I did a watercolor painting on pre-matted rice paper (xuan paper) before, and I tried it again recently with different paints:
A few notes:
- The paper I used is something like this, but I bought it from China and it was a lot cheaper.
- The first two paintings were done with Chinese paints that commonly used for brush painting on rice paper. The brand is Marie, and it’s available on Amazon.
- “Kaydee” is done in sumi ink, a cheap one from Daiso.
- “Nikki” is in western watercolor.
- The Chinese colors are a lot more opaque and hold better on rice paper, which is very absorbent.
- The western watercolor dries very light and very flat. I went back multiple times trying to enhance the value. When the paper is wet, the pigment swims away to wherever with a blink of eye.
- There’s no lifting with rice paper after it’s dry. You can pat it with a tissue paper and lift some pigment, but you can’t get rid of edges that way.
- Sumi ink is the most staining of all.
- I absolutely don’t know how to apply the skills involved in the first painting (the rooster one) to the later ones.