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My works include materials such as natural papers, wooden boards, wood and metal frames, and have layers of papers decoupaged on the board and many of the frames as well. I also use acrylics to paint the mantras and some of the frames. I tend to use Buddhist Mantras, Oms, and Buddhist images. For more information on the papers that I use see below:

I use a variety of natural, Nepalese, Thai, Mexican, and Japanese Papers.

Unryu paper, commonly referred to as mulberry paper has characteristics of paper containing strands of fiber that are added to the sheet to create contrast and texture. In Japan, the name unryu means “cloud dragon paper” and it is characteristic of paper containing strands of kozo fiber that creates contrast and texture.

Kozo (paper mulberry) is said to be the "masculine"…

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  • Born on March 20
  • Joined June 4, 2012

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Natural NepaleseThai Mexican and Japanese Papers, Acrylics, Wood

About

My works include materials such as natural papers, wooden boards, wood and metal frames, and have layers of papers decoupaged on the board and many of the frames as well. I also use acrylics to paint the mantras and some of the frames. I tend to use Buddhist Mantras, Oms, and Buddhist images. For more information on the papers that I use see below:

I use a variety of natural, Nepalese, Thai, Mexican, and Japanese Papers.

Unryu paper, commonly referred to as mulberry paper has characteristics of paper containing strands of fiber that are added to the sheet to create contrast and texture. In Japan, the name unryu means “cloud dragon paper” and it is characteristic of paper containing strands of kozo fiber that creates contrast and texture.

Kozo (paper mulberry) is said to be the "masculine" element, thick & strong. Most widely used fibre as it is the strongest. Grown in a farm crop, it regenerates annually so no forests are depleted in the process.
Chiri means "leftover" and refers to small bits of outer black bark of branches, usually Kozo.

Nepalese Lokta Paper is and eco-friendly paper Handmade from the fiber of the "Nepal Paper Plant," also called the Daphne Shrub or Lokta Bush.

The Otomoi Indians of Mexico produce Amate paper by pounding the bark fibers of fig and mulberry trees on a wooden board and drying the sheets in the sun.

Thai Banana Mash Paper- This paper is made with mashed up banana tree bark sprinkled heavily over a kozo (mulberry) paper base.

Banana Papers (taupe, natural, purple) Thailand - 50% Kozo, 50% Banana fiber

Japanese Ethereal Paper

Egyptian Papyrus Paper:
Papyrus is a thick paper-like material produced from the pith of the papyrus plant, Cyperus papyrus,a wetland sedge that was once abundant in the Nile Delta of Egypt. Papyrus is the oldest writing material that is in existence today, dating back at least 5,000 years. In fact, the very word "paper" is derived from its name. They formed by laying thin strips of plant stalk in horizontal and vertical (crosswise) layers.

Thai mango paper- Kozo Paper with Mango Leaf Inclusions. Natural and pigmented leaves from the mango tree are strewn throughout these machine-made sheets

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