Posts Tagged ‘Free Style’

How to dry-mount a sumie or Chinese painting done on rice paper with silicone release paper

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

chinese painting ink This video shows the dry-mounting process of this free style Chinese painting done on single Xuan rice paper. This method is to transfer the silicon adhesive film to the backing material first, then take the release paper off and mount the painting on. Here are the steps:
1. Cut the Silicone Release Paper to the same size as the backing board or a little bit smaller (about 1/4″ – 1/8″) than the board. (No need to measure!)

1. Place the silicone release paper filme side facing down, or mounting board, foam board etc.

2. Iron it at 180 degree fahrenheit and let it cool a little bit.

4. Peel the release paper off and save it for use in step 6.

5. If necessary, trim the extra adhesive film along the board edge with a glue gun, knife or scissors.

6. Lay the artwork face up on the adhesive film and cover it with the release paper from step 4.

7. Now it’s ready to iron it on.

*Silicone release paper is available at

Duration : 0:12:52


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Nine Goldfish in Free Style Chinese Painting by Henry Li

Friday, December 30th, 2011

chinese painting brush 九如图 – Nine Goldfish is a good omen in Chinese, which suggests best fortune.

Materials List
Brush:Combination Brush of Goat and Wolf hairs,

Paper: single Xuan.
Paints: Marie’s Chinese painting colors,
Ink: ground ink paste from tung oil soot Inkstick.
Glue Water: Peach Sap Glue Powder

* Translation of the corner seal: “Once you’ve gotten the fish you can forget the trap” which is a line from the Taolist master Chuang Tzu. He said:
“The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you’ve gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you’ve gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning. Once you’ve gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him?”
My interpretation: getting the right painting brush is necessary to paint the fish, but it is more important to captured the happy spirit of the fish. If you’ve gotten what I am trying to say, forget about my poor English words. :-)
I carved this seal 25 years ago when I was a graduate student in Nanjing University.

* If you like it I can make a seal like it for you.

Duration : 0:13:6


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