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Purpose/Use: To sample various non-shuen (xuan) papers for landscape and spontaneous styles of Sumi-e and flower and bird painting.
No. of Sheets: 6 types, two sheets each of the following
- Pi 'thin'
- Pi 'thick'
Material: vary from paper to paper, but may contain pineapple fibers, hemp, or mulberry tree
Absorbency: varies, see alternate product photos for specifics
Detailed Dimensions (approximate):
- FengLi 14" x 9- 3/4"
- Cotton 13 - 3/4" x 10- 1/2"
- Ma 12- 7/8" x 10/ 1/2"
- Pi 'thin' 13- 7/8" x 8- 3/4"
- Pi 'thick' 13- 3/4" x 8- 7/8"
- JenHo 13- 3/8" x 9"
Overall Dimensions: 16 -3/8" x 12"
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 landscape painting, "Lingnan School" or as backing for either types of mounting. If you are using these samples for painting and plan to reorder, to be consistent, order either the 10 full sheet packages or the 100 sheet packages. Rolls of 12 cut sheets, tend to be from a different batch. 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.
Sampler Includes Six Papers
- Cotton reacts as if there are traces of sizing. Shows shading and transitions from light to dark well. A Lingnan School favorite, so it can be used as an alternative to shuen (xuan) for spontaneous style artists. Can take washes where needed and can withstand repeated background washes.
- Ma is similar to Cotton but slightly more white. It has little to no sizing and reacts similarily to a raw shuen (xuan) paper. It’s more sensitive to our Pi paper with moisture yet still allows for washes. It’s often used for mounting.
- Pi is sized and thus great for landscapes, but not recommended for florals because the sizing lessens the vibrancy of colors. It lacks absorbency and showcases textured strokes well. Try to crinkle the paper to show spontaneous natural texture lines.
- Pi Thick: one and a half times thicker than our Pi paper. Its thickness is perhaps why the richer color comes alive, because more color is needed on a thicker paper. Also good for texture. With the extra material, it appears to pill at first sight when applying repeated washes, but dries smooth.
- FengLi is yellow in color. Its name means “pineapple”. Not as heavy as Pi Thick, but is characterized as one of our heavier papers. Can handle washes, but isn’t sized.
- JenHo feels similar to our Pi paper but among all of our wet-on-wet papers that can handle repeated washes, our JenHo is the one that has the most sizing. It’s not fully sized but has more sizing than the others in this category as color doesn’t not go all the way through the paper.