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 Suzuri

ink painting

There are some materials that you need for starting Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) and Simi-E.

Suzuri, an inkstone, is one of the main items.

An inkstone is a stone mortar for the grinding and containment of ink.

There are ones that are made with plastic, but it doesn’t work well and makes a loud noise. So, I highly recommend you purchase a real, stone Suzuri.

There are many shapes and price ranges for Suzuri to choose from.

How to make ink

You put some fresh water into the well part – it’s called “Umi” (literally “ocean”), and grind Sumi-ink on the hill area called either “Riku” or “Oka” – land and hill.

You then move some water from the Umi area and start to grind the ink at the Oka area. Make sure you make Sumi ink a circular motion and release the created ink into the ocean and repeat the process until the ink gets to a desired darkness.

How to check if the ink is strong enough to start writing.

Good, thickened, dark Sumi usually doesn’t bleed too much on rice paper yet it is smooth enough to let the brush to move freely. Always test the doneness of the ink on some rice paper before you start doing Shodo.

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About Sumi Ink

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Sumi Ink stick is called just Sumi in Japanese. It’s made of oil based soot or pine based soot.

Prices vary depending on the materials and if it is aged. For beginner to intermediate learners, you can find good enough Sumi in the price range between US$5 to  US$15. (as of 2019)

There are some Blue-ish colored Sumi, but you should have a standard black one for regular practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Fude – Bamboo Brushes

ink painting

There are so many Fude (Bamboo Brushes) to choose from.

For a beginner Japanese calligrapher, I recommend you find a minimum of two brushes to start with. One large brush and one small brush. Kengo 兼毫 style brushes would be a good one to start with.

There are many materials to create bamboo brushes. All natural, non synthetic ones are the best. For example, sheep fur, horse hair, weasel hair (sometimes called wolf hair), and others are examples of natural materials.

Kengo 兼毫 brush means both hard and soft. It’s not too soft nor too hard, thus it’s easy to work with for beginners to intermediate level learners.

For the handle, natural bamboo is light weight and good. There are two kind of shapes for the handle, one has wider round part at the end (Daruma-Fude), another one is straight bamboo stick. For small handed people, it’s easier to handle with the Daruma-Fude, because the handle is narrower.

What is the good brush? 

Good brushes have good points on the top of the brush, and it bounces back to straight after you press down on it.

Prices of a brushes range widely. Some cheap brushes work enough for beginners, but there are some brushes that have too bad quality that it’s not worth it for you to buy.  You should ask your teacher for advice on brushes.

You need different brushes to adjust to what you do

It’s same with any fine art, kinds of brushes are very important to perform well on what you want to achieve. It’s definitely better to use good matching brushes for your content and personal style.

 

Read More

About Bokujyu ink

ink painting

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

About Suzuri

ink painting

There are some materials that you need for starting Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) and Simi-E.

Suzuri, an inkstone, is one of the main items.

An inkstone is a stone mortar for the grinding and containment of ink.

There are ones that are made with plastic, but it doesn’t work well and makes a loud noise. So, I highly recommend you purchase a real, stone Suzuri.

There are many shapes and price ranges for Suzuri to choose from.

How to make ink

You put some fresh water into the well part – it’s called “Umi” (literally “ocean”), and grind Sumi-ink on the hill area called either “Riku” or “Oka” – land and hill.

You then move some water from the Umi area and start to grind the ink at the Oka area. Make sure you make Sumi ink a circular motion and release the created ink into the ocean and repeat the process until the ink gets to a desired darkness.

How to check if the ink is strong enough to start writing.

Good, thickened, dark Sumi usually doesn’t bleed too much on rice paper yet it is smooth enough to let the brush to move freely. Always test the doneness of the ink on some rice paper before you start doing Shodo.

Read More

About Sumi Ink

ink painting

Sumi Ink stick is called just Sumi in Japanese. It’s made of oil based soot or pine based soot.

Prices vary depending on the materials and if it is aged. For beginner to intermediate learners, you can find good enough Sumi in the price range between US$5 to  US$15. (as of 2019)

There are some Blue-ish colored Sumi, but you should have a standard black one for regular practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read More

About Fude – Bamboo Brushes

ink painting

There are so many Fude (Bamboo Brushes) to choose from.

For a beginner Japanese calligrapher, I recommend you find a minimum of two brushes to start with. One large brush and one small brush. Kengo 兼毫 style brushes would be a good one to start with.

There are many materials to create bamboo brushes. All natural, non synthetic ones are the best. For example, sheep fur, horse hair, weasel hair (sometimes called wolf hair), and others are examples of natural materials.

Kengo 兼毫 brush means both hard and soft. It’s not too soft nor too hard, thus it’s easy to work with for beginners to intermediate level learners.

For the handle, natural bamboo is light weight and good. There are two kind of shapes for the handle, one has wider round part at the end (Daruma-Fude), another one is straight bamboo stick. For small handed people, it’s easier to handle with the Daruma-Fude, because the handle is narrower.

What is the good brush? 

Good brushes have good points on the top of the brush, and it bounces back to straight after you press down on it.

Prices of a brushes range widely. Some cheap brushes work enough for beginners, but there are some brushes that have too bad quality that it’s not worth it for you to buy.  You should ask your teacher for advice on brushes.

You need different brushes to adjust to what you do

It’s same with any fine art, kinds of brushes are very important to perform well on what you want to achieve. It’s definitely better to use good matching brushes for your content and personal style.

 

Read More

About Bokujyu ink

ink painting

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

About Suzuri

ink painting

There are some materials that you need for starting Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) and Simi-E.

Suzuri, an inkstone, is one of the main items.

An inkstone is a stone mortar for the grinding and containment of ink.

There are ones that are made with plastic, but it doesn’t work well and makes a loud noise. So, I highly recommend you purchase a real, stone Suzuri.

There are many shapes and price ranges for Suzuri to choose from.

How to make ink

You put some fresh water into the well part – it’s called “Umi” (literally “ocean”), and grind Sumi-ink on the hill area called either “Riku” or “Oka” – land and hill.

You then move some water from the Umi area and start to grind the ink at the Oka area. Make sure you make Sumi ink a circular motion and release the created ink into the ocean and repeat the process until the ink gets to a desired darkness.

How to check if the ink is strong enough to start writing.

Good, thickened, dark Sumi usually doesn’t bleed too much on rice paper yet it is smooth enough to let the brush to move freely. Always test the doneness of the ink on some rice paper before you start doing Shodo.

Read More

About Sumi Ink

ink painting

Sumi Ink stick is called just Sumi in Japanese. It’s made of oil based soot or pine based soot.

Prices vary depending on the materials and if it is aged. For beginner to intermediate learners, you can find good enough Sumi in the price range between US$5 to  US$15. (as of 2019)

There are some Blue-ish colored Sumi, but you should have a standard black one for regular practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read More

About Fude – Bamboo Brushes

ink painting

There are so many Fude (Bamboo Brushes) to choose from.

For a beginner Japanese calligrapher, I recommend you find a minimum of two brushes to start with. One large brush and one small brush. Kengo 兼毫 style brushes would be a good one to start with.

There are many materials to create bamboo brushes. All natural, non synthetic ones are the best. For example, sheep fur, horse hair, weasel hair (sometimes called wolf hair), and others are examples of natural materials.

Kengo 兼毫 brush means both hard and soft. It’s not too soft nor too hard, thus it’s easy to work with for beginners to intermediate level learners.

For the handle, natural bamboo is light weight and good. There are two kind of shapes for the handle, one has wider round part at the end (Daruma-Fude), another one is straight bamboo stick. For small handed people, it’s easier to handle with the Daruma-Fude, because the handle is narrower.

What is the good brush? 

Good brushes have good points on the top of the brush, and it bounces back to straight after you press down on it.

Prices of a brushes range widely. Some cheap brushes work enough for beginners, but there are some brushes that have too bad quality that it’s not worth it for you to buy.  You should ask your teacher for advice on brushes.

You need different brushes to adjust to what you do

It’s same with any fine art, kinds of brushes are very important to perform well on what you want to achieve. It’s definitely better to use good matching brushes for your content and personal style.

 

Read More

About Bokujyu ink

ink painting

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

About Suzuri

ink painting

There are some materials that you need for starting Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) and Simi-E.

Suzuri, an inkstone, is one of the main items.

An inkstone is a stone mortar for the grinding and containment of ink.

There are ones that are made with plastic, but it doesn’t work well and makes a loud noise. So, I highly recommend you purchase a real, stone Suzuri.

There are many shapes and price ranges for Suzuri to choose from.

How to make ink

You put some fresh water into the well part – it’s called “Umi” (literally “ocean”), and grind Sumi-ink on the hill area called either “Riku” or “Oka” – land and hill.

You then move some water from the Umi area and start to grind the ink at the Oka area. Make sure you make Sumi ink a circular motion and release the created ink into the ocean and repeat the process until the ink gets to a desired darkness.

How to check if the ink is strong enough to start writing.

Good, thickened, dark Sumi usually doesn’t bleed too much on rice paper yet it is smooth enough to let the brush to move freely. Always test the doneness of the ink on some rice paper before you start doing Shodo.

Read More

About Sumi Ink

ink painting

Sumi Ink stick is called just Sumi in Japanese. It’s made of oil based soot or pine based soot.

Prices vary depending on the materials and if it is aged. For beginner to intermediate learners, you can find good enough Sumi in the price range between US$5 to  US$15. (as of 2019)

There are some Blue-ish colored Sumi, but you should have a standard black one for regular practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read More

About Fude – Bamboo Brushes

ink painting

There are so many Fude (Bamboo Brushes) to choose from.

For a beginner Japanese calligrapher, I recommend you find a minimum of two brushes to start with. One large brush and one small brush. Kengo 兼毫 style brushes would be a good one to start with.

There are many materials to create bamboo brushes. All natural, non synthetic ones are the best. For example, sheep fur, horse hair, weasel hair (sometimes called wolf hair), and others are examples of natural materials.

Kengo 兼毫 brush means both hard and soft. It’s not too soft nor too hard, thus it’s easy to work with for beginners to intermediate level learners.

For the handle, natural bamboo is light weight and good. There are two kind of shapes for the handle, one has wider round part at the end (Daruma-Fude), another one is straight bamboo stick. For small handed people, it’s easier to handle with the Daruma-Fude, because the handle is narrower.

What is the good brush? 

Good brushes have good points on the top of the brush, and it bounces back to straight after you press down on it.

Prices of a brushes range widely. Some cheap brushes work enough for beginners, but there are some brushes that have too bad quality that it’s not worth it for you to buy.  You should ask your teacher for advice on brushes.

You need different brushes to adjust to what you do

It’s same with any fine art, kinds of brushes are very important to perform well on what you want to achieve. It’s definitely better to use good matching brushes for your content and personal style.

 

Read More