If your walls are begging for an Asian touch, this guide will help you decorate like the Far East on a shoestring budget.
You will need
- Japanese character
- Suzuri ink stone
- Sumi ink
- Rice paper
- Heavy stone or paper weight
- Medium-sized calligraphy brush
- Scrap paper
- Pottery (optional)
- Garden stones (optional)
Step 1 Choose a character Choose an easy Japanese character, like the character for an emotion or an adjective that contains between three to six lines or strokes.
Avoid complex sentences or passages from poetry or music — often the translation isn’t exact and can make for an awkward meaning.
Step 2 Find a work area Find an open work area free of any obstructions and don your smock in case you spill ink.
Step 3 Prepare work station Fill the suzuri with ink and then lay out a fresh sheet of rice paper using the weight to hold it in place as you work.
Use a different medium, such as pottery, garden stones, or different colored inks.
Step 4 Practice writing Practice writing the character several times on scrap paper, especially if you’re trying it for the first time on pottery or a personal item.
Step 5 Recreate character Recreate the character by studying the strokes or lines it took to make it, and then repeat. Be careful and be patient.
Step 6 Frame and hang Frame your masterpiece and hang it anywhere. You may also group several characters together on one page to create variety and interest.
Did You Know:
Japan has one of the highest literacy rates in the world at 99 percent for all residents over the age of 15.