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Old 08-10-2009, 02:46 PM
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Use of Rice Paper in a watercolor painting.

I understand that one can apply rice paper to watercolor paper and then paint over it, which creates interesting texture and lines. It sounds like it would be great fun.

Do any of you do this? Can you explain the process or link to a site that gives a demonstration? Are there books that include this?

Thanks in advance for your input.
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Re: Use of Rice Paper in a watercolor painting.

Yes you can! and it does provide a beautiful texture, I have seen it done in person many times, although have not yet tried it myself.

Here is a link to artist Nita Leland, where she describes the process. It falls under the catagory of "collage" which is why folks may be slow to reply here in the 'watercolor forum,' however, Nita's name and reputation is known and highly regarded among watercolorist...

I believe this will help you:
http://www.nitaleland.com/project/ricepaper.htm
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Re: Use of Rice Paper in a watercolor painting.

Thank you, Maryann. Nina's site will be very helpful.
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Re: Use of Rice Paper in a watercolor painting.

Here is a very good demo by John Lovett called Waterside Balcony in which he uses rice paper with watercolors and explains and shows how he did it.

I've used Masa paper in the past which is a form of rice paper with extra texture in it. It is interesting and different from straight watercolor paper.

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Re: Use of Rice Paper in a watercolor painting.

Thanks Sylvia.

A very interesting way to use rice paper. Simple but effective.


Do you have any pictures of what you've done with the masa paper? I'd love to see them.
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Re: Use of Rice Paper in a watercolor painting.

We used masa paper in a class a few months ago. It was supposed to be a bunch of flowers based on a picture in a book. I crumpled up the paper, soaked it in water and then pasted it on watercolor paper with Elmer's glue (watered down). Then, while it it was still wet, I put on some paint on it. I started to follow the photo, but apparently got lost.
After it dried, I studied it and tried to see how I was inspired. Then it came to me, it looked like an old map. So I added some more 'details' and a North arrow.
This is the result:
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Re: Use of Rice Paper in a watercolor painting.

Your painting turned out great, Ron. Thanks for posting. I really like the wrinkled effect the rice paper gives it.
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Re: Use of Rice Paper in a watercolor painting.

Surfina,
Here are three threads from the Learning Demos using Masa Paper, complete with instructions and photos on how to use it:

*MASA PAPER*

Landscape on Masa Paper by Kat (Kathy JB)

Magnolia by Shelley P

Pansies Painted on Masa Paper by Sylvia (painterbear)

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Re: Use of Rice Paper in a watercolor painting.

This is great. Thank you so much Sylvia.

I did a search on "rice" paper - didn't know to search on "masa"

I'm off to place a Dick Blick order. Can't wait to experiment.
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Re: Use of Rice Paper in a watercolor painting.

Ron B. great save on a painting. It looks wonderful. I love this thread, as I would never have thought of trying this. I'm going shopping today, this might be on my list.
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Re: Use of Rice Paper in a watercolor painting.

Remember, there are different kinds of rice paper, Masa paper is just one variety.

I would imagine that the same techniques would work with all of them though.

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Re: Use of Rice Paper in a watercolor painting.

I'm continuing to Google search on painting on rice paper, and found this short video - a sample of a DVD, Watercolor - Crinkling Paper Technique by Cheng-Khee Chee

http://www.ccpvideos.com/page/CCP/PROD/CC5d

Seeing a hands-on demonstrations is quite helpful, and has given me more ideas of what to paint on the rice paper.

I wonder what kind of rice paper others have used. Masa, of course. Any other type that any of you know of?
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Re: Use of Rice Paper in a watercolor painting.

I have done several paintings using Masa and rice paper the masa being my favorite. I like how it wrinkles and I like the weight of it . It does not hold up to being worked roughly or having a masking fluid applied to it. If you do have an image that you want to work from I recommend drawing it out BEFORE you crinkle and wet the paper. otherwise it can be difficult to draw over the wrinkles.
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Re: Use of Rice Paper in a watercolor painting.

I have been looking at the book, Creative Collage Techniques, which Nina Leland is one of the authors. Chapter Nine shows watercolors and rice paper collages.

One of the illustrations in the chapter is a watercolor painting by David L. Smith, which was done this way - on illustration board he painted a monochromatic underpainting. Then bonded the rice paper to that. Then painted with color on the rice paper. The paper had lots of fibers running through it which added to the texture. Doesn't look like (and doesn't say) that he crinkled the paper beforehand.

I was thinking the pencil drawing could be done on the support paper (illustration board or watercolor paper) before the rice paper is adhered in place over it.

I like the idea of an underpainting if the subject is detailed like buildings or a still life where you want to get the shadows blocked in accurately. And, it would show through a bit and would be part of the painting.

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