Sumi Inks and Accessories
Artists who practice the sumi-e writing and painting style use bamboo or hake brushes to apply black sumi ink to paper. Traditional sumi ink, made from pine or vegetable oil soot, comes in both liquid form or as ink sticks that can be dissolved in water on a grinding stone, then applied with sumi brushes on absorbent painting papers made from rice, mulberry (kozo), or other fibers. Liquid sumi ink can be used full strength or dissolved in water to lighten it. Sumi watercolors also work well for sumi-e wash painting techniques, and for calligraphy, rubber stamping, card making, and paper crafts. Shop Blick for sumi inks and accessories.