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natural colours

October 10, 2015

after soaking for 12 days, simmering for 3 hours

straining and then simmering

handspun tussah silk in young walnut tree barkP1070775warm golden brown

P1070776 the bombyx silk sample is not as dark and golden

in the garden the colours are a Spring-like pink

P1070755cyclamen

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rhododendron

nerine

back to preparing kiraku kozo paper for shifu thread

practicing Sumi-e  —  Japanese ink painting

so much to learn

P1070767with the help of two marvelous books

The Art of Sumi-e  by Naomi Okamoto

Sumi Workbook  by Christine Flint Sato  (ordered from Japan)

P1070779grinding the ink stick on a grinding stone

“in Japan, students are taught to see the blackness of calligraphy ink as a testament to the strength of mind”

the wonderful pottery water dropper was purchased in Kyoto 20 years ago

all the other tools are inexpensive and purchased on Fisgard Street

Victoria’s “China Town”

P1070780learning to breathe with the brush strokes

mark making — a working meditation

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. myrajdunn permalink
    October 10, 2015 4:22 pm

    I did a couple of classes in Sumi-e years ago. It was great fun and very satisfying.

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  2. October 10, 2015 7:05 pm

    This book is great too, and I think easy to find used.
    http://www.amazon.com/Brush-Meditation-Japanese-Mind-Harmony/dp/1880656388
    What you have done so far is beautiful.

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  3. October 12, 2015 3:12 am

    You’re always growing . . .

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