I can't find rice paper at either Joann's or Michael's. There's an art supply store about 30 minutes away, but I wouldn't be able to make it there until Wednesday at least. I'm trying to decide if the rice paper is crucial (worth the waiting and the long trip), or if I can skip it altogether. The book doesn't tell me why I need it or what the purpose is, except for the line "It takes paint beautifully." If the only reason for buying it is to make painting a bit easier, I'll skip it. The only other thing I can think of is to "finish" the edges so the foam doesn't show. Could I perhaps try to use tissue paper instead?
Obviously my project is sort of specific, but if anyone can give me some insight on the benefits of rice paper or help me decide if I should get it or move on without it, I would really appreciate it.