This week I started a new beginner's Hanji class here in the UAE and to help the new students get started on their journey with the craft I've put together some Starter kits. We more than likely have different items around the house that have been used for other crafts and activities but often some are half used, others worn out and yet others not quite suitable.
I don't know about you but if I'm starting something new I like to begin things afresh with the right tools to do the job.
Here in Ras Al Khaimah, a town 90 kms north of Dubai, most items needed to do hanji are available somewhere but sometimes they're in a small and dusty shop down a side street and at other times at a large and overwhelming 'Library,' as the stationary stores are called here. In other words it can take a bit of hunting to find exactly what you want.
With the temperatures in the low 40Cs every day here at the moment, chasing around from to store to store isn't the nicest thing to be doing when you could be sitting inside in the air conditioning working on a project, walking the air conditioned malls or going for a swim. So, in the cooler months, I bought things in bulk when I saw them and put together some Hanji Starter Kits for my students.
The Starter Kits consist of:
- a small cutting mat
- 30 cm metal ruler
- 15 cm metal ruler
- small scissors
- craft knife
- contact adhesive glue
- a roll of thin masking tape