Sensational Sumi!

2-Day Workshop

Tuesday, July 6 at 9:00 AM CDT

All Skill Levels Welcome
Design • Painting

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Description

Students will experience the joy of “sumi mark-making” with the sumi brush and various other tools, both commercial and makeshift. Students will explore how the gestural marks are made using a variety of techniques, tools and paper textures. They will learn how to effectively add color to their sumi marks and they will learn about chops, the art of etegami and the Ensō. Students will carve their own signature chop.

Supplies

Following are some information and suggested supplies …
Paper: If you have a stash of paper (we all do, right?), please pull together a variety of papers for you to experiment on-some smooth, some textured (like a cold-press watercolor paper). A good paper for experimenting is Arches Text Wove, if you have some. It has a good medium texture and takes wet media well.

Ink: Any sumi ink will do. Please have available two small condiment-size ceramic saucers to hold your ink as some of your tools will be too wide to dip into the mouth of an ink bottle. You will also need a water container and paper towels.

Tools & Supplies:
For sumi mark-making portion of the class (Day 1):
• A medium size sumi brush-one that comes to a nice point when wet
(recommended: Connoisseur Super White Cloud brush)
• Pointed pen and folded pen (if you have one)
• Sumi ink (e.g., Yasitomo or Moon Palace)
• Various papers-some smooth, some textured like watercolor paper
• Various makeshift tools, such as small pieces of mat board (112″ to 2″ wide), empty t.p. roll, craft sticks, Q-tips, 1″ foam brush, plastic scrubber, lichen or twigs, etc.) … anything you can think of that would make some interesting marks with ink.

For Sumi & Color portion of the class (Day 2)

• A medium size sumi brush-one that comes to a nice point when wet
(recommended: Connoisseur Super White Cloud brush)
• Pointed pen and folded pen (if you have one)
• Sumi ink (e.g., Yasitomo or Moon Palace)
• Various papers-some smooth, some textured like watercolor paper
• Various makeshift tools, such as small pieces of mat board (112″ to 2″ wide), empty t.p. roll, craft sticks, Q-tips, 1″ foam brush, plastic scrubber, lichen or twigs, etc.) … anything you can think of that would make some interesting marks with ink
• Pan watercolors (like Prang) OR pan gouache (like Pelikan) and small brush Note: Fluid acrylics or acrylic inks are OK, too
• Pad of 9 x 12 (or 11 x 14) watercolor paper; Arches Text Wove, if you have some
• Soft pastel sticks (not oil pastels)
• Cotton balls & a few Q-tips
• Natural sea sponge
• Large paper plate (2)
• Colored pencils
• X-acto knife
• Double-stick tape
• Glue stick

These items are optional, if you want to try all of the demonstrated techniques:

• 2″ foam brush
• Metallic gold or silver watercolor
• 1″ wide masking tape or yellow Frog Tape
• ¼” artist tape
• Plastic wrap
• Table salt
• Spray alcohol (e.g., spray isopropyl from Rite-Aid or Walgreens)
• Alcohol inks
• For etegami: Blank watercolor postcards
• For chop carving:
o White plastic eraser (e.g., Moo, Pentel or Staedtler)
o Tracing paper
o Red stamp pad

You are receiving three packets of information:

1. Packet #1-provides an introduction and focuses on the sumi brush as a mark-making tool
2. Packet #2-information about sumi marks with various other tools, and how to add color to your marks
3. Packet #3-additional information about chops, the art of etegami, mobile making, tanzaku strips and the enso

Janet Takahashi

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WORKSHOP LINKS

YUKIMI ANNAND
Sequence: Journey of Experimental Calligraphy

SUZIE BERINGER
The Unconventional Pointed Pen

GEMMA BLACK
Drawing the Fibonacci Sequence

IVAN CASTRO
Basic Rudolf Koch:
Blackletter Und Neuland

ANNIE CICALE
Value Contrast: Exploring the Grey Areas
Word Meets Image on the Page

BARBARA CLOSE
Letters & Blossoms
Graphite Explorations

SUZANNE CUNNINGHAM
Beginning Copperplate Script

JUDY DETRICK
A Letter and a Rectangle

CAROL DUBOSCH
Ben Shahn Lettering

JESSIE FORA
(M) Handwritten: The Art of Tattoo Lettering

RISA GETTLER
(M) Painting Knotty Letters
Visigothic Versals

TAMER GHONEIM
Gothic Lettering Magic with Procreate
Blackletter Circles on Steroids

MIKE GOLD
Breaking the Rules
Spontaneous Creation
(M) Variations in A

HEATHER HELD
The Glittering Vine
Victorian Frames & Labels

NANCY HILLS
(M) Learning to Sketch Out Celtic Knots

THOMAS HOYER
Dynamic Textures
Ruling Pens Beyond the Rules
The Alchemist’s Magic

CARRIE IMAI
Playful Letters
(T) Mastering Italic

GINA JONAS
(M) A Meditative Calligraphy Technique

SALMAN KHATTAK
(M) Pen to Pixels
(M) Lines & Tines

MARTA MAPELLI
Expressive Pointed Italic
Pointed Brush

HEATHER MARTINEZ
(M) Learn to Sketchnote!

HOLLY MONROE
Decorated Letters
Italic Lettering - Basics & Beyond
(M) The Business of Calligraphy
(M) Lettering on Vellum

SUZANNE MOORE
In the Glow of Gouache
Page Dazzle: Patent Leaf Gilding

LORNA MULLIGAN
Loosening Up With Calligraphy & Paint

MICHELE NIDENOFF
(M) Decorative Borders w/Simple Tools
(M) Watercolor & Lettering with Masking Techniques

CORA PEARL
Monoline Lettering with a 'B' Nib
Monoline Lettering Techniques
(T) Foundation Tune-up Class

SALLY PENLEY
Sensational Sumi!
(M) Pastel Dusting Technique
(M) Pleated Scroll Book

JAN PICKETT
Creative Colour for All Occasions
Embossing with Extra Pizazz!
Letters Unlimited

ALI RICCARDO
Graffiti Writing - The New York Lesson
Rudolf Says

ROBBIE SASLOW
(M) Playing With Pens & Pencils
Round & Robust: Exploring Uncial
Simple & Semitic

LINDA SCHNEIDER
The Graceful Marker: Pointed Brush Script
Calligraphy on the Go!

CAROL MEASURES SCOTT
(M) Captivating Color in Calligraphy

MARINA SORIA
The Empty Space, Womb of Shape

JACQUELINE SULLIVAN
Cold Wax Calligraphic Abstracts
(M) Calligraphy & Mark Making with the Gel Plate
(M) Mini Book Madness

JANET TAKAHASHI
The Art of Miniature Painting & Lettering
Sketching Flowers with Watercolors & Ink

NINA TRAN
Flourishes Unraveled

ELMO VAN SLINGERLAND
Broad-edged pen: Roman Capitals

MARK VAN STONE
Versals
Versals & White Vine Decoration

JURGEN VERCAEMST
Colorful Lettering Composition

JULIE WILDMAN
Akim Variations and Long Compositions

ELEANOR WINTERS
Gothicized Italic