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Try something different

For frog-lovers everywhere, uncover the mysteries of tone using black and white ink brush painting, with Yukki Yaura


Try something different

Japanese ink painting techniques and brushstrokes to try

Frog , ink, 912⁄ x1012⁄ in. (24x27cm). The completed frog, Japanese style! Suiboku-ga: water, ink, painting.

You may remember the camellia article published in Leisure Painter (Summer 2016) when we practised simple brushstroke techniques. These were guided by the Japanese way of writing, known as Shodo, and focused on the simple syllabic Hiragana characters. It is interesting when you can recognise the Shodo characters used in ink brush painting and it is the mark of a good Suiboku technique. The Japanese masters have perfected these flowing movements that still have a recognisable structure, exemplified during the Edo period of Japan (1603-1868 AD). Hopefully some of you enjoyed the paintings of the Great Master, Hokusai, at the British Museum last year. Before we start, let’s practise the brushstrokes needed to paint this frog.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the February issue of Leisure Painter, including our 16-page art holidays and courses guide. Leisure Painter publishes a wide range of inspiring and practical tutorials and projects for the beginner and amateur painter each month, from step-by-step demonstrations from photographs to illustrated techniques, practical tips and ideas for making the most of your favourite hobby, and plenty of inspiration to pick up your brush and try for yourself. This month: how to paint landscapes in different styles using watercolour, acrylics, oils and pastels. There are ideas for portrait painting and 5-minute sketching exercises. If you're new to watercolour painting, you'll need David Webb's step-by-step tutorial on how to stretch paper. There are drawing exercises ( yes, you can learn to draw well!), first steps in abstraction, Japanese ink techniques to paint a frog, and ideas on how to fill your sketchbooks. Have fun with your hobby this month.