I'm a paper addict. I love the stuff. I've never held a paper that didn't immediately ask me to bring it home. Japanese papers hold a special place in my heart for its paradox of light as a feather, strong as an ox. Sumi-e paper, aka "rice" paper, is a long fiber very thin paper that is used in Japanese calligraphy and painting. It's fragile when wet but very durable when dry. I use it as a spine reinforcement in bookbinding.
The amount of paint to water determines the value in watercolor. More paint, deeper value. More water: lighter value. When you use a lot of water on Sumi-e paper, the color spreads mercilessly. There is no controlling it. It's a tidal wave.
In today's video, you'll see a bit more about working with this magical paper while I paint patterns to be used in a card project. I matched the paint colors to a few ink pad colors to tie everything in together when I made the cards.
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