Sumi-e Ink Wash Painting

Ages 9-16+

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Capture the spirit of your subject using simple lines and negative space to discover the art of sumi-e ink wash painting! Practice painting with water on reusable magic paper and then move to painting with ink on practice paper. Finally, set your masterpiece on rice paper and mount it. Don't forget to create a stamp to sign your Japanese-inspired work!

Everything needed, from materials to illustrated step-by-step instructions, is included, along with additional art & design ideas and inspiration.


  • Practice painting with water & ink
  • Paint a panda
  • Make a chop stamp
  • Paint your masterpiece
  • DIY more chop stamps


  • Ink Wash Painting
  • Stamp Carving
  • Ink

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    Philip, May 2, 2018

    Easy instructions

    The calligraphy brush and ink was a fun and different way to paint. Having quite a bit of paper to practice on was also good. Fun to put the painting on the red backing and put dowels in.

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    Sam, Feb 15, 2018

    Love the crates

    Fun, new tequnique that we would never try otherwise!

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    Linda, Jun 2, 2017

    Best crate yet

    My 9 year old did the entire thing by herself and absolutely loved it. She loved the special brush and that she got to display her art in a cool way at the end. This was one of her favorite crates so far!

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    Kristy, May 29, 2017


    Very creative, yet easy enough for my child to do all by herself. I absolutely LOVED the practice paper. That in and of itself was so much fun to work with!

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    Lili, May 29, 2017

    Magic paper is very cool

    My daughter loved the 'Magic Paper'. We haven't completed it, but she has practiced on the magic paper.

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    Kazza, May 18, 2017

    cool technique

    The project itself is super interesting and my daughter loves the personalized stamp. The brush is amazing and she is thrilled to have it to use again and again! Super high quality materials.

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    Tracy, May 11, 2017

    It was awesome!

    My daughter loved the project, it was easy, not too messy and the artwork turned out beautiful. Additionally she learned about the art form and its history, great crate!

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    Andrea T., Nov 10, 2015

    Fun for all levels

    Even if your child isn't...ahem...very artistic, the paintings still looked awesome! Loved the stamp. This was a fave!

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    Carrie V., Nov 9, 2015

    creative and inspirational!

    I liked that it had a couple of different activities (painting and making a stamp) and my kid really enjoyed painting on the magic paper and has used it several times.

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    Carrie C., Nov 8, 2015

    loved the "magic paper"

    Great supplies! Love the "magic paper" for practicing. No mess, endless practice

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    Jennifer L., Oct 31, 2015

    very unique

    My daughter liked how the art looked. I liked the quality of the materials:the brush and the magic practice mat. I like the uniqueness of this project. It was something she had never tried before. I also appreciated the inclusion of display materials. My daughter hung her artwork as soon as it was dry.

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    Summer F., Oct 25, 2015

    Great video tutorial

    I was glad to see that this introduced something new to my daughter. We appreciated that you provided materials that could be used multiple times. Also, great video demonstration!

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