Preparing the Studio for Ink and Wash / Sumi-e Painting
There are some things to consider when thinking about creating your own little painting studio. The most important thing is that you have quiet environment since you want to concentrate on painting. Therefore make sure that distracting elements – radio, television, music or other sources of noise – are avoided. Furthermore, your painting studio must be equipped with enough light. If you don’t have the possibility to have a working place located next to a window, make sure you have a well-working desk lamp that is neither too strong nor too weak.
The Difference Between the Usage of a Pen and the Usage of a Brush
If you want to get started with ink and wash painting, it is essential that you learn how to hold a brush properly. Be careful to get accustomed to the proper hand and finger positions, because it can be difficult to overcome incorrect forms, once they are learned.
Creating Outlines (描/miao) in Ink and Wash / Sumi-e Painting
Chinese artists and connoisseurs have developed a broad range of terms describing the manifold ways in which a brushline can be executed. A lot of these terms have their origin in figure painting, when appropriate descriptions for the depiction of, for example, a gentlemen’s robe were needed. A few of the most important techniques shall be shown and explained here.
How to Control the Ink Tone in Ink and Wash / Sumi-e Painting?
An ink and wash painting does not only consist of outlines and texture strokes. A main aesthetic element in ink and wash painting is the importance of the ink tone and the different shades of ink that can be depicted within one brush stroke. The ink Tone can be controlled through filling the brush, the angle of the brush, as well as pressure and speed used during painting.
Introduction to the Aesthetic Concepts of Ink and Wash / Sumi-e Painting
If one gets engaged with the aesthetics of ink and wash painting (Chinese wash painting), one will soon encounter a lot of contrasting principles, which look confusing at first, but those principles are quite easy to follow as soon as they are understood.