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Japanese Black Ink Painting: Beginner's Bamboo

teacher avatar Michelle Wasabi, Trusting the Process

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Konnichiwa: Introduction


    • 2.

      Gather Materials Needed


    • 3.

      Ink: Prep and Meditate


    • 4.

      Rinse and Repeat: Bamboo Stalk Prep


    • 5.

      Rinse and Repeat: Bamboo Bone Strokes


    • 6.

      Rinse and Repeat: Leaves Strokes


    • 7.

      The Branches


    • 8.

      The Pre-Project


    • 9.

      The Final Project


    • 10.

      Sayonara: Conclusion


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About This Class

Michelle Wasabi introduces her first installment of Japanese Black Ink Painting referred to in Japanese as SUMIE (pronounced: sue-me-ay) This lesson provides detailed instruction on how to paint a sumie bamboo.

Michelle will take you on a journey through all the sumie materials needed, a brief meditation/mindfulness exercise, and all the components to create a bamboo masterpiece. This is a beginner’s lesson plan for anyone who has never painted before.

Quick History Point: Sumi-e originated in China in the 8th century. It was later introduced by Buddhist monks to countries like Japan, Korea, and Malaysia.

Michelle landed herself in both sumie and nihon buyou (classical Japanese dance) classes while living in Japan for two years. She loves the natural and endearing aesthetic of the brushstrokes and the minimalism of the final product.


Class Outline:

Materials Needed

  1. Paper: Printer paper, watercolor paper, or rice paper
  2. Felt or Cloth
  3. Paper towels
  4. Water dishes
  5. Two Brushes
  6. Ink or Watercolor
  7. Optional Stamp
  8. Pinch of curiosity

 *Sumi ink stains clothing so dress appropriately.

Class Overview: 

Ink Prep and Meditate: Learn the traditional method of grinding ink and follow an optional meditation to promote living in the moment.

Rinse and Repeat: Bamboo Stalk Prep: Practice mixing ink, placing your brush, and preparing to learn the bamboo bone brushstroke in the follow-up lesson.

Rinse and Repeat: Bamboo Bone Strokes: Repeated practice of creating the bony foundation for your bamboo stalks. Yes! Your bamboo should look like bones. You will also learn more about nodes.

Rinse and Repeat: Leaves Strokes: Have some fun learning the narrow-wide-narrow stroke used to make leaves.

Branches: We will use the same bone stroke just smaller. Nodes are also added to connect each bone.

 The Pre-Project: A little confidence boost to prepare for your final project.

 Final Project: Creating your final masterpiece by combining all the bamboo elements you learned today. You will walk away with something you can admire for its minimalist qualities and depth of monochromatic color. Please share your projects and bask in the glory of your first of many bamboo paintings.



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1. Konnichiwa: Introduction : Hi. Welcome to my first social class. My name is Michelle. I'm a psychologist and arts dancer and bringing you today a lesson on Japanese black painting which will be referring to from here on out, as Sunni or Sunni, Samir was actually introduced Japan by China many years ago talking. This isn't ancient, our aesthetic. It was brought to to Japan, from China by Buddhist Zen months. And so there's actually a natural, a natural, meditative practice that's integrated into Sunni A our aesthetic and the rituals are preparing. So actually gonna be taking you through all the different steps in this beginners beginner class to come out with a masterpiece at the end, your final project is going to actually be bamboo. That blue is one of the four gentlemen of senior art. So you will actually come out with learning one of the four in this particular lesson. I'm really, really thrilled to bring you a skill and a lesson that taught me so much that provided me so much on my adventures in Japan, where there was just a lot happening and space that has given my symbiote class provided a place to process and to really immerse myself. I hope that you'll enjoy this ride with me and stick with it to the end. You're gonna do great in my classes. There's no such thing as perfection. And so, in my class, mistakes are embraced. I don't even see them as mistakes. I hate to call that, but you might see something as a mistake or something is perfect. And I embrace that. I want you to be a little messy. I want you to be creative, jump right in and have fun and used art to your advantage. There No judgments. Here is my point. So come along for the ride with me. We're gonna get this thing started, has you, Michelle? Cup. Ready. Let's go. 2. Gather Materials Needed: So you're gonna need a few things to consume you. This looks like a lot of items. I'm gonna try to break it down, so it looks look a lot less overwhelming. Okay, so you're going to need paper. And when you're practicing, I encourage you just to use some printer paper. Or if you have newspaper sent us well, you go to the grocery store. They tend to x for paper bags. You could use that to just wanted me to practice on instead of using your right. Just pray translucent. It's light. You don't wanna say. Maybe you don't really want to use this for practice. If you really want to save this for your final project, If you don't feel like going out purchasing this, that's fine. Try your project on some watercolor paper. Just do the whole thing on your printer. So because this paper is pretty thin, I want to be able to protect your surface. So here I've got some felt you can just grab some other type of soft material and put it down. This one has it like a plastic backing. You don't really love that, but you want you something kind of soft if you if you are using the rice paper. If you're not using my saber, just find something that can protect your surface. You want paper towel or this kind of mesh rag? It's kind of like reusable paper towel. You need at least two shallow dishes. Okay, that could be surrounded dishes. You can always cut some a cup in half like a plastic cup, and use that. You need something that's deeper and you need to deep one. So you always want to have a place to rinse your brush, and I need to have clean water so you don't need to use ceramic. You could use whatever you like, but you're going to have to deep water reservoirs, and you're going to have to shallow ones. They have one of these, like I droppers or a spoon so that you can get some water into your dishes. If you like, you could use a stamp at the end of your final project. Share more in the actual video of that you really used. But if you wanted to make one, you can just grab an eraser. Actually, a fresh clean racing here got eraser and carefully drop or dig out the image that you want . Now we've got brushes. You just need to brush. Is I'm going to be using this might be like a eight, maybe size eight. So I've got my city brushes that most comfortable using that you do not have to use brushes that are made with animal hair. I'm just using these because it's what I have. And I didn't want to go out and buy a bunch of new brushes, so you should feel the same way fearlessly. Wait, Don't go by a bunch of items that you have a silly use all the time. Use what you have. You could use a synthetic brush. This is a symptom setting one here that I typically use for my kind of contrast Fresh. So if you were to use sizes here, you know, six or eight, then you want to pick up. Now grab one of your fours. Essentially, this is a four that's animal hair, and this is a four that synthetic next, most important thing. Your ink here is a traditional way. Okay, so here is an ink stick. It's made out of soot and glue, and this is your ink grinding stone putting modern here and show you how you're gonna grind the ink This is made of sit and glue it stains. So please do not wear clothes that you have. I'm gonna keep saying Simeone stinks soothing extinct. It states, Then we've got pre made Think so This one takes all work out of it. Quality wise. Of course, you're so stick. Is that that be better quality. But this is gonna be more realistic for you going to maybe dicks and like whatever they call themselves now and maybe $5. If you do not feel like picking up, it's it's Sumi or India. If you don't feel like picking any of this up, that's OK. If you have water colors, you can do that as well. Here my watercolors air a little bit messy when I have 1/2 half watercolors here. So anyways, your this is the black. You can make the ink wash with this black, so I can explain more later. But you can also water. If you were doing the traditional route, chances are most of you aren't. But I will show you what your table look like with Theo items that you use If you're buying cream creamy. Think two dishes may think you're deep wells and something to pull water from. I was used to spoon for now. Okay, protect your service. You're gonna have two brushes. We're gonna have a paper towel or a mesh reusable rag, and you're gonna have paper. This is what it looked like. So I've got two brushes, paper, something protecting my surface. My because this will go in here and this one will will use to create a great watch. And then this is going to be used for pulling water out. And one side is for rinsing my brush and other size have clean fresh water all the time. If you're doing the traditional route, we're gonna take this away. But this so he's airing Stick to grind. That will go away. Left with Well, with think. This will be a gray wash and everything else stays the same water. You'll have your water called here. This will be your well think so. Your main inc. And then you'll put water in here and you'll make a great wash. That's it. 3. Ink: Prep and Meditate: everyone. In this lesson, we are going Teoh learn the traditional way to Prepare Inc. And inherently Preparing Inc has meditative qualities to it. So I'm actually going to pair this part of the lesson with a visualization and mindfulness activity. You can choose to do whatever practice you would like, whether it's what I'm demonstrating, watching TV, listening to music, whatever feels right for you. Let's get started. Once you have your stone and your instinct, you're going to grab some water and you're going to put a few drops off water that near the middle of your stone of your grinding stone. Okay, and you can choose to hold your ink stick anyway that she was like whichever ways comfortable. Typically, you put two fingers on the top, but that's you that's not necessary to do this exercise. Okay, now there's a pattern to grinding your ink stone, and here's a pattern. It's put thestreet in the water, and you're going to circle one to three, Then push to awards the well and pull back. Rinse and repeat essentially, so you're going to circle one to three, then push the ink stone forward to rinse. Pull it back and repeat circle one to three. Push, rinse, pull and repeat, And that's what you're going to dio for about 15 to 20 minutes. If you would like dark, will take black ink. So that is why one. It's a bit meditative because it's a repetitive pattern, but also there's time. So there's time to do something that can feel restorative and prepare you mentally, emotionally and even spiritually for your art, for your for your creativity. So I'm going to take you through mindfulness and visualization that might help to occupy your time. Um, or you can again choose anything that you would like to do. If you are taking the traditional route to start, let's focus in on the moment. Focus on all of your senses. So what do you hear? What do you smell? What do you feel? You'll start to notice the smell of the ink, and you can obviously hear the grinding of your angst. Oh, and whatever other noises are around you, so taking a moment to activate in the moment mindset and focus. Now, taking three deep breaths in so everything into top of your breath and exhale the hand breathing in and exhale on breathing it again really deep, and now I want you to imagine sunny beach. Quiet, gentle breeze through your fingertips and your hair. White sand, crystal blue water. Beautiful palm trees right blue sky in place, A few faint wispy clouds in the sky and under your feet. You can feel warm, dry sand and this son warming up your shoulders, Remembering to breathe. I want you to slowly walk towards the water, remembering to breathe. Minding your ink stone one to three. Rinse and repeat as you're walking towards the water under your feet. You can notice that the Sandis less dry it's a nice cool temperature. Contrast to the warmer stand and the sound of the water as it laps against the beach and remembering to breathe. I want you to take one moment to sit down on the edge of the beach, allowing the water to touch your toes and pairing out the water level, noticing the ripples on top of the water as it moves very gently and the sound of the water and the taste of assault in the air. I want you to take this moment in. It's a quiet, peaceful, safe place. Set your intention for your art for this therapeutic time with this coping space. Is it a restorative time for you? As you think about your intention, take three deep breaths and and you can continue for as long as you like before moving on to the next lesson. Please dry off your ink stick to preserve it. And every time you are done using your grinding stone, you would also rinse that out after each use, uh 4. Rinse and Repeat: Bamboo Stalk Prep: right, So we're gonna go ahead and get started. So I'm actually going to do all of our practice with the pre made. Like I said, the material section of black Sumi ink or India ink so you can use either one runs about 4 99 $6. If you don't want to do that for this project, you can use your water colors. So here is my black watercolor. You can add water and there, and this would be your You're well color the well color. When I refer to well color, it's the darkest black. Essentially, it's the primary black that you used to make other colors. Well, I should say other washes. Okay, so in this section, we're going to focus on the main part off the bamboo, which is the stock. Or you can even call it the stem. Any of the resource is that I mentioned here. I'm gonna put in the description box and make sure that it's available to you whether it's images or other details that I mentioned here. Okay, so in case you don't already have this set up, let's get so water going into one of the dishes gonna get this amount of water. If you don't have one of these squeezy things, you could grab a spoon and through water into your dish. Okay? No, I like to have my main dish left and my other dish to the right. So just a quick reminder that Sumi ink states Sumi ink stains. So I've got on my scrubby close, that one there. Black pants. I'm not really worried about it and undershirt that no one will ever see through a little bit of ink in here. Feel it more. We can always keep at it. I don't want to overdo it, especially because it is about five or $6 rather use as little as possible. All right, so we're gonna you always want to wet your brush first. You don't want to ever just put your brush straight into this. Remember that the ink is actually made of sit and glue. Just another reason why you want to keep your items clean after each use. So now that I have a wet brush, I'm going to take some ink from here and place it in here. I'm just going to do it in small increments because I don't want my gray wash to be too dark. I would work with a a slightly light to medium great wash. Someone's gonna kind of dab it in there. It looks, but enough. And let's just test that out. So when a mix that in on All right, then let's see what this looks like. Okay, So what I think I'm gonna do is I'm going to add a little bit more water because I wanted to be a slightly lighter than that. So a little bit more water? Um, just rinse that out. Try that again. Yeah, because it typically drives a little bit lighter than it looks on a page on the paper. I might add a little bit more. So you're just gonna work it until you get it the way you like. Now, one way to test this out is to load your brush with the great wash, and you're gonna be doing this quite a lot. So start getting used to wiping the side of your brush. Um, against your dish. You. This is considered a wet brush. Very wet brush on white thing in here. If you'd like, you can grab some paper towel and make it, you know, less wet by dabbing it here. But you're always going to at least like excess off to the side here, and I'm in the ground some dark in here. I'm just gonna like it across the page and see if I like that. Yeah, I'll do that, As you know, is I'm not really do anything special here. I'm simply loading my brush and you can either just a test to see what it looks like here. I'm just gonna play around with it, put a little bit on the tip of your brush because you want a bit of a contrast. But just to see what that looks like. All right, if you're satisfied with your great wash and you feel like you have enough black ink and look at your page, you're like, OK, looks all right. Let's go ahead and talk to society. Now we're going to start working on the stem off the bamboo. Each component of the bamboo has its own brushstroke. So this is why I've sectioned the class this way. So the the bandits Sten and the branch of a bamboo, which will be in later steps they both had the same bone Brushstroke. That means is you want your stems will look a boat and the way you do that So you dip your brush in loaded with gray. I don't like the excess. I'm not going, Teoh dab it here cause I actually want a wet brush. And then you wanna just put the tip of the brush in the black? We can put more black on, but right now, we're just gonna keep it simple. So I just want you to start by pressing your brush against page and lifting. This is the first step in your bamboo stroke, so you gotta press and lift. Okay? So I know some people might be holding the brush up and going down. Feel free to if you like, and press and lift and press and lives Notice. I'm not reloading the brush. There's no need to continue reloading the rush. In fact, what's beautiful about Sumi and what it tends to encourage is like I said in my intro imperfections and the complexity that you get, I'm just putting the brush back two point. But the complexity that you get from it drying out, having patches which you'll start to notice across the page. Okay, So I was gonna keep going. I just wanted to get used to to this. I'm going to do the next round with that brush. Think Congressional slept with water, loading it gray wash. Now, synthetic Bush has a little more of a spring to it. So press lease, press release. So I'm moving my brush around. Just kind of getting a feel for what it does. I think it works a little better when it's completely flat. Okay, so you get across the page, I feel like I've got enough practice. We're going to move on to a move on. All right? So now kind of runs in the brush. I rinse the brush in between because I don't want the dark ink to make my gray wash more dark. Okay, So remembering your practice this time you're going, Teoh, lay the brush down and press down. Then you're going to allow the brush to spring back as it wants to naturally want to spring itself back. But you're not going to lift it from the page, so it's going to be press spring back. Pull it across the page press down and then lifted up. It's turning my paper a little bit a little more comfortable, so we're gonna press and lift, drag and press. Okay, Try that again. Press drag and press. You could make it as long as short as you like. Press drag and left. Chris released drag press lift. Gonna practice all over this page here so that you can see we're not gonna waste too much paper. I know what seems like a lot. Okay, you're going to start noticing it looks a bit like bones and look even more like bones. And we're actually doing it the way we're supposed to do. So, um, all right, so keep practicing that you feel like you've got a pretty good bone structure bone structure. Ha ha ha ha. Get it. All right. I know. Not recently. Let's go to the next lesson to complete our bamboo stocks. 5. Rinse and Repeat: Bamboo Bone Strokes: this is very going to start and create our semi project. And we'll keep building off with this same page. You're going to do the exact same thing, but how you starts going to be a little bit different. So we're gonna get a load of rush with great wash, and I'm going to dip. Gets much black, as you'd like on the tip. All right. Typically, when you paint, you pay in the direction that the the object or planned, whatever it is is growing. And we are gonna do that with bamboo. When you start your band, do you pick between about half an inch, two inches from the bottom of the page, You're going to decide where you're gonna start. Let's start about two inches from the top from the bottom of the page. If you're right handed, the other page turn This way, you can go over to this corner and start about two inches from the bottom of the page, and you're going to have the same stroke, except it's going to go right off the page. So you're gonna place the brush, slide it down right off the page, and that's how you're going to start your bamboo even for the final project. Que me, like a good tip to the press. Spring up and slide it right down to the page. Now, you don't want to reload. You want this to stay as its other than maybe bringing your brush to a point and you're going to continue. So in order to have that bull like, look, you want to get kind of close to the next phone, but not touching, So I'm gonna place my brush pretty close, but have the same stroke, okay? And you could do very blanks. So this one was kind of long on, but I'm going to do another one and go right off the page. That's only giving me two links here. But that's okay. We can vary it up. So without dipping it, I'm just bringing back to a point. We're gonna do another one, and I'm gonna take it right off the page. These do not have to be in line with each other, right? This is not have to start exactly what the other ones started. You wanted to be a little bit off because that's the way bamboo looks when you're checking it out from far. That's the way it looks, kind. It's dancing on dancing bones camera rinse and gonna vary my color a little bit more. So I'm gonna get my great wash under load up mawr black thing that I've done before, Like about half of my brush is gonna have black ink. Now, you do not want to start this next one at the same line. Let's start by a little bit lower so and and going to make it curve a little bit. So I'm going to start here press right now down back to a point, press going up Shorter stroke. I'm gonna get three of these little spaces here. This was going to go a little bit off to the side in direction of this. Okay. So that it's not perfect. Not completely. Even this make it a little bit broken. That's okay. We're going to do one more. I'm gonna take one from starting over here, and I'm going to make it kind of curve and use the these connections. These little bone essentially to create movement. I do. A little bit of we've been a lighter stock. Having many different colors is very natural because actually, you look at a bamboo at bamboo pictures. You're going to notice that they are different colors. They're different shades of green. Okay, so I'm going to start this one pretty low. Someone started around here in a press and put it off the page. Go in this direction here. All right, so I've got these three pieces of bamboo here. There's a piece in between each bamboo stop, and I'm going to demonstrate on a separate piece of paper you use this demonstrates on set this aside. This is just old grocery shopping bags with these nodes. We're going to load with great wash. I'm gonna dab some of the water out of it. And so that I have less of the wash and really get some black ink in there some. Well, Inc, you're gonna learn three ways to fill in the middle. Most popular one is like this. You bring a swish down, bring it over and then you push back so you bring it down very lightly. You don't pick up the brush, you bring it over to the right and you swish back. This is actually Con Ji. Han Ji is one of the ways that you write in Japanese and it's the congee for Coco. Coco is heart. So you're actually doing somewhat of the country for heart. In fact, it's like candy for heart. I think it's like this this, this this might be doing a little bit wrong. I think you have Teoh come in here and then usually like that. Anyhow, there are these little ventricles is essentially what those are. But, uh, you're only doing the body of it. And so I'm gonna do that again. This is a most popular one. Nice people, people years. I love using this one. You pull it down, bring it across and flip it back. Bring it down, Pull across. Put it back. Another one that you can use. Think this one's actually used usually depending on the view. This is more like a head on view of the bamboo Stop. This one's like angled down is one of a kind of angled up. Think of it as brackets. So then you have this one where you pulled down, bring it across and pulled down. So now you have two that are pulled down. So you pulled down. Bring it across pulled down, so that was a little easier. Pulled down. Bring it across, pulled down. Then you have the opposite. Essentially, Like I have been doing this. So that's gonna be pulling down. Bring across something. It up pulled down. We get across something up. All right, pull down. We get across the you got a top bracket. You've got this middle one, which is Corporal, and then you've got one that's pulling it in. It's kind of like decently go in while those that the stocks are still wet. These thoughts we not be what, plus anymore. Plus, we're using printer paper, which won't have as much of a Bly's rice paper. So we're gonna do with, anyways, here, going to put one that brackets up. So I'm gonna pull one down, bring it up, and this one I'm going Teoh, but little bit. What do you call a heart down and bring back? Okay. I'm going to do all three here, so I'm gonna pull this one down, bring it up and going to do coke bottle here, and then I'm going. Teoh, bring this one up. This I'm going to do all three just to show you what that looks like. This is 1st 3 stops. When you feel you are more confident doing these and you feel okay with it, please submit it to the Project gallery. I would love to see it. Ask questions. Feel free. I'm here for you. I want to be able to answer your questions as you go along. But please don't forget. Have fun while doing this. Perfection is not our game here. It's an A plus, plus Korean perfection. 6. Rinse and Repeat: Leaves Strokes: Now you have to get started on leaves. Be learning a narrow wine. Narrow. Okay, a narrow. So in this video, and actually changing up my brush a little bit. I just wanted to play around with some other sizes. So this is actually my size six. I'm going to use this from here on out for the rest of the video. This is what it looks like. I'm not gonna dip into the black right now. I'm just going to show you first. What? Narrow, wide, narrow looks like. So you're going to have a light touch on the page. And as you are cooling across the page, you press depth and then you keep pulling across the page and you lighten up. You are going to use this stroke in the lease for this project. It's actually also used with four kids, which is another one of four Johnson of Simeon. Even though this is not what you're this isn't exactly how you're going to do. The band believes as faras across the page is not the way they look. But I just want you to practice going across the page for right now. I'm gonna add some ink when you do bamboo leaves. In fact, you want it to be very dark. So bamboo leaves are done in a very dark ink. Typically. Okay, so you're going to do narrow wife narrow with your brush stroke. Here's a look at with my my tinier brush that I used for the stock, which if I'm going to use that stock for that I previously did to add leaves to it, I'm gonna have to go back to this brush If I really wanted to have the right contrast. Okay, So once you feel you've gotten enough practice with that, you fill the page. We're going to start working on the actual leaves in the pattern. I don't want the leaves to scare you. I want you to have some free. Just play around, have some fun, change the direction of your brush. Don't even think about it. Just just go for it. Here's how you're going to do your lease. You're gonna get more comfortable this along the ways that you can kind of play around with the order of things. But starting with five, please, because a lot of the main branches have five leaves together, so you're going to get some great wash on. They're white. They're not gonna come. And I am gonna keep it pretty. What? And I'm going to grab a good amount of black ink. So using that same concept of narrow, wide narrow, no matter what direction your leaf goes in, you're gonna do narrow. Why narrow now when you're looking head on and the leaves are plucked over, think of the the angle of what that looks like. Um, you're only going to see the, like, the wide part of the leave for the most part. So we're going to do that with the 1st 1 you're gonna pull up and then back down, So you wanna pull up Narrow back down? Why? So you wanna pull up, narrow back down why, and then go to their Okay, that's your middle leaf. Now, tagging on, you could go and I need any on any side you have, you're gonna fit five leaves here. Even if it leaves the page, you're gonna five. So why didn't bush up its, um, brush bush load the brush up with some more Will Inc. Okay, now I'm gonna start over. Here is where I'm comfortable, even started their silent said narrow, wide narrow. So let's just say that stems like pointed down here. So another stem is going to be connected to it. Been a pull here and who narrow wide in the narrow. I'm gonna keep going, getting some more black. I'm gonna take this next one up a bit higher up a little bit higher than down. This is gonna give it some move made in some fun and make it as realistic as you can get with this style painting. I'm gonna bring this one down for the start and then back up and by and back way all right , so I just wanted to be a little bit different time. As far as like where it's starting front, it just gives us a variety. You're gonna find what you like most. Now, this one is This is a younger almost with the younger leaf. So I'm gonna make sure it's sprouts up a little bit higher. And that was kind of going off page this one this fifth leave. I'm also going to make a young leaf, and it's gonna take off the page. So here got these, like, fine leaves. That's just one direction. Let's let's mix it up. So when you do your next one, you start started on a different side or start a little bit higher as faras where the stem is because you got to think a little bit about. Okay, where is this step? Uh uh, All right. I love this face open so that we can work on putting me to leaves. Kind of like if you know, if you look at the leaf from a suck the side view, So gonna grab some more black ink? Well, Inc, and we're gonna take it from the side on, have it come out. And then if there was a stock coming in like this, then this other one might start here, for example, you're a wide narrow and come off the page like that. Okay, so that might be a piece of stock that's coming from down here growing this way and just has these two split out from the stock. And then maybe over here, we've started growing this bunch of leaves in this direction so we can put some going in the other direction. So again, narrow, wide, narrow. And then here uh, see past the start, their their wide narrow. That way, maybe this one has three, actually. So maybe I'll take one on. Don't put it down here. And what it down? Okay. Narrow white. Never with us. Narrow, winding, narrow. Glad. And what Here are some of your leaves. Keep on going. You can keep on, but you could make an entire page. Just lease whatever you want to do. Do until you feel satisfied. You can now take some of this great wash and you leaves in the back. The great thing about Sumi A something for you to think about when you're painting is that the black well color will always sit on top of light colors. Here's what I heard. This is what I need. Okay, just start putting in so some other no leaves here in the back ground in the background, See, with this year. All right. So when that dries, you'll notice that which makes sense does make sense when you think about this is dark. Therefore, the great wash 7. The Branches: we're almost there. We're now going to work on the branches. I mean, my synthetic brush. Okay, branches refer again back to the the pictures that I provided these branches. If you look at the real picture of real life, one is actually back behind my house. So crazy that cut bamboo just growing behind the apartment complex. So what's pretty incredible about the branches of bamboo? It almost looks like they don't exist. Sometimes it's almost like magic. That thes floppy leaves are being held up by these skinny little branches. It's kind of crazy when you think about it. So we're gonna go actually straight in to make these batches. We're gonna go straight into the black. You kind of want Teoh have a dry brush for this. You don't want to be too wet. So I'm gonna she going Teoh. Many use pencil. So think of what branches on the band look like. They kind of birch. It's a draw. Draw, arch. And then from that arch, you could draw another article, you know, above that draw another arts stress and arches, right? Just draw some marches. So you have something to fall along with, just like the band loose stuff. This is not about having a straight line. These these leads air weighing down skinny branches. So think of it like that. The movement. You want to make it look like it's dancing. That's one thing. My sense it was pretty good at was expressing. Tow us the essence, like you're capturing the spirit of whatever it is that you are producing. All right, so just using my well color bone stroke is you press you lighten up, drag and press again, press you lighten up your stroke, and then you press again. This isn't quite dry enough, but this ain't dry enough. I need this to be more dry. Yeah, like, kind like pencil. Like charcoal. Actual trouble. All right, so you press pull and you press okay, and then you don't want to be equal. So here I have no equal. That's not work. So it's kind of like it's almost like you're spouting out of it. If you wanted to look a little shaky like some of the best branches have ever seen done have been when they're just kind of like, kind of like all over the place in a way. So I've just loaded my brush up some more, thinks that you can actually see what I do it. So I doing the bone strokes, impressing, lightening up and pressing again and then pressing down close to it the next one previous one lightning of my stroke and impressing and I'm gonna keep going. It was a different lengths because it doesn't necessarily grow the same length each time when you're going to split your branched off in the other direction. It always grows from one of these little the part that connects the note. So and usually from a little place have this one grow kind of, uh, can also, if you want, just go across the page, start there in between each note. You have to put that heart signature there so you can either dio the cocoa, which is you bring it down, process back, or you could do a flick and a flick. So it's like, flick it, lick it so you could see they're pretty similar. It's all about style preference, things like and I'm not thinking about it. I'm just going Once you get that movement down, don't think about it. Just just do it 8. The Pre-Project: No, I'm using this because this is a pre project products. So you allude our brush with gray wash. Then we're going to dip it in the black, get a good amount of black on there so that we can have my contracts to our stocks. So before you start messing around with leaves, think about where these leaves would be. We will not have any leaves going across here. We may just want to put them right here. I'm gonna put mines here because it's open space. I can imagine, you know, a branch growing and branches, by the way, only grow from this in between place with no czar, we typically grow from a low place kind of up, so narrow on bringing straight down fish. Okay, I'm gonna pick another place to start. I think I'm going to bring this up here and bring this leave down here on and then I'm going. Teoh, you need bring this leaf starting lower down. Um, and kind of bring it up and out. We could actually use a pencil for this as well you can think of. Okay. I had a piece of stock and had arch. Where is it. Well, it's coming out like that. I'm going to put some big leaves right in here, and then just keep on going and put leaves where you feel they should be along the branches that we haven't filled in as yet. Yeah, I'm gonna go in behind all of this, all these leaves, and I'm going to put in some lighter leaves that are sitting in the back of all the mean lease. Uh, all right, that feels pretty good to me. I don't think anything else. Okay, Now, you want to put this aside to dry When you do your branches, you typically want this to be dry. Don't want too much extra bleeding when you go to put branches. Once you think it's pretty dry. This'll isn't 100% dry, but I'm not too worried. So fine where you're going to put your bridge. So I started from here and want to arch it up this way, and I'm gonna have another one that cuts through these so that I know that. Okay. Whoa. These air being held up by something. Okay, It's a press release and pull. And remember, this is not about it being perfect. You don't want them to be the same length each of us. And now we're gonna go back into the well and start putting so little. Either you're going to pulled down across and flick four. You're going to sweat in it. So I like the swiping, and I think it's like I think it just looks really great. And that's really fast. All right, believe it or not, Everyone, that's it. You've got a part of your bamboo, you have your leaves and you have your branches. Smaller components are the notes. We're going to move on to the final. 9. The Final Project: This is the right paper introducing you to the right paper. There's a rough sign not going to use. I'm gonna be using smooth. Uh, I'm protecting my surface here because this paper is very sick. So load up the brush on guitar. Great. Wash. I'm not going to drive it over here. Gonna keep it nice. And what and I'm going to get is much ink on there. Is it? Like you can put a little You can put a lot, Remember, you're going to start a little bit away from the edge and you don't actually pulled down. I'm going to start mine kind of low this time in the corner and start here, press enough and pull down. Okay? And I'm not gonna reload. Just reshaping my brush. I'm gonna keep on going. You can choose to add one more if you like. I'm going to stick to just to in this particular project. I would love to see your creativity and your freedom of choice. Um, in your final project, just dipping the tip of my brush to get some black ink. And I'm going to get, um, my notes going stand back and look at your beautiful Mandy stars. Well, who looks great. All right, that if you tell yourself that, right, stay confident. Looks great. This is wonderful. It's looking really nice. Absolutely. Okay, so now we're going to start working on the leaves. So thinking about where your branches coming, I'm going to put my my branch starting here and like a nice low sleep. So I know I'm going to put some leave somewhere around here. Yeah, I feel like I've got a really nice amount of leaves. I'm I'm liking this a lot. So with that done, let's go in and put in gravies. It's totally gonna bleed, but it's OK, especially using rice paper. It will lead, but it's fine. - So I've got some really great bleeding going on. Um, it's blurring the lines, which it's what you want. You really want it to be a bit blurred. I got so my dry mostly drive until it's still a lot of bleeding. Meaning is great. If you want less bleeding, then you want to wait before you put a lighter color behind your leaves, so that would take care of that. So we load up with gray. Good, it kind of dried off a little bit, then loaded up with well color and then tap that a few times just a get some of the color off some of the moisture out, and we're gonna pick where we're starting. I said that I wasn't started hair this lower node. So starting with the bone, we're gonna press and strike and press strike and going Teoh kind of bring it over. Remember, your strokes aren't gonna all be the same length. I'm gonna take a piece from right here, and I'm going to make a branch that comes out and down to go in and put in my notes. Traditionally, Sumi a pieces have a stamp at the end. Once you're once you've completed your work and this stamp is something you actually use not only an art, but in government paperwork. So when you're living there, you actually have to have one made with your name. And of course, if you don't have a Japanese name, you have to end up making one up. But because this lesson does not focus on the stand, but it's not necessary for this particular lesson. I'm just going to show you where you can put the stamp, and just so you can see the finished product Okay, so you can actually grab an eraser, carve out any shape or initials that you would like grab some ink whether it's ready and gore gluing whatever color you have and choose a place to stamp your painting. 10. Sayonara: Conclusion: Hey, everyone, great work. I know that you made it to the end, and I'm super excited to see all of your pieces uploaded had so much fun sharing lesson with you. And I hope that you either took the semi a lesson away with you or concept of body Saudi, where it's all about imperfections in the fact that things age and they're actually very beautiful as they age. And so not aiming for perfection or some more meditative work. And my clothes work point is, I hope that this brought something into your life that's positive and has great energy. I want you to remember that when you were creating more Sunni A pieces, he'll find a very comfortable place, an open window, a cozy room where you can really tap into the person that you are to your own essence, that you can add that in to your senior soon. He's all about looking at an object and not doing the details, some of it because it's stuck capturing the energy off what you're looking at and really appreciate it. Yet in a minimalistic way. So you have any questions? So are any. I think this you want me to do in the future? Please, just let me know. I do plan on pursuing the orchid, which is one of the other for gentlemen. So much fun. I absolutely love doing the orchid one because off the narrow, wide narrow that you can include that you use in the brush stroke, but also because you could put in some color Looks exciting. So maybe I'll see the next lesson. I'm really looking forward to it. All right. Gum by somebody.