Home Events Turning Japanese with Josie Brown Sunday 13th Feb 2022


Sun 13 Feb 2022


10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Turning Japanese with Josie Brown Sunday 13th Feb 2022


Develop your own Japanese style script, using brush pens on a paper hanging in the manner of their elegant silk panels.  We will consider oriental design principles and use suminagashi, an ink-based marbling technique, together with collaging other Japanese paper scraps to create an impressive simulation of a silk hanging.

Equipment and materials needed on the day by participants:

In addition to most items on the usual calligraphy kit list, please bring:

  • Layout or cartridge paper
  • 1 or 2 brush pens in black
    (suggest Tombow Fudenosuke – one hard & one soft gives more variations;
    Sakura brush pen; Faber Castell PITT; Kuretake Bimoji Fude)
  • Good quality lightweight Ingres, MBM or Japanese paper – white
    (Japanese Simili or printmaking papers are good too)
  • 1 or 2 larger (A3-ish) sheets of coloured papers – lightweight tissues,
    Lokta, Hemp, Mulberry or Japanese straw silk papers
  • Pieces or scraps of Japanese patterned/origami papers – or your own decorated papers
  • Suminagashi papers
  • Wooden/balsa coffee stirrer or length of narrow dowel (max 12” 30cm long)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Red gouache
  • A couple of haikus or short texts suitable for this subject

Specialised materials or tools that may be needed and can be purchased.

  • Various brush pens
  • Some lightweight coloured papers
  • Sheets of paper with suminagashi
  • Coffee stirrers + acrylic paint
  • Selection of patterned Japanese papers