Painting Journals with Japanese colored papers.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Starting a new piece

Above image will be completed as "Fantastic Plants 4" someday in near future. Those pieces of colored papers were pasted on a "14.33×20.28"inches paper board at the very beginning to decide the overall composition.  Hope this stage won't be taken as the best after all, but it is true that the image in progress sometimes looks better than the finished one.

Japanese colored papers are the only material for my recent works.  They are torn into tiny pieces by hands and pasted on paper boards with acrylic resin.  Once I tried mixed media, like using acrylic paintings, minerals, plants, and composed them in photoshop after scanning.  But while discovering various effects with papers, I needed to simplify my painting tools and materials to see its limit and possibility.  
I believe limited situation often induces more refined results.

Torn colored papers are sorted by different tone of colors into six boxes;  red, yellow, blue, green, white, and above box has the rest of neutral tints as purple, brown and grey, which obviously occupies much space.


  1. Your grey is exceptionally beautiful and cozy looking! Thanks for showing us your sorting system. Have a great week!

  2. Very nice to see your work in progress, assisted by your lovely cat, of course. ;)

  3. Thank you Carole, also for your kind compliment on my helpful grey paperweight.

    Thank you Stephanie, I learned from your blog that seeing painting procedures teaches me something new.