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"Waves of the Sea" Marbled Xuan Paper (Shuen Paper)

Article: PDE021

A unique marbled Semi-Processed Single Shuen Paper (Xuan Paper) with wave pattern in cappuccino color. Like its lighter brother this paper is used by artists wishing to add an intriguing background structure to their Oriental Calligraphy artworks or Sumi-e and Fine line paintings.

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Paper Material: Shuen Paper

Processing Status: Semi-Sized

Usage: Calligraphy, Fineline, Sumi-e

Dimensions: 55.2 in x 28.0 in / 138.0 cm x 70.0 cm

Packaging: Folded

Decorative Elements: Cappuccino colored marbled decorative paper with darker wave patterns

Immediately striking about Waves of the Sea is surface that resembles the surface of a smooth marble. This was created through a method called Marbling, which gives a similar yet always distinctive look to many kinds of marbled paper. Introduced by Su Yijian (957 - 995) with help from Wen Fang Si Pu, the process has been popular since.

Waves of the Sea is a semi-processed Xuan paper, meaning it has chemical called alum added to prevent water absorbency. The amount of absorbency left depends on the amount of alum added, and this paper has an intermediate absorbency level. With the added bonus that it is a one-ply paper, it is perfect to use for calligraphy.

Some artists also like to use this paper for Sumi-e, as the unique pattern will lend a distinctive look to paintings not found in any other paper.

detail view of the pattern which looks like waves on the "Waves of the Sea" Marbled Xuan Paper (Shuen Paper)