craft

Pigment at Tennozu Isle, Tokyo

Made a trip to Pigment at Tennozu Isle, off Shinagawa seaside after reading the report by Colossal.

Walls of pigment crystals, pigment binders and mixers, papers and brushes, it's like a wonderland of Colours!

Learnt so much on Colours and materials and textures!

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These walls of pigments are harvested from mineral rocks of different Colours and shades.

A mineral rock sample. What Colours do you see?  

A mineral rock sample. What Colours do you see?  

Colours and shades 

Colours and shades 

I never knew there were that many shades of colour(and rocks)! Some so close that was tough for me to differentiate them.

Walls of jars of pigments! 

Walls of jars of pigments! 

Within the traditional tools we spotted a new brush that doesn't quite look like one because it's a finger brush! It comes in all finger and brush sizes of small to large too!

Paint with your fingers with the finger brush  

Paint with your fingers with the finger brush  

Staff working at the store are real artists and they were so friendly in telling us more about each item and letting us try them out at the free space at the back of the store.

The lovely Mslatenightjam trying out the finger brush.  

The lovely Mslatenightjam trying out the finger brush.  

Papers dated back a long time in China as well as Japan. For Japanese painting, a variety of papers can be found of different textures and thickness with some really fancy ones with little gold leaves in them.

Japanese sumi art paper  

Japanese sumi art paper  

They also have an enormous collection of handmade brushes for Japanese painting. Some really micro-thin and some as thick as my domestic broom! These are all handmade by traditional craftsmen.

Walls of brushes of different shapes and sizes  

Walls of brushes of different shapes and sizes  

One particular item caught my eye and stole my heart. Not a brush but a glass capillary pen in bamboo! It's so incredibly light and it draws so well, better than any fountain pen! So addictive that we couldn't stop doodling with that! I regret not taking a video of the awesome-ness of it.

A Japanese craft TV program the other day featured the full glass pen (different from the one below) and they were so much in demand that it's a long waitlist!

The glass capillary pen in bamboo. On my wish list now! :P

The glass capillary pen in bamboo. On my wish list now! :P

So we kept trying out tools and paints. No doubt the best way to learn is to actually do, or use things! So here's our masterpiece with the paints!

Our masterpiece! (Towards the left)  

Our masterpiece! (Towards the left)  

Thank you to Mslatenightjam for coming out with me to Pigment!

Pigment is a must visit for all who love colours! They also host workshops by art professionals so keep a lookout!

Letterpress with Tokyo Pear

Spent an afternoon getting to know more about letterpress at Tokyo Pear's studio in Gyoda, Saitama, an hour away from Tokyo.

Tokyo Pear's letterpress cottage in the fields

Tokyo Pear's letterpress cottage in the fields

Little metal kanji character plates for letterpress!  

Little metal kanji character plates for letterpress!  

Print samples from Tokyo Pear  

Print samples from Tokyo Pear  

Original Heidelberg

Original Heidelberg

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Letterpress mould for my CNY order of greeting cards

Letterpress mould for my CNY order of greeting cards

Figuring out Colours 

Figuring out Colours 

Mixing rubber based printing ink to achieve the desired shade.  

Mixing rubber based printing ink to achieve the desired shade.  

Test printing the Colours.  

Test printing the Colours.  

All excited to receive the Chinese New Year greeting cards in a few weeks! Stay tuned!

Visit to craft space - Maker's Base Tokyo

Had a tour of Maker's Base, a space in Meguro, Tokyo.

It houses heavy duty machines for craft and industrial purposes and these machines are available for all to use with either a day, month or year pass.

The facility was converted from a small-scale factory.  

The facility was converted from a small-scale factory.  

Never used any of these machines before? Pro or no pro, they provide a mandatory training session of average 2hours for that particular machine you want to use for a small fee. (To prevent you from destroying their robots!)

Silk screen printing 

Silk screen printing 

Metal works

Metal works

Metal work spaces  

Metal work spaces  

Ceramic facilities

Ceramic facilities

Ceramic workspace

Ceramic workspace

Fabric workspace with sewing and embroidery and fabric printing machines

Fabric workspace with sewing and embroidery and fabric printing machines

Digital workspace equipped with laser, UV printers and leather sewing machines  

Digital workspace equipped with laser, UV printers and leather sewing machines  

You can also sell your crafts that you made at the gallery shop space!

There is also a gallery space for all crafters to sell their work! - colourful furoshikis!

There is also a gallery space for all crafters to sell their work! - colourful furoshikis!

Ceramic wares... Some were pretty interesting! 

Ceramic wares... Some were pretty interesting! 

*You will have to be a member to qualify for a pass to use the facilities, and the membership costs ¥1,080 yen(10USD).