Fine Style Ink Painting Process

Chinese fine style ink painting is different from the free style ink painting. It is very detailed and time-consuming process comparing to the fast and expressive free style ink painting. 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 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 and no mistakes can be made. Therefore, understanding the medium and following each step is crucial (see step by step making process below)

 

1. Making a detailed pencil sketch first

2. Transferring the sketch onto rice paper

3. Outlining the image with ink

4. Applying ink from lighter to darker through 6-8 layers

5. Waiting for drying time in between each layer

6. Adding mineral colors first and herb colors second

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

 

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Fuse
Fuse

first layer of ink and color

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Fuse
Fuse

second layer

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Fuse
Fuse

more layers

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Fuse
Fuse

final layer

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Spring
Spring

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

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Summer
Summer

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

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Autumn
Autumn

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

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Winter
Winter

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

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Morning Twister
Morning Twister

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

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Noon Twister
Noon Twister

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

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Sunset Twister
Sunset Twister

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

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Evening Twister
Evening Twister

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Black ( with scrolls)
Black ( with scrolls)

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

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

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

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

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

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