Gorgeous example of katazome on paper

(if you are looking for the Happy New Year Giveaway just click here. You may enter 'til January 15th!) This week the Dreamers Rise blog features a katazome calendar created by Takeshi Nishijima, who was apparently a contemporary of Serizawa Keisuke (1895–1984). Click the image below to link to the full article and to see the rest of the calendar images. They are extraordinary! The blog also features a review of the Serizawa show at the Japan Society of NYC, which closes on January 17th. You can also check out my previous post which shows off my own Serizawa katazome calendar from 1971.



Here are a few observations related to my experiments with Katazome techniques on kozo paper.

  • Next time I will use the thickest possible kozo to minimize seepage through/under the paper.
  • I will also use a dryer brush!
  • The initial batch of soymilk seems to work best for painting because of its body (i.e. the milk resulting from the first spin of soybeans and water in the blender).
  • I am amazed by how the soymilk locks in the color -- 30 minutes in a water bath did not wash out any of it! I am also amazed by the strength of this beautiful paper! I got it from Wet Paint. They get these papers from The Japanese Paper Place in Toronto.
  • All types of paint work well. The most saturated colors were achieved with the silk paint and the gouache; I have yet to try the dry natural pigments that I bought from John Marshall.