Jun 28

How to Paint Icy Landscape in Chinese Painting or Sumi-e – Frozen Niagara Falls

chinese painting This video introduce a special techinique using alum-water to paint icy or snowy scenery landscape in Chinese painting, which was first developed by master Yu Zhixue in NE China.

Materials List

1. Single ply Red Star Xuan Rice Paper
2. Badger Hair Brush
3. Winter Wolf Hair Brush
4. Sheep Hair Brush
5. Yi-te-ge Bottled Chinese Ink
6. Alum powder diluted in water
7. Wool Felt Pad
8. Magnetic White Board
9. Mini Magnetic Paperweights
10. Clean Ice Water
11. Porcelain Brush Rest
12. Porcelain Flower Shaped Palette
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Duration : 0:21:56

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  1. senman6 says:

    True. As the mind …
    True. As the mind expands,so does the art it produces :)

  2. blueheronarts says:

    There is certainly …
    There is certainly some difference between East and West but they are not as much as in the past as artists interact and inspire each other on the Internet.

  3. senman6 says:

    It’s so cool how …
    It’s so cool how different the Eastern paintings are made compared to the Western ones. In the beginning it’s like a blob and in the the end it’s like “WOW” :)

  4. blueheronarts says:

    Thanks for your …
    Thanks for your comment. I was not the first to paint Niagara Falls in Chinese painting style but I am probably the first to paint the frozen one in sumie or Chinese brush painting.

  5. TheBuddhaLight says:

    Its interesting …
    Its interesting how you use American landscapes to paint them in a Chinese style.
    Normally I only see Chinese landscapes painted with sumi ink or different watercolors, so this is a very nice demonstration of the Chinese view on American landscapes.
    Thanks for the upload.

  6. Shan2809 says:

    Yeah :) I like …
    Yeah :) I like watching how you place your strokes carefully to create a structure in the painting :)

  7. blueheronarts says:

    Thanks! Which type …
    Thanks! Which type of painting you like to watch, you mean landscapes?

  8. blueheronarts says:

    Thank you for your …
    Thank you for your comments.

  9. blueheronarts says:


  10. blueheronarts says:

    Je vous remercie …
    Je vous remercie soo beaucoup pour vos commentaires!

  11. blueheronarts says:

    That’s right! Let …
    That’s right! Let the ink drip for a while.:-)

  12. OckGal says:

    Ah, one of the …
    Ah, one of the only times you don’t mind when the paint drips, lol!

  13. leisititine1 says:

    Nouvelle technique …
    Nouvelle technique encore!
    Grâce à toi c’est toujours la nouveauté!
    Quel plaisir de te retrouver!

  14. n1coaa says:

    ecxellent work, I …
    ecxellent work, I must say! :) I enjoy watching your videos very much! thank you for them! very inspiring!

  15. blueheronarts says:

    Thanks, Linda for …
    Thanks, Linda for your confirmation of the look and feel of Niagara Fall in winter times.
    The difference between alum and glue water is that alum changes the absorbency of paper, whereas glue changes the consistency of the color itself. Alum is not sticky so will not affect the flow of ink. If I had used glue water I wouldn’t get the dropping effects in it. Also, glue tends to create a dark outline along the edges of smearing instead of the colorless watermarks. Good question!

  16. lindaag0 says:

    Beautiful, Henry. I …
    Beautiful, Henry. I love the abstract feeling, and perfect that it’s done in just ink. I use to live in Ontario so I’ve been to Niagara Falls in winter and this has the feeling of it.

    Can you say anymore about what the alum water does and how is it different than glue water?

  17. MrHroark says:

    VERY nice Henry… …
    VERY nice Henry…difficult subject handled well.
    Happy New Year to you and yours.
    God bless

  18. Shan2809 says:

    i like it when you …
    i like it when you do these types of paintings henry :)