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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Working with Mulberry Paper - Joomchi Beginnings

I've found another obsession - just can't get enough of Joomchi!  I'm completely enthralled by the way that working with simple mulberry paper and water can produce such lacy results and I have BIG plans to work with these pieces further.  I took a workshop a few years ago and the process really intrigued me.  If you want to know more, I love the book Joomchi and Beyond.  Basically, the process entails layering mulberry paper/water and lots of squeezing and the process reminds me very much of felting.  I'm still very much in the experimental stage and the ideas for enhancements and display are dancing around in my head!


  1. I am desperate to find out how to do this process. All I can find is the contemporary artist that brought it to America. Can you do a tutorial? I would be ever so grateful. I have done "similiar" effect in felt, but need to actually do the original form before I can move forward. Can you help a fellow artist out? I found your site from a web search.

  2. Hi Patti - the book Joomchi and Beyond is how I learned! It does a much better job than I could ever do in writing. It is a process much like felt, where your hands have to learn as much as your head. Get the book and some mulberry paper and go for it! Good luck.

  3. I have quiet a lot of roving mulberry silk and wondered if I used it along with the hanji for the joomchi process?

  4. i haven't found the book for less than 70 something and simply can't afford it. is there any other way (other than wasting a bunch of mulberry paper in practice) to learn this process? when i attempt to felt layers of wet paper i tear it beyond redemption.

    1. Hi Sharon - the best advise I can give is to have your library get it for you. Have you checked you tube videos? Yes the paper is very delicate so has to be treated with great care but if you are very gentle with it it will work! Just begin by pleating and rolling the wet paper very carefully and keep turning and repeating. Good luck!

  5. Thanks so much, Margo! That alone helped me a lot and answered some questions. Good idea to ask the library for the book..duh. I will check for tube videos also. Thanks again!!