Origami Bunny Collage


Today’s project is making a collage illustration using Yasutomo’s beautiful Yuzen origami paper.

What you need:

Archival Chipboard, which I also gessoed

hard and soft pencils and tracing paper

Yasutomo Sumi Ink and watercolor paint brush

Nori Paste


I start the project with a quick thumbnail sketch. I chose to do an Asian bunny theme to go with the origami paper I will use.

.bunny1sketch origami-paper

I redraw my daimyo bunny onto my gessoed chipboard that I have cut into a square. Then I trace it. On the reverse side of the tracing paper I retrace it again and then on the first side I go over the line work with a soft pencil so I can draw patterns onto origami paper.


I redraw parts onto origami paper on the reverse side using the tracing paper pattern and the hard pencil. It should be mirror to the original so that when cut out the origami design side will be the correct shape.

back side of origami paper

I paste each piece with the Yasutomo Nori paste which dries clear. When it’s all pasted down I waited over night to make sure the paste was completely dry before going over the drawing with my brush and sumi ink.



Of course I didn’t want my little scraps of beautiful origami paper to go to waste.


Have fun with your own design.

Iris Paper Folding

I have a really awesome project to share with you today. I was thinking of something to make for Yasutomo and BANG, it hit me…

Iris Folding!

I haven’t seen or heard this in a long time so I was so excited to make this and we were given so many beautiful origami papers to work with, I couldn’t wait to get them out.


Origami Paper “solids” 4251 and “animals” 4804

Yuzen Paper 4337 and Blue 4336

Authentic Chinese Watercolors CP12

Niji Oil Pastels

Niji Water Brush Small

I took out 4 different types of paper. I took 1 piece from each pack to get 2 yellow and 2 blue.

Then, I cut a vase out of a piece of white card stock.

I had to make flowers to come out of the vase (the vase looks good with just that awesome yellow zebra print paper).  I got to use the Yasutomo Watercolors and Niji Water brushes for the first time and they are AMAZING!!!  I am no painter by any stretch of the imagination but these products make it so easy!  I am shocked by how awesome my flowers and leaves are!

NOW, the iris folding.

Pick at least 4 different patterns/colors of paper.  Cut them into one inch strips.  Then, fold them in half.  You will have half inch strips to begin your project.

This system of attaching paper is done on the back of your die cut paper.  It will go in a circle one piece at a time.  You start on the left of the cut out and tape your strip of paper along that edge.  Always tape it with the folded side in the die cut.  Keep going around in a circle, adding paper.  Look at the shape and apply the papers in different colors for each section of the shape.  For example, I wanted the neck of my vase to be blue so as I made my circle of paper I made sure the top of the shape always had blue paper.

Flip your paper over every now and then to be sure the paper in your circle is looking the way you want it.

At the end, there will be a hole in the center.  Put a coordinating paper background on it.  I added another, larger piece to make a nice matting.  I also added some yellow pastel to the outside.

Thanks for visiting!!  You can find all of the products I used at Yasutomo.com

Have an awesome day!!


Purrfectly Paper Doll

cat paperdoll

October brings out the kid in me. I love the falling leaves, the cooler weather, and all things Halloween. I can’t wait to decorate with tacky Halloween decorations, buy mounds of candy for the neighborhood children, and help my own children create their costumes. In my excitement for the season, I decided to create a black cat paper doll set including some festive Halloween costumes.

Supplies I Used:

Step 1: With the pencil, draw a paper doll body on the cardstock. I chose to make a cat. Just for fun, I created a calico cat who is wearing a black cat suit. Go over the pencil drawing with the permanent black marker.

cat drawing

Step 2: Paint any large black areas with the ultra black ink.

cat painted with ink

Step 3: Paint color details with the watercolor paints and use the metallic pens for any accents. I used the silver pen to make the zipper on the black cat suit.

cat with painted face

Step 4: Place the deli paper over the paper doll and use a pencil to create clothing items that will fit the paper doll body. Move the deli paper off the cat drawing and use the black permanent marker to trace over the pencil lines. Use Nori paste to adhere the deli paper to cardstock. Once dry, cut the pattern pieces.

cat costume pattern pieces

Step 5: Trace the patterns onto decorative origami papers and cut.

Step 6: Use Nori paste to adhere the origami papers to cardstock. Outline each piece with the black permanent marker. Remember to add tabs to the pieces so that you can attach them to the paper doll. Cut the pieces. Add accents with metallic gel pens.

go-go suit

Step 7: To create fairy wings, paint deli paper with metallic watercolors. Add sparkle with metallic gel pens. Cut two wing shapes. Glue or machine stitch the wing shapes to the wing piece. To create straps, cut small strips and glue them to the top and bottom of the wing piece.

Step 8: To create a fairy tu-tu, paint two rectangular pieces of deli paper with metallic watercolors. Add dots with the metallic gel pen. Match the long edges of the rectangles and baste a single stitch across the top. Carefully pull the threads to gather the paper. Use Nori paste to glue the tu-tu to the body suit.

metallic painted pieces

fairy suit

Step 9: For a fancy mermaid tail, paint a sheet of deli paper with metallic watercolors. Cut a small strip of the deli paper (about 6″ x 1/2″). Accordion-fold the strip and cut a fish scale shape. When you unfold the strip, you will have a row of fish scales. Continue making these fish scale rows, as you’ll need quite a few to fill up the tail! Layer the scales onto the tail using Nori paste.

gold deli paper


Step 10: Carefully cut the paper doll.

cat in cat suit

Step 11: Enjoy your new paper doll set!


cat a go go

Cat Fairy:


And my favorite… Mercat!

cat mermaid

You can use paper dolls in so many unique ways. Create fun displays in frames, arrange them on your mantel, or use them in a garland by hanging the pieces onto twine using tiny clothespins. Once you get started, you’ll discover your own way to play!

Design Team Call

dtstuffYasutomo is seeking creative people to showcase Splash Ink and other Niji brand products. We’re looking for talented artists and designers who have the ability to inspire others to create. For those that seek opportunities to have their work prominently featured and to have access to a variety of innovative products and creative ideas, the Niji Design Team is a great fit!

*The Niji Design Team is a six month commitment.
* Create a minimum of two projects per month featuring Yasutomo products and post them on your personal blog or website.
* Work with the Design Team Leader for project submission guidelines and project ideas.
Publish projects on the Yasutomo blog and link to your Facebook page as well as other social media sites. (Yasutomo will publish selected projects on the home page with designer credits)
Participation on Facebook and other social media sites is a must.

The Niji Design Team will receive:
* Yasutomo products in one large shipment, including a schedule of ideas and themes for each month.
Your bio will be featured on the Yasutomo website, blog and Facebook page.
Opportunities to submit articles for payment when using Yasutomo products in approved publications.

What’s expected of a Niji Design Team Member?
* The ability to create compelling projects and instructions that showcase Yasutomo products.
* Experience in taking good photos or scans of projects.
* Active interaction with social media sites such as Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and others.

What are the responsibilities of a Niji Design Team Member?
* The Niji Design Team is a 6 month commitment, from September 15, 2013 to February 15th 2014.
Create a minimum of 2 projects featuring one or more Yasutomo products per month.
Post projects on the Yasutomo Design Team blog as well as your own.
* Participate on Yasutomo Fine Arts and Crafts Facebook page and Niji Design Team Blog.
Promote the Yasutomo brand by posting or linking projects created during your six-month term to online galleries, blogs and social media sites. Include working links to products used on the Yasutomo websit

What are the rewards of a Niji Design Team member?
* Recognition for your creative contribution to the Yasutomo Website, blog and Facebook page.
Promotion of your work and projects to Yasutomo Fine Arts and Crafts Facebook page, blog and website.
Opportunities to submit articles for payment when using Yasutomo products in approved publications.
Ability to purchase Yasutomo products at a 50% discount during the term of the Design Team contract.
* Free product!
Example of products included in shipment: Niji Splash Ink, Niji Watercolors, Niji Pearlescent watercolors, Chinese watercolors and inks, origami paper, fine art papers, Niji Waterbrushes, Niji oil pastels & new product releases.

Apply to become a member of the Niji Design Team today! Here’s how:

1. Email your bio, blog address and social media information by August 1st, 2013 to creative@yasutomo.com with “Niji DT Application” in the subject line.  Design Team Applicants must reside in the U.S.
2. Provide links to recent projects on your blog or site. Work submitted must be recent.

What to include with your emailed submission:

1. Your bio.
2. Please describe your design experience and the medium you primarily work in such as rubber stamping, mixed media, fabric, fine art, altered art, vintage, scrap booking etc.
3. Include the links to your active blog or website and list other social media sites you are active on.
4. Give an example of a project or technique you would like to share with
others. If it is one you have done previously please link to it.
Please provide any information so we can get to know you better!

Design Team members will be announced on August 9th, 2013.
Good Luck!

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