WAGARA Decorative Painting (Japanese Style)

WAGARA is Japanese classic patterns. I teach you my original technique to make WAGARA decorative painting.
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2014 English

Course Description

This course is for all the fans of WAGARA decorative painting. WAGARA is Japanese design patterns which are originally used for Japanese classic clothes, kimono. My original method is the combination of decorative painting and stencil. You will learn the essential techniques of decorative painting and stencil first, and then you go ahead to the projects.

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 apply the designs to your house interior or accessories.

Course summary :

・What is WAGARA?

・Decorative painting techniques

・Stencil techniques

・Making three projects

This course includes 16 movies (74 minutes) and 4 pdf files.

What are the requirements?

  • You will need to buy some brushes and acrylic paints and tools. You can buy at nearby craft shop or online craft shop.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn decorative painting techniques and stencil techniques, and how to apply those techniques to WAGARA paintings.
  • Make three WAGARA painting projects.
  • Finally, make your original WAGARA designs.

Who is the target audience?

  • Anybody who wants to start craft and love oriental designs.
  • Decorative painters who have already learned decorative painting and want to learn some other designs.
  • Designers who look for something oriental.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Section 1: Introduction
What is WAGARA painting?
Basic WAGARA patterns
Necessary tools and paints
4 pages
Section 2: Decorative Painting Techniques

Apply texture paste on the wood surface in WAGARA painting. It will make the surface look like kimono texture. You can buy texture paste at a nearby craft shop or online shop. Please follow the direction of the texture paste which you buy. It takes time to dry the paste. The paste should be dry completely before you paint on it.


Do not take a lot of amount of paint at a time. Paint thin layer, dry well and paint again. Please change the brush size according to the area you paint. I recommend you to use flat brushes to basecoat. You can use a round brush for small area.


Side-loading is the most useful but the most difficult technique of decorative painting. Take the darker color than the base color for shading, and take the lighter color for highlighting. By applying shade and highlight to the object, it will look like three dimensional.

Please practice side-loading many times. It is difficult, but you can master as you practice. I recommend you to use a mop to shade or highlight a large area. Mop is a nice tool. Please watch the movie and learn how to use a mop.


Some students say 'lining is difficult'. If the brush contains too much water, the line will be watery and thin. If the brush doesn't have enough water, you can not draw a long and solid line. Then how much water?? You will know as you practice. I prefer to use a very thin brush, which is called script brush. #0 liner brush is also useful.


Strokes might be difficult, but it is fun. You should use a clean and nice round brush to make beautiful strokes. Press and draw. If the head is not round, please turn the brush a little bit and try again. When you make a stroke with a flat brush, the direction to draw is important. Please watch the movie and check the direction to draw. Once you master how to draw strokes, you can enjoy strokes.

Section 3: Stencil Techniques

There are various types of stencil sheets. If you use a thick stencil sheet, it will last long but it is hard to cut. Please be careful to cut a thick sheet. If you find a punch of flower shape, you are lucky. You can use it for cherry blossoms or plum blossoms.


The sponge brush should be dry when you stencil. Put some paint on the sponge brush and pound it on a pallet several times. First you should stipple lightly and see how it looks. Stipple more if you need. You should prepare several brushes for different colors. If you like to wash and use the brush again, you should dry the sponge very well.

Section 4: Red WAGARA Ornament
4 pages
Movie 1
Movie 2
Section 5: Framed Butterfly
3 pages
Movie 1
Section 6: Chrysanthemum in Green
4 pages
Movie 1
Movie 2
Section 7: Greeting and Wagara for your future business
How to make your original wagera design
Bonus Movie

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Instructor Biography

Michiko Ozawa, 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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