frame

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?

Biribiri Art Series Paper Painting Wall Art  image
closer view of Biribiri Art Series Paper Painting Wall Art  image
closeup of Biribiri Art Series Paper Painting Wall Art  image

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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