Sally Penley - Sensational Sumi!

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Sensational Sumi!

Sally Penley

2-Day Workshop

All Skill Levels Welcome

Design • Painting


Students will experience the joy of “sumi mark-making” with the sumi brush and various other tools, both commercial and makeshift. Students will explore how the gestural marks are made using a variety of techniques, tools and paper textures. They will learn how to effectively add color to their sumi marks and they will learn about chops, the art of etegami and the Enso. Students will carve their own signature chop.


For Sumi Marks portion of the class:

  • A basic pointed Sumi brush (small to medium size – both if you have them)
  • Pointed pen (N113) (N120) (N77)
  • Sumi ink (e.g., Yasutomo or Moon Palace) (I70) (I24-2)
  • Various papers—some smooth, some textured like watercolor paper
  • Water container (S1005)
  • Paper towels
  • Various makeshift tools, such as small pieces of mat board (1/2” to 2” wide), empty t.p. roll, craft sticks, Q-tips, 1” foam brush, lichen or twigs, etc.)

For Sumi & Color portion of the class:

  • Pan watercolors (like Prang) (S609) OR pan gouache (like Pelikan) and small brush (BR26)
  • Note: Fluid acrylics or acrylic inks are OK, too (I28) (I133)
  • Pad of 9 x 12 (or 11 x 14) watercolor paper (PA110) ; Arches Text Wove, if you have some (PA03)
  • Soft pastel sticks (not oil pastels) (S981)
  • Cotton balls & a few Q-tips
  • Natural sea sponge
  • Large paper plate (2)
  • Colored pencils (PL28)
  • X-acto knife (S417)
  • Double-stick tape
  • Glue stick (S391)

These items are optional, if you want to try all the demonstrated techniques:

  • 2” foam brush
  • Metallic gold or silver watercolor (S1000) (SG893-F) (SG894-F)
  • 1” wide masking tape or yellow Frog Tape
  • ¼” artist tape
  • Plastic wrap
  • Table salt
  • Spray alcohol (e.g., spray isopropyl from Rite-Aid or Walgreens)
  • Alcohol inks