There are two basic types of rice paper--regular rice paper and sugar rice paper. Regular rice paper is traditionally used in Chinese and Japanese arts and crafts such as doors, room dividers, origami, lamps and shades, and to paint on. Sugar rice paper is edible and is generally used to decorate sweets, cakes, and printed on with edible ink to make pictures.
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Rice Paper Lamp Shades
Rice paper lamp shades can be made using regular rice paper, which is safer than using wood pulp paper as it is less flammable. Buy sized or aged rice paper, which is less prone to shrinking or sagging.
Rice Paper Paintings
Regular rice paper which has been sized or aged can be used to make paintings, collages or printed art. Sugar rice paper may be used with edible ink for organic and edible art.
Origami and Dolls
Rice paper is traditionally used in origami, or Japanese paper art. This includes dolls, figurines, boxes, cups, bowls and other folded paper items. These can also be printed on or painted to add caricatures, rural scenes or designs.
Rice Paper Gifts and Embellishment
Rice paper can be used to wrap gifts or to make gift embellishments. In addition to making origami, rice paper can be bound to wires using water or special glue or paste. These wires can be used to make bows, shapes, figures, or flowers.
Rice Paper Greeting Cards
Rice paper greeting cards are fun to make and earth friendly. Embellish the cards with organic ink, stamping designs, origami, wire art or flowers.
Rice Paper Flowers and Butterflies
Flowers and butterflies can be cut out or stamped out of rice paper. Regular or edible rice paper and paint can be used to create bouquets of flowers, decorate cakes or just to make edible gifts. Edible glitter, paint, ink and glue can be used.
Regular or edible rice paper that has been prepared using sizing paste can be used to cut out delicate snow flakes for framed "quilted" art. Using edible rice paper with children in mind can create edible paper projects for play or decorations.
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