Posts Tagged ‘Goldfish’

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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Goldfish – How to Make Use of Watermarks in Chinese Painting on Rice Paper

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

chinese painting brush Introducing the Four Treasures of Chinese Painting: Brush, Rice Paper, Inkstick and Inkstone.
Here is a list of supplies for beginners:
1. 2-5 Chinese Painting Brushes.
You need a pair of soft and stiff brush, or a combination brush to get start. Good varieties in size and shapes are available here for you to choose from. If you already have some Asian brushes, try them to see if they work for you.
2. Sumi Ink. You may use bottled liquid ink for convenience. Tradtitional inkstick and inkstone and are recommended for best result.
3. Rice Paper. High quality of authentic Chinese rice paper are available at moderate prices. We recommend mulberry paper to beginning student for less bleeding and evenly color lending. For advanced students, you might want to try our high absorbent Xuan(shuan) paper.
4. Watercolor Paints. Marie’s Chinese painting watercolor and color chips are available in our online store. You may also use artist quality watercolor or gouache.
5. A Pallete or Two White Ceramic Saucers.
6. A Water Container for rinsing brush, as big as possible.
7. A piece of Felt Pad. It should be in white or light color, no black! Synthetic is fine. Recommended size: 18″x20″.
8. Paper Towel or Hand Tissue. for blotting or to dry the brush.

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“Lucky Rabbit” Calligraphy and “Nine Goldfish” Chinese Painting by Henry Li

Monday, January 16th, 2012

chinese painting ink I did this Lucky Rabbit calligraphy and Nine Fish painting (Jiu Ru meaning “good luck as you wish”) at the Arcadia Mall at the ACA’s 2011 Chinese New Year Festival, wishing them bring you good fortune in year of the rabbit.

I will be teaching an online course at hte this summer. You may pre-register at artfulgethering. This is giving us a “guest list” e-mails. Then you will be invited to the website by June 23rd to formally register. Classes starts on July 16th and last thru to August 20th. Here is my draft class description. Let me know if you have any questions.

Sumi Ink and Watercolor on Rice Paper
July 16th – August 20th, 2011
Learn authentic Chinese painting from master artist, Henry Li. Sumi Ink and Watercolor on Rice Paper is a six week online class that will be suitable for beginners as well as the intermediate students. Step by step, you will see how to select and wield a Chinese brush, how to load it with ink and watercolors, and how to paint on various rice papers. Subject matters include bamboo-and-orchid, flowers-and-birds, animals and landscapes their basic strokes and principles of composition. Individual critiques of student work will be offered upon request, in the classroom setting, or through private e-mail with follow up instructions. Course Fee: $65.00

Here is what the students need to do is go to : and click on the top tab that says “Registration and Policies.” There is paypal or credit card options. It is 5.00 to register for the class event in June..

Materials List:
Materials used in the above rabbit painting are:
1) Semi-sized Xuan rice paper
2) Waterbrushes
3) Marie’s Chinese painting colors
vermillion, sinnibar and carmine

Thanks for watching!


Duration : 0:15:29


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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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Basic Strokes of Painting Goldfish in Sumi Ink and Watercolor

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

chinese painting ink Chinese Painting Tutorial: Basic Strokes of Painting Goldfish, Sumi,

Medium: Ground Ink, Marie’s Chinese Painting Colors, Single Xuan Rice Paper, Waterbrush Pens

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Duration : 0:9:56


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