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Some terms and definitions

Shinshi – bamboo fabric stretching sticks

Harite – fabric clamps for stretching fabric

Shibugami –stencil paper made with layers of mulberry smoked with persimmon tannin, which makes it water resistant.

Hera – wooden spatula used for spreading paste through the stencil

Surikomi bake – traditional dyeing brushes

Supplies and Resources:

Stencil paper:

Yupo – Wet Paint Art in St. Paul has large 23x35” transparent sheets for $4.10 (as of December 2011)

Synthetic Japanese Stencil paper -- From Kakishibui,  approx 22x36” sheets ($16.50 for Medium weight as of December 2011). The medium is a good alternative to Shibugami.

Shibugami (the real deal)  -- John Marshall –   John Marshall's supply list with prices.  John carries all supplies and tools for traditional katazome including natural pigments. Also see his website for very detailed instructions on all stages of katazome, including making rice paste resist.  He made and sells a DVD on all aspects of stencil creation; also teaches workshops from his home/studio as well as many locations in North America.

Mosquito screen, duct tape for the screens we make in class: Ace Hardware. A roll (plenty for many screens), costs about $8.

Rice paste Resist ingredients:

Mochiko (sweet rice flour) – any Asian market locally; approx. $2-3 box.

Komon Nuka (defatted rice bran) – not available locally. There are no substitutes. John Marshall is my supplier,  see link to price list above.  Approx. $32/3 lb. bag as of Dec. 2011. It is also available from Canadian supplier, Maiwa Handprints.

Calx – (Calcium Hydroxide) Try your local garden center or farm store. Also known as lime. You don’t need much. Just a small container of it will last a long time. Maiwa also carries this.

Glycerin – Pharmacies don’t always have this. I just got some vegetable glycerin from Mastel’s health foods on St. Clair near Snelling in St. Paul.

Pigments and brushes

Who else? John Marshall!  See link to price list above. He sells a pigment set which is intended for use with soy milk. The pigments last forever. They are from dirt, mineral and plant sources.

Earthhues Natural Dyes – they sell natural pigments (and natural dyes) through a variety of retailers in the US. Check their website.

Maiwa Handprints (Vancouver, B.C. Canada)  Maiwa sells natural dyes, natural pigments, paper and brushes; all katazome supplies.

McClain’s printmaking supplies. Dyeing brushes. (Surikomi bake) Here is a link directly to the brushes:

Make your own pigments from your local dirt! See John Marshall’s website for some instructions. Turkey Red Journal also has some articles written by John and others on this topic.

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