Sumi-e Painting Paper

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Sumi-e Painting Paper


The Japanese term “sumi” means “black ink,” and “e” means painting. To practice the sumi-e writing and painting style, artists use bamboo or hake brushes or brush pens to draw characters and scenes with sumi ink on absorbent sumi painting papers made from rice, mulberry (kozo), and other natural fibers. Japanese printmaking papers are also a great choice for sumi-e painting. These papers can be made from bamboo, mulberry (kozo), hemp, gampi, masa, silk, or other fibers that have been combined with alpha-cellulose to add strength and stability. Shop Blick for all your sumi supplies, including paintbrushes, sumi inks, sumi papers, and tools.