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Yasutomo Sumi Ink Set

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Our paper box Sumi set contains two brushes, a Sumi stick, and a Suzuri stone. It is a perfect beginning set for any Sumi-E artist. More than 3,000 years ago, Asian artisans discovered how to turn the residue from burnt wood into one of the most important and lasting vehicles of human expression: ink. For more than a thousand years, the method of making Sumi sticks has remained the same. Soot from pine or certain vegetable oils mixed with animal or fish glue is molded and dried to form a well-shaped solid block which, when ground on a Suzuri stone with water, turns to ink. It is unsurpassed for producing the famous Five Colors, or shades of black, that form the basis of 'monochromatic' Sumi painting. The subtlety of Sumi ink is evident in the variety of tones and values it produces. (Tip on usage: Throw away any left over ink; using this ink again will produce inferior tones. Do not leave moisture on the Sumi stick. Wipe it immediately with a cloth. Store ink sticks at moderate temperature and humidity.)

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Our paper box Sumi set contains two brushes, a Sumi stick, and a Suzuri stone. It is a perfect beginning set for any Sumi-E artist. More than 3,000 years ago, Asian artisans discovered how to turn the residue from burnt wood into one of the most important and lasting vehicles of human expression: ink. For more than a thousand years, the method of making Sumi sticks has remained the same. Soot from pine or certain vegetable oils mixed with animal or fish glue is molded and dried to form a well-shaped solid block which, when ground on a Suzuri stone with water, turns to ink. It is unsurpassed for producing the famous Five Colors, or shades of black, that form the basis of 'monochromatic' Sumi painting. The subtlety of Sumi ink is evident in the variety of tones and values it produces. (Tip on usage: Throw away any left over ink; using this ink again will produce inferior tones. Do not leave moisture on the Sumi stick. Wipe it immediately with a cloth. Store ink sticks at moderate temperature and humidity.)
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