More alphabet letters during this Umbrian heatwave! I is for Isolated Island. And I couldn’t resist combining J and K – after all, I didn’t paint this jigsaw rabbit with a kite with the Alphabet Book in mind, but it fits the profile wonderfully! J is for Jumping Jigsaw and K is for Kaleidescope Kite.…

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Part 4. After Adding 5 Layers of Paper, That Have Dried, Remove From the Wooden Frame. I usually add 5 layers of paper to have quite a hard consistency. The more layers of paper, the harder the final product is. After each layer has been added & dried – see Lesson 3. http://jeantori.com/2012/07/paper-making-lessons-part-3/, cut around the…

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PART 3. Adding Mulberry Paper Layers to the Wooden Frame. Once the first layer of paper has been added and dried, then you can add the next layer in the exact same way. Cover the next piece of paper in the glue mixture – see first lesson: http://jeantori.com/2012/07/paper-making-lessons-part-1/ and then place that on top of the first…

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Part 2. How To Apply Paper to the Wooden Frame. After placing the mulberry paper, covered in glue, onto the frame, take a wide brush with a strong bristle and pummel the paper to the wood. This involves hitting the brush with a firm and repetitive movement to get all the air bubbles out between…

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PART 1. The Glue, the Mulberry Paper and the Wooden Board The first thing to prepare is the glue (1 cup flour, 3 cups water. The solution MUST BE liquid, therefore, continue adding water if necessary. Stir until smooth [no lumps] and then boil for 20 min. Leave to cool and then place in refrigerator…

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I’m going to suggest that doors are like furniture. They’re in the house, they are useful and functional and part of the decor! Here is a painted door that I decorated in my home 15 years ago. I had just met a beekeeper who I called the Honey Man (Alberto Ciampelli is now a good…

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One art form influences others. I admit that I saw these glass ducks in Venice after I had already painted “Those Ducks Again”, but I like how there are multiple creative outlets that include our everyday inspirations. Ducks are very inspirational.

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I paint cranes often. Right now I have a few on a beach with surfboards in the background – more on the children’s book when I finish the painting! Cranes are an important symbol in  Korean Folk Art, as they are part of the ten symbols of long life. Here below is a painting from…

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I have been busy painting pigs on beaches (children’s book) and making paper in the hot heat (I will be writing a series of notes on the how to make paper in the next few weeks). We have been having a Saharan wind sweep us off our feet and it feels like the desert, but…

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It is amazing how sights and sounds and smells can take you on a trip through past journeys and it explains how I can live in Umbria and still paint Indonesian roosters. This morning for the first time this year, it was warm enough to sit outside. As the sun burnt off all the mist,…

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