JUMPSTART is a collection of Joan Lok’s tips and know-how on sumi-e materials and techniques.  Joan Lok has been creating exquisite sumi-e artwork for over 30 years and is a popular workshop teacher.  She writes a technical column in SUMI-E, the quarterly magazine of the Sumi-e Society of America.

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SUMI-E MATERIALS 

Wolf Hair Brush is not made of Wolf Hair?    NEW!

Even Picasso needed the right brushes.  Having the right brush is important to paint a good sumi-e artwork.  The brushes for sumi-e         painting and calligraphy are unique in structure and materials from the tools for the Western arts.  Moreover, the way brushes are classified is not yet standardized. I hope to be able to offer some guidance for fellow artists new to the art.

Blue Ink and Brown Ink – Isn’t Sumi-E Ink Black?

Many of my students are confused when told certain sumi-e inks are blue while others are brown.  Isn’t sumi-e ink supposed to be black?  The answer lies in the ingredients the ink is made of.

SUMI-E TECHNIQUES

Beyond the Five Colors of Ink (How to Make Different Shades of Grey)  

Ink-only painting enjoys a much-respected position in the art of sumi-e.  Great sumi-e artwork has superior “colors” and texture, even though it contains only the color black. Joan Lok shares her simple way to create different shades of grey with consistency.  

 

Dance with your Brush in the Colors of the Wind - How to load and paint with multiple colors

Loading a brush with multiple colors depends on several essential elements.  Besides having the right kind of brush, you need to have  sufficient room for the hair to pick up all the different colors, and have them mix naturally in the brush and on the rice paper. 

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