Some terms and definitions
Shinshi – bamboo fabric stretching sticks
Harite – fabric clamps for stretching fabric
Shibugami –stencil paper made with layers of mulberry smoked with persimmon tannin, which makes it water resistant.
Hera – wooden spatula used for spreading paste through the stencil
Surikomi bake – traditional dyeing brushes
Supplies and Resources:
Yupo – Wet Paint Art in St. Paul has large 23×35” transparent sheets. Check the website or call for prices. Other art supply stores also carry Yupo.
Synthetic Japanese Stencil paper — From Kakishibui, approx 22×36” sheets. The medium is a good alternative to Shibugami. Check website for prices.
Shibugami (traditional Japanese stencil paper). This is in short supply these days as they no longer make it. You can check John Marshall’s supply list with prices. John carries many supplies and tools for traditional katazome including natural pigments. Also see his website for very detailed instructions on all stages of katazome, including making rice paste resist. He made and sells a DVD on all aspects of stencil creation; also teaches workshops from his home/studio as well as in several locations in the USA and Canada.
Mosquito screen, duct tape for the screens we make in class: Ace Hardware. A roll (plenty for many screens), costs about $8.
Rice paste Resist ingredients:
Mochiko (sweet rice flour) – any Asian market locally; approx. $2-$3 box.
Komon Nuka (defatted rice bran). This has been in short supply lately and is generally not available except from special suppliers. There are no substitutes. See link to John Marshall’s price list above. It is also available from Canadian supplier, Maiwa Handprints.
Calx – (Calcium Hydroxide) Try your local garden center or farm store. Also known as lime. You don’t need much. Just a small container of it will last a long time. Maiwa also carries this.
Glycerin – Pharmacies don’t always have this. I just got some vegetable glycerin from Mastel’s health foods on St. Clair near Snelling in St. Paul.
Pigments and brushes
See link to John Marshall’s price list above. He sells a pigment set which is intended for use with soy milk. The pigments last forever. They are from dirt, mineral and plant sources.
Earthhues Natural Dyes – they sell natural pigments (and natural dyes) through a variety of retailers in the US. Check their website.
Maiwa Handprints (Vancouver, B.C. Canada) Maiwa sells natural dyes, natural pigments, paper and brushes; all katazome supplies.
McClain’s printmaking supplies. Dyeing brushes. (Surikomi bake) Here is a link directly to the brushes: http://imcclains.com/catalog/brushes/surikomibake.html
Make your own pigments from your local dirt! See John Marshall’s website for some instructions. See Turkey Red Journal for articles written by John and others on this topic.