OAS's Sized Shuen Sampler

OAS's Sized Shuen Paper Sampler: Glass, Shimmer & Cicada for Gong- bi (Fine Line) and Spontaneous Painting
No. PA7N
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Purpose/Use: To sample various sized/mature shuen (xuan) paper for the purpose of Gong-bi (Fine Line) or Spontaneous painters looking for a non-absorbent paper
No. of Sheets:
 3 types, two sheets each of the following

      • Glass
      • Shimmer
      • Cicada

Absorbency: non-absorbent
Detailed Dimensions (approximate): Letter size 11" x 8- 1/2"
Overall Dimensions: 12" x 9"

Additional Information: Samples should be used as a guide to determine which papers you as an artist prefer to use in your painting. Our recommedation for using these papers are for gong-bi (fine line) painting. However, they can also be used for artists looking for a non-absorbent paper to do landscape and spontaneous style.

If it's been more than 3 months since you've sampled the papers and are now placing an order based on the sample, check with the OAS staff to see if we've already replenished our supply with a new shipment. You may need to re-sample the paper.

Fully sized papers should be handled with care. Natural oils from your hands and exposure to air can degrade the sizing. It's best to keep the paper in its original container or sealed in a bag while not being used.

Sampler Includes Two Sheets Of Three Papers

Shuen paper that is fully sized is often a singly-ply paper that has an application of sizing (an alum mixture) applied to the paper throughout to make the paper non-absorbent, enabling artists to apply ink or color in the form of a wash to create the color gradations in the art of fine line painting. OAS has created this sampler to familiarize you with the three different fully sized papers that we now offer for Gong-bi (Fine Line) Painting style.

All three types of fully sized paper are suitable for Gong-bi (fine line) painting. Each possess their own unique individual characteristics, but have the same reaction to ink and color: ink/color application floats and is able to be washed to achive layering gradations often found in fine line painting. Ultimately, for Gong-bi painting, the artist may have a preference over one characteristic or another.

Hsieh-i (Spontaneous)

Although fully sized shuen (xuan) paper was traditionally made for Gong-bi (fine line) painting, in recent years, OAS has seen a growing number of artists using it for the spontaneous style of Hsieh-i (also spelled as Xie-yi) simply because there is no challenge with the moisture sensitivity of the paper due to its sizing. It’s in this style of painting we can see subtle differences between the three papers.

    • Glass is the thickest of the three sized papers. Due to its thickness, it may be difficult to see through it when tracing lines for Gong-bi painters. It has the most sizing and can withstand crinkling for landscape techniques. It presently doesn’t have glitter or sparkle that you usually find in a fully sized paper.

    • Cicada is the thinnest and therefore the most delicate. It is the most popular among Gong-bi (fine line) papers. It gets its name because the paper is so translucent in combination with the glistening sparkle remnants of the sizing that it resembles the wings of the Cicada insect. Since it is so thin and delicate, like silk fabric, when mishandled it can wrinkle.

    • Shimmer is possibly the best at showcasing the spontaneous strokes of Hsieh-i (Xie-yi) artists. It’s the middle weight of the three, so still sturdy and also showcases remnants of the sizing in the form of sparkling glitter ... thought not as extensive as the Cicada.


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