2011 Lunar Calendar giveaway: katazome on kozo

I rinsed my 2011 lunar calendar today. Not-hurrying gave the colors a chance to cure. Not hurrying is always a wise approach.
To rinse these, I floated them in  shallow water in the bathtub, front-side down (just 2 at a time). After about an hour, I drained the water, and then gently placed them face-up in the tub. I poured water from a pitcher over the top surface to rinse all the rice paste residue away. I did not touch the paper with anything other than the water. Finally, I placed them face-up on a towel to air-dry. The operative word here is GENTLY.

Here are the results:

Below is a close-up of the bottom portion (a wee bit darker image). The ampersand in July is my way of calling attention to the extra NEW moon that month (formerly I said blue, I meant NEW.)

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Layers explained:

  1. Paper: handmade Japanese Hosokawa kozo, from Wet Paint Art in St. Paul. Final size of print: approx. 9×22″
  2. Rice paste for the letters, numbers and moon grid – one stencil.
  3. Light blue for the background (e.g. behind the rabbit). Colors consist of watercolor paints thinned with soy milk, rolled on a gelatin plate and transferred to the paper by placing the paper on top of the plate, and gently rubbing with my hand to ensure contact.
  4. Rice paste for the image of the rabbit.
  5. Three more layers of dark blue.
  6. Some hand painted highlights.
  7. Layer of burnt sienna on rabbit, from a cutaway of the original gelatin plate.
  8. Two gentle mistings of soy milk, drying in between (not sure this was necessary).

To enter the giveaway, please post a comment below, consisting of three words or phrases that best express your intentions for the new year. I will choose one winner at noon CST on Valentine’s Day and add a comment to congratulate the winner. The rest of the prints (9 of them) will be added to my shop over the weekend.

Here are my three for year of the rabbit: take notice, explore playfully, loosen my grip …

Good luck!

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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.

27 thoughts on “2011 Lunar Calendar giveaway: katazome on kozo”

  1. This is absolutely fascinating!! Thank you so much for sharing your process – I love the composition and richness in texture. My three intentions:
    Learn new artistic skills and further develop present ones. Reconnect with yoga practice. –and the big one: Spread joy and light in my artwork and outside of the studio.

  2. This is absolutely fascinating!! Thank you so much for sharing your process – I love the composition and richness in texture. My three intentions:
    Learn new artistic skills and further develop present ones. Reconnect with yoga practice. –and the big one: Spread joy and light in my artwork and outside of the studio.

  3. lovely, and such a patient, time honored process.my new year plans:
    share my light, coffee dates with my husband, and a phrase from a memorial service for a friend, her brother described her this way “boundless warmth, humility and curiosity.” I want to embody that.

  4. First, thank you very much for sharing how you made this calendar. I really love process.
    This year I intend to be here now, move more, and let go.

  5. months after the event i knowbut
    i just wanted to tell you
    that i think your calendar is beautiful
    the new moon is always my favourite

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