Posts Tagged ‘gampi’

My Colourful Affair

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

I have posted about the love I have for Gampi Silk Tissue on this blog before. Well . . . my affair continues, and I am always in awe of  how the supple surface of this paper responds to my acrylic paints. Watered down paints turn into luscious hues and I can never hold in my excitement for the result that I am going to get with every colour I mix. The tissue can handle a pretty good amount of heavy brush strokes and still give off a good shine.

Pink Rose

Pink Rose Detail

City Garden

City Garden Detail

Quiet Pause

Quiet Pause Detail



Lime Cordial with a Crunch

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Gampi Silk Tissue is probably one of the sexiest papers we carry. It’s not at all expensive and it delivers with a bang. It’s subtle silky sheerness demands attention and can be manipulated into just about anything. I’ve painted small pieces with watered down acrylic paints and let them sit to dry. What I ended up with were these concentrated wedges of sugary lime. After crumpling the sections in my hands I was presented with these skin-like membranes that bustled like a taffeta prom dress. I glued the individual parts together in a “Nip/Tuck” fashion and here is the wonderfully bitter result.


Paper, Texture . . . Light.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Working with paper allows me to indulge my spontaneous nature. Experimentation and accident dictate what the final work will look like. I love it when that “light bulb” feeling hits and you know what has to happen next. This particular work started when I decided to dip the ends of some Yuki Gampi pieces that I had left over from another project into some watered down Sumi Ink. I crumpled the paper in my hands when it was dry, which is something I love to do. The sound and the feel of the paper surrendering to my touch drives me “crazy”. I didn’t want the ombred pieces to just lie flat so I needed to think of way to animate them. Light bulb! I cut long strips of Moriki Kozo Azuki and twisted them in my hands to create rope to string everything together. A really boring task that took longer to do than I expected!! I punched holes in the paper using a Martha Stewart screw punch and strung the pieces together. Paper, Texture . . . Light!




Celeste Prize

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Finalist for the Celeste Prize competition is artist Aleck Grgurick. His live media entry uses technology and one of our most sumptuous papers Gampi Torinoko. Check out his work here

We are rooting for you, Aleck!


Printing Etchings on Gampi Silk Tissue

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I recently printed some etchings on “Gampi Silk Tissue”, one of many great Japanese printmaking papers available at The Paper Place.

Gampi is the inner bark fibre of a bush that grows wild in Japan and has been used in Japanese papermaking for centuries. In fact, it was one the of the first papers developed in Japan appearing in the 8th century under the name hi-shi, which it is occasionally still called.  Gampi paper is ideal for intaglio printing and chine-collé because it has a natural strength and a lustrous sheen.
“Gampi Silk Tissue” is a delicate, translucent paper that prints beautifully. Although I was extremely impressed with the quality of my prints, I found the tissue to be somewhat tricky to work with when wet. All gampi papers become quite slippery when wet, but since the silk tissue is a very thin paper, it nearly disappears. I would recommend spritzing the paper with water, rather than immersing it before printing.

“Gampi Silk Tissue” is a machine-made paper, which makes it an affordable choice for students. I was very happy with my results and I can’t wait to work with “Gampi Silk Tissue” again.

- Emily