Quinn here from QuinnCreative and today I’m going to show you several uses of one of my favorite Niji products– their dish of pale gold sumi-e watercolor paint. Rich with gold and possibility, I’ve found several ways to make the most of it. I can’t help it, I love the 2-3/4-inch ceramic dish it comes in. And my new favorite way to apply it is with a brayer–the roller you use to apply ink to printing plates. For today, we are using the soft rubber insert–the pale one.
Here’s what you’ll need for all the projects today:
- Gold sumi-e water color paint
- A dish of water
- A stiff brush, like a fat glue brush
- Several different kinds of paper, including discarded acrylic paintings or colored card stock
- Black paper of a good quality. Strathmore ArtAgain or Arches cover
- A brayer, about 2-3/4 inches wide, with a pale, soft-rubber insert
- Shipping tags
First, we’ll make a card using black paper and gold paint. Use a sturdy black paper like Strathmore ArtAgain or Arches cover. Using a fat, fairly stiff brush (I use a glue brush), mix some water into the dish. Load the brush and then paint a stripe across the paper.
Create a landscape look. Using a piece of paper from a discarded acrylic work you did (or a piece of colored cardstock), run the brayer over the acrylic. Cut a circle out of the acrylic paper and create a science-fiction-theme card by gluing the circle so part of it extends beyond the edge. Trim.
If fantasy cards aren’t your thing, you can use the gold sumi-e paint to color shipping tags, too. I had already painted several of them with acrylics and dried them. I splashed some gold ink on them and rolled the brayer across to add bold patterns.
Last week, I went to the Craft and Hobby Association convention in Anaheim, California. Yasutomo had a booth, and I went to demo Splash Inks. Karen Elaine, the woman who developed Splash Inks showed me a new kind of paper Yasutomo was introducing. It’s made of . . . minerals. Called Mineral White in the origami paper and All Media paper for artists, it is amazing to work with. Yes, it is made from very fine calcium carbonate in a soft binder. It feels like paper, but it has a huge benefit for watercolor artists–the paper doesn’t curl when wet. It stays flat no matter what you do with it. No buckling at all.
Here is a sheet of Mineral White with gold sumi-e watercolor brayered across it. It looks like a landscape of mountains. It’s great for art journaling or origami. You can also use it for origami or collage.
This is the Mineral White with a blue and green Splash Ink wash and a spritz of water to create the look of rain. The paper takes longer than watercolor to dry, and can be manipulated more than watercolor paper, too.
Just because it’s watercolor doesn’t mean you have to use a brush to paint it on! Have fun with this new technique.
(I’m giving away a dish of the ceramic watercolor on my blog today.)