Materials and Process
All of the pieces are painted using handmade brushes and very dilute acrylic paint. I am avidly collecting handmade Japanese paper as each piece reflects the character of the maker. The larger tree banners are painted on unbleached Kozo which has been made using machine processes. I paint on the ground in Kew Gardens from a seated cross legged position. Alternatively - if I have managed to grow suitable plants - I paint on my studio floor which is a slower painting process. I stretch and iron the paper once the painting is complete and apply bookbinder's paste to a simple wooden batten for easy hanging that allows the full sheet of paper to be seen.
Selection of brushes
Handmade Kozo paper from top to bottom: Yuumashi, Washi Artist - Elaine Cooper, Rakushikan and Hansarashi
Beech, Fagus Sylvatica, Kew Gardens and Hansarashi paper.
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood', Kew Gardens and Hansarashi Kozo