Sumi-e, Manga, Shodo, Calligraphy

Sumi-e

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Sumi-e means black ink painting in Japanese.  Although there are various philosophies, in general the artist uses the least number of lines and tones to communicate form, texture, and effect.   Simplicity, spontaneity, self-expression, and harmony with nature are valued qualities.   It can be compared with western style impressionism. 

Manga

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Manga is the Japanese word for a 19th Century art form that we known as  comics and graphic novels.  Mangaka is the artist who creates manga.  Anime is animation, like My Neighbor Totoro.

Shodo

by Richard Eversley, 9 x 12 feet

 Click here to see a short demonstration of shodo style with a small brush by Richard Eversley.  

Calligraphy

Kaze - Wind, monotype with Calligraphy, by Mamiko Ikeda

Shodo can be full of energy and meaning.  Click here to watch  Yoon Deok Hyeon dance with his brush while writing "Have a good Luck New Year."  Best seen with the sound on!

Four Treasures of the Study

The Brush

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Paper

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Ink

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Ink Stone

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The Traditional Tools

Fine Writing Brushes

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Fine writing brushes from Japan, China, and Korea.  Various hairs with bamboo, wood, plastic, and ceramic handles.

Painting Brushes

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Brushes that are beautiful and inspiring.   Various hairs or feathers with wood, bamboo, or horn handles.  Pictured is a brush of feathers with horn handle.  

Performance Sized Shodo

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From 24 to 55 inches.  Horse, goat, or imitation hair with wood handles

Ink Stones and Ink

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Bottled sumi ink from Japan, 2 oz to 64 oz.  Japanese vermillion available in 2 and 5 oz bottles.  We also carry three grades of traditional Chinese made ink sticks.  

Brush Rests and Paper Weights

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Stone paper weights with turtles, wooden dragons, wood and ceramic mountains.

Brush Holders

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Small cloisonne, and two sizes of bamboo brush holders.  (brushes sold separately)

A little more Modern - from Kuretake Zig

Kuretake Zig Mangaka

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Available in several sizes and both rigid and flexible tips.

Bimoji

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Bimoji pens come in three styles - rigid tip (three sizes), flexible tip, and brush tip.  

Brush Pens

Brush Pens

Brush pens with replacement ink cartridges. We carry the small (size 24) and the medium (size 22) as well as silver and gold.

Menso Brushes

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Many professional mangaka use brushes.  Kuretake Zig makes a fine brush with horse and goat hair that is suitable for manga and sumi-e styles.

Tools to practice impermanence

Sidewalk Brushes

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For use with water on the sidewalk.  Practice the gentle art of impermanence.  Telescoping Handle.

Magic Paper

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Practice kanji or brush strokes on either a printed grid or blank water-reactive cloth.  The blank cloth is sold by the foot.  We generally have two sizes of printed grid cloth.