Materials Focus: Metallic Leafing, Gold Sumi Ink

I love using sumi ink and metallic stuff. So when I saw an artist colleague @jimitick, who specializes in sumi ink enso drawings, using gold sumi ink on his Instagram posts, I asked him about it. It's wonderful: https://amzn.to/2Izv8Bo Now that's part of my metallic repertoire, along with dry pigments, oilsticks, watercolor, gouache, metal leaf, and glitterglue tubes. 

 Almost everything metallic in my studio's supplies except my oilsticks, which are really messy. 

Almost everything metallic in my studio's supplies except my oilsticks, which are really messy. 

I've been using metallic leaf with Japanese Nihonga techniques but need more practice. I also want to explore other leafing/gilding techniques. Recently I learned a new technique for applying metal leaf from Solange Roberdeau at ink.paper.plate in Point Reyes Station out in West Marin here in northern California. I loved that she learned this technique from Robert Kushner while working for him--and that he suggested she teach these workshops. She now teaches this course all over including in my old home Santa Fe June 13; register online. Contact her on Facebook or Instagram for other locations and dates. Solange took this photo of us working on our art pieces in her Contemporary Gilding class.

 That's me intently working away on the far right. Photo: Solange Roberdeau.

That's me intently working away on the far right. Photo: Solange Roberdeau.

Here's what I made that day: 

 Acrylic, copper leaf, and embroidery stitching on cardstock. Sherri Silverman. 2018.

Acrylic, copper leaf, and embroidery stitching on cardstock. Sherri Silverman. 2018.

 Two Flowers, Two Stripes. Acrylic, copper leaf, pencil, and mica powder on cardstock. Sherri Silverman. 2018.

Two Flowers, Two Stripes. Acrylic, copper leaf, pencil, and mica powder on cardstock. Sherri Silverman. 2018.