Shingo Francis & Iwano Paper: Part 1

Artist Shingo Francis, who currently lives and works in New York, is currently working on pieces on our Iwano Papers.

Before painting however, he used a traditional Japanese method of “mizubari”, to prepare the paper to be worked on.

Mizubari is a way to provide a stretch to the paper onto a panel or frame by wetting it with water (mizu). Wetting these papers with water will provide space between the fibers, enabling the paper to stretch onto the panel/frame, making a smooth and flat surface to paint on. Once the paper is dry, the fibers will fall back into its original state, but with a flatter surface.

I am looking forward to seeing what beautiful work Shingo has made with this paper!


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