Chestnut – Sumi-e

Hello,chestnut is here.



Tips :

Burr body

Load very bright ink with more water than usual.
Burr body consists of three parts.

(Wash brush)


Load black ink
To get pointed of the fruit, tap on the paper with the tip of brush hair first.
Then, lean the brush bar to depict the bottom of the fruit body.
Don’t pull the brush. Hold the same position.
Use the brush like stamp.


Make a brush for thin line drawing
Put the hair of brush on the ink stone to get very black ink on one side
Then, draw burr.
Put the top of the brush hair on the burr part depicted earlier.
Then move off to outside of burr body.
By starting to draw the burr line from the body, the ink is fading with taking up the water.

(Wash brush)


Make up a brush for normal stroke. Load regular black ink
First, tap the brush tip on the paper.
Then push and pull the brush vertically along with moving
Keep the brush vertically toward the paper.

(Wash brush)

Load bright black ink
Then do the same movement as earlier.
You can get shade.

Enjoy 🙂


Grape – Sumi-e

(C) Kazu Shimura 2006
(C) Kazu Shimura 2006

The Autumn, the season of fertility.
Grape is one of fun motif for sumi-e. Because it needs few techniques to depict and you can experience what sumi-e is.



Load black ink.
Two strokes for one grape.
First touch down the paper with the top of the brush hair then swirl the brush.
Second stroke moves little along with the first part.
Continue the same two-strokes movement to add other grapes until the ink is consumed totally.
A Grape which is depicted first comes front and second one goes back. (This is one of great characteristics of sumi ink I love)


Make a brush as normal.
Hold a brush horizontally and keep it almost parallel at paper surface.
Touch down with the all brush hairs at once.
Slide the brush.
The grape leaves look like kind of sharply.

(Wash the brush)


Make a brush for thin line drawing.
Load very black ink.
Draw the line.

Brunch and connect each grape

Draw brunch
Connecting each grape with thin line is the most fun part of the grape drawing.

Enjoy 🙂