Our schools are very safe: we have so many filters and firewalls and screening tools that I can rarely make any educational use of the internet. After a week of trying, I finally succeeded in uploading an image of the work I wrote on washi (和紙), ‘Japanese handmade paper’, for Joli Mama. I am also having a little trouble with image rotation in Flickr, so I will throw a thumbnail in here that links to the rotated, full-size image.
It is not the best work, but it was very fun to write on this paper; the feeling of the brush moving over the paper was very different from cheap practice paper. Also, this paper is very strong, allowing for a variety of writing options.
Nijimi (滲み) is an effect using a brush fully charged with ink, in which the ink bleeds out into the paper. Kasure (掠れ) is the opposite effect when the brush is running dry, giving the strokes a wispy, dry, or cracked sense. Both effects can be used to express yourself in writing, but on cheap paper nijimi will practically disolve the paper, like using a cheap tissue to wipe up spilled Kool Aid. Likewise, a dry brush won’t move well on cheap paper, but washi, having a highly absorbent surface, will virtually beg the brush for more ink and hug it to itself.
I can’t wait to try some ‘real’ ink on the good paper. My greatest fear is that I will become addicted to the high-priced tools.