THE VERSATILE - Unsized Single Shuen Paper


Classic Unprocessed Single Shuen Paper for usage in Kanji Shodo and Chinese Calligraphy and Sumi-e Paintings. Beijing more economical than the premium “Allrounder” of our Dancing Grace Series, The Versatile is positioned between a normal practicing paper and a top-end artwork paper.

Please note that the writing effect on the paper is not only affected by the material and quality of the paper but also the density of the ink which means that the reference picture could be not showing 100% of the real effect. Sharing the experience and writing result of this product by our customers is highly welcome and appreciated.


Single Xuan Paper for chinese calligraphy & sumi-e painting

Paper material: Shuen Paper
Usage: Calligraphy, Sumi-e
Processing state: Unprocessed / Unsized
Dimension: 55.2 in x 28.0 in / 138.0 cm x 70.0 cm
More information: This paper can also be used for Encaustics
Packaging: Folded


The Versatile is no ordinary paper. Handmade from the bark of the Qingtan Tree (Pteroceltis tatarinowii), as well as other ingredients, there are more than 18 steps in the production process.

It is an unprocessed, unsized Xuan paper with good absorbency and softness, making it ideal for both calligraphy writing and sumi-e painting. Interestingly, instead of aging and looking worse as time passes, this paper loses its original roughness as it gets older. Here at the Asian Brushpainter, we recommend our customers stock up on some Versatile paper to use later, after it becomes smoother and easier to work with as well as more visually appealing - than it is in its original form.

Additionally, this paper also is great for Encaustics, which is the art of painting with hot beeswax that has color pigments added to it. Unlike sumi-e or fineline painting, when working with Encaustics, the thinner the paper is, the more luminescent the final product eventually will be.