Rice paper is found in various varieties of thickness, consistency, absorption, texture, etc. To get started, we suggest using one with the least absorbency and of average size (24.5 cm x33 cm).
Brushes are all made of natural bristle (horse, badger, goat, ox, weasel, etc.). They vary in shape, size, length and bristle type. Generally, they can be classified according to brush length, as large, medium or small, and according to bristle length, as long, medium or short.
For beginners, it is advisable to use brushes that have a mixture of both soft and stiff bristles. They are the easiest to use and hold the ink well (average bristle length: 4.5 – 5.5 cm). When you’ve finished painting, you need to wash the brush at once with cold water, dry it and hang it up in a dry place.
CHINA (BLACK) INK
China ink comes in bars made of soot from natural pine resin or rape-seed oil mixed with glue extracted from hide. The China ink bars are dissolved with water while rubbing them on a special stone known as a SUZURI.
INK STONE (SUZURI)
It is usually rectangular, includes surfaces on which SUMI ink is rubbed, and has a small area which holds water. To prepare the ink, you fill this area approximately two thirds full with water, then you dip the bar, bringing a little water along with it to the surface of the stone and start rubbing with a circular movement; the movement has to be clean, constant and vigorous, without exerting excessive pressure.