Calligraphy and paper arts

Our October Meeting

At our October meeting, Shannon Savage demonstrated making non-traditional inks.   She mixed Gouache,  dry pigment  powder by Kremmer, black Chinese stick ink using a black slate grinding stone, and colored Chinese ink sticks using a gaken dish.  She and Pam Hunter provided a wide variety of quality art paper for each of us to try.  It was a rewarding day to visit with others, and find out how the different non-traditional inks responded to being written on quality paper.  I have never given much thought to grinding my own ink but after seeing the demonstration, the vibrancy of the inks and how they flowed I would like to give it a try.  The inks were so superior in color to the bottled inks.
by Becky Riepe
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