Gansai Water Colors + Sumi-e Rice Paper

In this post I will shares with you a fun art journaling and mixed media art technique using Kuretake’s Gansai Water Colors and Hahnemühle Sumi-E Rice paper.

Until now I had not really used my Gansai water colors before, as on regular water color paper I still prefer my box with Daniel Smith and Winsor and Newton water colors.

But I recently discovered this technique combined with Japanese rice paper. Some of the pigments are pretty opaque, like the gold, the light blue and the white. The Gansai water colors appear to be a “fat” type of water colors… Meaning that the colors are resisting each eacher. I guess you will have to watch the video to understand what I mean with that!

Art supplies used :

  • Gansai Water Colors (Kuretake)
  • Sumi-E Rice paper (Hahnemühle)
  • Matte gel medium (Liquitex)
  • Palette knife (Liquitex)
  • Large water color brush (nr. 10)
  • Art Journal (Seawhite of Brighton / Bloknote)

Sticking the paper

I stick these paper using Liquitex matte gel medium and a palette knife. You can also use a plastic card or a flat brush.
I hope you liked this short but fun art tutorial.

FAQ: “Can I  use other brands of water colors?”

A: Totally! Of course you can do the same techniques with any other art brand as well, but the effects may differ a bit.

Are you going to try this art tutorial? I would love to hear from you in a comment below or on Facebook!



With love,
Marieke Blokland


Want more art inspiration? Subscribe to my newsletter!