Hikkake Echizen Magic August 15 2018

Echizen papers' exquisite sheen and patterning!
Echizen washi comes to us from Fukui Prefecture, a very famous paper-making area in western Japan. It is a region that is most recognized for production of Japan's notable paper currency. Echizen Washi is a special collection of paper with a sheen. Hikkake, the brocade-like patterns on surface of some of the Echizen papers are created by using a hand-soldered, large, metal watermark screen dipped in mitsumata fiber and then couched on a heavier base sheet. The pattern is literally like a smooth pulp painting that binds to the surface.
echizen, rice paper, washi, japanese paper, watermark, patterned paper Simple invitation card becomes super special printed on echizen washi.
The sheen of the mitsumata fiber emphasizes the patterns. These subtle and elegant papers are amazing for creating wedding invitations, gift cards and book arts.

Check out this fun link to a map of the Echizen washi production areas!

Art Reams October 04 2011

No, you are not looking at a watercolor painting.....Look more closely at the images....don't be fooled by a first glance.... Artist Aleksandra Domanovic took three stacks of paper; each with 7,500 sheets!, and used an inkjet printer to achieve this wonderful effect. Pretty profound, I think. found via illusion scene 360