About a mat

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For Sumi-E and Japanese Calligraphy, you will also need a felt mat to paint on.

Black or green felt mat (or any colors) is used for calligraphy but white mat is used for Sumi-E paintings. The reasons for using different color mat is because in Sumi-E painting you need to see the color well. With black mat on the bottom, the thin rice paper tends to show through the mat color. So, it’s better to use a white mat to be able to see the delicate color while painting.

The felt mat also protects your table or desk surface from getting wet with Sumi or water, and prevents the wet paper from sticking to the table, and prevents the paper from moving during painting.

You can also find grid painted mats and they are very useful for practicing.

 

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About Bokujyu ink

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Ready to use Sumi inks are called Bokujyu in Japanese. They are liquid Sumi and last a while in the bottle.

It is very handy to use for a quick practice, but it often doesn’t create the beautiful Sumi ink characteristics such as color gradation. Because creating your own Sumi ink with Suzuri is an important part of Shodo practice, a way to calm and clear your mind, you should use Bokujyu wisely.

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About a mat

ink art

For Sumi-E and Japanese Calligraphy, you will also need a felt mat to paint on.

Black or green felt mat (or any colors) is used for calligraphy but white mat is used for Sumi-E paintings. The reasons for using different color mat is because in Sumi-E painting you need to see the color well. With black mat on the bottom, the thin rice paper tends to show through the mat color. So, it’s better to use a white mat to be able to see the delicate color while painting.

The felt mat also protects your table or desk surface from getting wet with Sumi or water, and prevents the wet paper from sticking to the table, and prevents the paper from moving during painting.

You can also find grid painted mats and they are very useful for practicing.

 

Read More

About Bokujyu ink

ink art

Ready to use Sumi inks are called Bokujyu in Japanese. They are liquid Sumi and last a while in the bottle.

It is very handy to use for a quick practice, but it often doesn’t create the beautiful Sumi ink characteristics such as color gradation. Because creating your own Sumi ink with Suzuri is an important part of Shodo practice, a way to calm and clear your mind, you should use Bokujyu wisely.

Read More