Rice paste resist, before and after

I made a fairly decent batch of rice paste last week. I feel I’m finally getting the hang of it, but no two batches are alike. Here’s the recipe I use. It has 3 ingredients – water, sweet rice flour and rice bran. Sweet rice flour (mochiko) is high in gluten content and makes the paste sticky and elastic. The rice bran (komon-nuka) enables the paste resist to “break” along the edges of the stencil design. It is a lovely light brown color and smells good. Here are the before and after pictures. I steam my paste for about 40 minutes. The doughnut-hole sized balls turn from a light tan to sort of a roasted peanut-butter color from the edge to the core.

paste1
before steaming
paste2
after steaming
mashing the paste
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Author: Kit

I use the materials and techniques of the Japanese art of katazome (paste resist stencil dyeing) to capture my experience of nature. My work celebrates daily meetings with the wild birds, plants, and lake breezes of my local urban surroundings.

2 thoughts on “Rice paste resist, before and after”

  1. Rice paste is now my favorite resist – you just have to practice making it. And the katazome process is quite green and non-toxic! That said, of course you don’t want to inhale the pigments, which are in powder form. Precautions, i.e. face mask while measuring pigment, are always a good idea.

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