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!