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Wagara Decorative Painting for Beginners

Wagara is Japanese classic patterns. I teach you my original technique to make WAGARA decorative painting.
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3,158 students enrolled
Created by Michiko Ozawa
Last updated 4/2016
  • 36 mins on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
Course goal is to get the impression of WAGARA decorative painting.
You will learn how to make WAGARA Decorative painting.
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  • You will need to buy some brushes and acrylic paints and tools to complete the project.

This is the introduction course to WAGARA decorative painting. WAGARA is Japanese design patterns which were originally used for Japanese classic clothes, kimono. My original method is the combination of decorative painting and stencil.

Besides the movies, you can download the patterns and directions to make the projects. They will guide you and help you to make the projects. You can also apply the designs to your house interior or accessories.

The goal of this course is to master the techniques of Wagara decorative painting and complete the project of 'Rocking Sheep'.

Course summary :


・What is Wagara?

・Stencil Technique

・Necessary tools and paints

・Side-loading technique of decorative painting

・Making project 'Rocking Sheep' Part 1 & 2

This course includes 5 movies and 2 pdf files.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anybody who wants to start craft and love oriental designs.
  • Decorative painters who have already learned techniques and want to learn some other designs.
  • Designers who look for something oriental.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 7 Lectures Collapse All 7 Lectures 39:34
2 Lectures 07:21

This course is for the people who wants to start Wagara Decorative Painting. Let's watch through the movie first, get the necessary tools and start the project. Please watch the how-to movie many times. You can make your own rocking sheep!


Wagara means Japanese designs or patterns, which were originally used for Japanese classic clothes, kimono. Old Japanese people admired plants, flowers, birds, and all the natures. They express them on the surface of kimono. They are sometimes gorgeous and sometimes chic. Sakura, cherry blossom is one of the popular wagara items. Besides sakura, there are a lot of wagara items which old Japanese used to love.

Basic Wagara Patterns
2 Lectures 04:47

This movie shows how to stencil. The stencil sponge should be dry when you load paint. You should wash and dry well before you load another color.


Side-loading is the most essential technique for decorative painting. In order to shade or highlight, you should side-load paint with your flat brush. I like to use a mop brush to soften or erase the brush steak.

Project : Rocking Sheep
3 Lectures 23:26

Experienced decorative painters can make a project if they have a packet of photo, direction and line drawing of the project. Here you download the packet and proceed the project, watching the following how-to movies.

Download Direction
4 pages

Part 1

Part 2
About the Instructor
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Decorative Painter

I started to take American Decorative Painting lesson in 1992 in Tokyo, Japan. After I finished the one-year course, I took an acrylic painting course for two years to study making original paintings.

From 1996 to 2001, I had a chance to live in Ohio, America on my husband's business. I was impressed with American Decorative Painting again, and I took some lessons from a local painter and also gave lessons to my friends in Ohio. Now some of my students at that time are working as teachers.

I came back to Japan in 2001. I have been teaching American Decorative Painting for more than 10 years. I have a studio in Tokyo to teach and make originals. Now I realized WAGARA Decorative Painting, the Japanese classic pattern painting. WAGARA is originally used for Japanese classic clothes, kimono. WAGARA is not only classic, but also modern if you apply it to your house interior or accessories. In Tokyo, I made a WAGARA team and there I teach how to make original WAGARA painting.

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