CHINE BLUE - Decorative Shuen Paper


Blue Unsized (Unprocessed) Single Shuen Paper for Shodo and Chinese Calligraphy and Sumi-e Painting. With colored red, white or golden ink, beautifully contrasting paintings and writings can be achieved.
The paper itself is a single-ply, unprocessed and unsized Xuan paper, one of the most commonly used types of paper available. It is easy accessibility is explained by the adaptability and resourcefulness provided by this very high quality paper. Unprocessed means, that after the paper was manufactured, no additional chemicals were added to the paper to limit or stop water absorption.


Chinese Decorative Shuen Paper-China Blue Color for Calligraphy & Sumi

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
Decorative elements: Paper in the Color of China Blue
Packaging: Folded


As you may have guessed from the name, China Blue paper is in fact blue. It is also one of the best and most versatile papers available, and the blue color provides a unique and distinctive background for any art you create on it. Nearly any art on this paper will immediately stand out.

The paper is both extremely soft and highly absorbent, which makes it an excellent choice for calligraphy writing. Because of its versatility, however, it also makes a great surface for Sumi-e painting.

Due to how thin it is this paper can also be used for Encaustics, which is a method of painting using hot beeswax that has had color pigments added to it. Because of the nature of this work, the thinner the paper used to create these artworks, the more luminous the final product will be when it is complete.

When chemicals are added to the paper as an additional step to the manufacturing process, the paper becomes known as either processed or semi-processed. For some types of art, the absorption of the paper needs to be limited or eliminated to allow the ink to work in certain ways. To do this a chemical agent called alum is added to the paper. Depending on how much alum is added, the paper will then become either processed or semi-processed. If you are interested in learning more about this process, please visit the Asian Brushpainter Knowledgebase.