Ink Painting Process

 

Chinese fine style ink painting is different from the free style ink painting. The fine style is very realistic and time consuming.  The free style is more expressive and quick.  Both styles require years of training and the deep understanding of the making process especially for fine style. I spent four years studying fine style ink painting at Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing.  Moreover, both my parents taught and practiced fine style ink painting and they had a strong influence on me at a young age.

 

The Chinese fine style painting process is very precise. Working with ink on rice paper is unforgiving. There are no mistakes allowed. You have to follow through each step (layer) in order to get it right. 

 

1. Making  a detailed pencil sketch first

2. Transferring the sketch onto rice paper

3. Outlining the image with ink

4. Appling ink from lighter to darker through 8 layers

5. Waiting for drying time in between each layer

6. Adding mineral colors first and herb colors second

7. Mounting the work is the final part of the process.

 

 

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Spring
Spring

12" x 24", Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 2019

Summer
Summer

12" x 24", Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 2019

Autumn
Autumn

12" x 24", Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 2019

Winter
Winter

12" x 24", Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 2019

Morning Twister
Morning Twister

7.5" x 9.5", Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 2019

Noon Twister
Noon Twister

11.5" x 15.5", Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 2019

Sunset Twister
Sunset Twister

11.5" x 15.5", Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 2019

Evening Twister
Evening Twister

7.5" x 9.5", Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 2019

Moon series ( 9 pieces total)
Moon series ( 9 pieces total)

Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 9.5" x 70" each, 2015

Moon #5 (close-up)
Moon #5 (close-up)

Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 9.5" x 9.5", 2015

Moon #7 (close-up)
Moon #7 (close-up)

Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 9.5" x 9.5", 2015

Moon#8 (close-up)
Moon#8 (close-up)

Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 9.5" x 9.5", 2015

Moon#9 (close-up)
Moon#9 (close-up)

Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 9.5" x 9.5", 2015

Black ( with scrolls)
Black ( with scrolls)

Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 10" x 70", 2015

Black (close-up)
Black (close-up)

Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 10" x 10", 2015

Grey (close-up)
Grey (close-up)

Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 10" x 10", 2015

Green (close-up)
Green (close-up)

Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 10" x 10", 2015

Brown (close-up)
Brown (close-up)

Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 10" x 10", 2015

Irish Red (close-up)
Irish Red (close-up)

Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 10" x 10", 2015

Red (close-up)
Red (close-up)

Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 10" x 10", 2015

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