Customer Tip: Making Your Paper More Durable

by Richard Briggs

1)    Spray two coats Fixatiff on the flat side and three coats on the side with lines. (The lined side is more absorbant)

2)    Roll both sides with 1-3 coats of Mod Podge depending on how thick you want the final product to be.

3)    Spray two coats of matte finish on both sides.

All the materials are available at art or hobby stores.  If done properly you will find that the paper is almost as durable as leather and as waterproof as plastic.


Process Done on Bhutan Natural Dyed


DWG Dan Goldman

Los Angeles artist Dan Goldman has shared with us some of his work into the world of sumi-e painting with sumi ink, brushes and different papers (including washi).

They’re sumi ink on paper, 4 panels, each 13.25″ x 18″ (vertical running down from first image to last).

Below is a more traditional ensou by Dan. In zen calligraphy, an ensou is a circle drawn in one or few strokes. It is a symbolic expression for enlightenment, truth, the Buddha nature, and the entire cosmo universe, with the interpretation left for the person viewing or creating it.

We look forward to seeing more of Dan’s sumi-e series, for his previous work, check out his site here.

For HPI papers best suitable for sumi-e: Seichosen, Seikosen, Kumohada-mashi, KH-61 Kozo White, SH-4 Harukaze

Dano Fine Art & Design

We love it when our customers swing by our store with their artwork on our paper, and that is exactly how we came across Daniel Suits and his wonderful ‘Walk From Kanagawa” art on our Bhutan paper. Below are his three pieces inspired by Japanese printmaking, paintings, woodcuts, and…Hiromi Paper! The Walk From Kanagawa is dry pastel on Rural Tsarsho, while The Banyan Tree & The Gate are acrylic paint on Khadi.


Walk From Kanagawa



The Banyan Tree



The Gate
The Gate


If you would like to see more information on the artist, visit his facebook page here!

Tanabata Festival

Tanabata Festival
August 15-17, 2009
1pm-9pm (Sat-Sun)
Central Ave at JANM & MOCA

This year’s 69th Annual Nisei Week Festival takes place August 15-23 in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo and is, for the first time, introducing the Tanabata Festival (or star festival) from Japan. To celebrate, wishes and prayers are written on paper that is streamed on bamboo.

For the Los Angeles celebration, Kokeshi(Japanese dolls) with streamers were created as decorations using Hiromi Paper’s Mulberry Thick rolls. If you are planning to attend, do look out for them!



pictures courtesy of Yoko Nishimura

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