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on: July 23, 2015, 03:59:00 PM
Has anyone ever painted watercolor on rice paper?  I saw some paintings in a gallery while on vacation in Colorado that were beautiful.  I do have the instructions for how she did her paintings but just wanted to know if there is anything particular I should know about rice paper.  Thanks.

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Reply #1 on: July 23, 2015, 05:22:32 PM

I've only ever heard of people using rice paper for origami.  Would love to see someone use it for watercolor.  I'll bet there is a YouTube video for it.

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Reply #2 on: July 23, 2015, 05:32:15 PM
This is used for Chinese brush painting.

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Reply #3 on: July 23, 2015, 08:59:20 PM
After painting on rice paper, and because it is so thin, it is then pasted onto a stiffer support.

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Reply #4 on: July 24, 2015, 12:59:05 AM
Thank you Dennis!  I checked out that video, and while there found the one below which I think is how the artist, whose painting I saw, did it.  It was a beautiful iris painting with deckled edges and mounted it on mat board.  I think I might add this to my "to do" list for on down the road.


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Reply #5 on: July 28, 2015, 02:57:38 PM
The art of Chinese brush painting on rice paper if very beautiful. 

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Reply #6 on: July 28, 2015, 03:44:23 PM
i have heard about it too.  What I was told is that they put the rice paper on wc paper for texture.   I do not know much more about it though.


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Reply #7 on: September 11, 2015, 09:34:16 AM

Here are some steps that can help you in WC painting on rice paper-

1. Trace or draw your design with a pencil on the rice paper.
2. Adhere the drawing to the drawing board by dampening the paper and putting Elmer's glue along the edges of the board.
3. Place a tiny amount of water into the ink slab. Start with the black ink stick.
4. Warm up by testing your ink on a test sheet of rice paper using your bamboo brush.
5. Paint the lines of your drawing with the bamboo brush. Work in light layers, allowing the paper to dry between each layer of paint applied.
6. Mix color ink stick paints in the same way as black ink. Layer them onto the painting one at a time.
7. Create subtle gradations of color by applying clear water along the edge of a wet wash.