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Lea's Enameled Kimonos

Lea's Step-by-Step Enameled Kimono Transformation (Click on image above to view in detail)

The yuzen images above are a selection of papers used in many of Lea's "Enameled Kimono" art projects. Click on the thumbnail of the above patterns to view a detailed image of each pattern in our yuzen gallery.

You can view more of Lea’s superb kimono art in her "Enameled Kimonos" article in the March 2007 issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine. You’ll find a large selection of her unique kimono cards, a creative mini kimono accordion book, a kimono card tag and view Lea’s unique embellishment ideas in this article.  The article includes detailed step-by-step instructions plus a detailed list of supplies for creating these lovely kimonos.

Direct Embossing on Japanese Yuzen

Prior to embossing, the yuzen (washi) should be sprayed lightly (front and back) with Krylon Matte Finish Spray #1311 or a similar spray.  Allow the paper to dry and repeat the process.  Do not apply too much spray or your embossing powder may chip off.  Apply an anti-static powder or rub a dryer sheet across the top of the yuzen before applying your embossing ink to avoid specks in unwanted areas.

Kimono Coloring Effects

After using the finishing spray and embossing, apply desired color changes to the paper with watercolor markers like Tombow or Marvy.  See Lea's Step-by-Step Enameled Kimono Transformation (above).  Lea suggests starting with two marker colors.  You can color test on scrap areas of your paper.  Draw attention to flowers and areas of interest in the yuzen pattern using Sakura glaze and souffle' pens.  You can highlight with a white glaze pen and create texture and gloss effects in select areas using layers of Sakura glaze and souffle’ pens.  Allow the ink to dry between applications.  Sakura pens can be purchased at most hobby, craft and office supply locations.

Obi Decoration Stickers

You can find the gold peel-off medallion stickers used on the obi front of many of Lea’s kimonos in our Accessories Gallery.  Lift the sticker off with a needle and fill in the holes with Sakura glaze or soufflé pens for a colored glazed accent.   

The Stamping Queen’s Embellishment Ideas

This idea is soooo clever.  Lea uses her colored scrap yuzen to embellish her cards (punched circles, hearts, etc).  After punching your accent shape, apply a drop of Judi-kins Diamond Glaze as a matching dimensional accent for your kimono art.

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