Originally Published: July 2, 2021
The Extinction of Colored Xuan Paper (Shuen)
We just recently discovered that paper makers in China are no longer making the type of Colored Xuan (Shuen) paper that OAS has carried for more than 40 years. This is the type of paper which is dyed a certain color and instantly gives a new look to even the most familiar subject.
Whether it be a sense of elegance and antiquity that you get from a khaki xuan, the striking impact of a classic red xuan, or the incomparable effect of a darker paper like the navy blue or black xuan, each of these papers is a treasure that will be sorely missed when supplies run out.
This means that ever single colored Xuan paper that we currently carry will be the last of its kind. Like our Vintage papers, once they are gone, they are gone for the foreseeable future.
Although we have good supplies of most colors, it is important, if you are someone who values these papers, that you buy enough so that you have the paper to eventually do the paintings you have in mind.
Free Fireworks Painting Lesson
As an example of the interesting things that can be done with our darker colored xuan (shuen) papers, Ling Chi offers this fun and satisfying fireworks lesson.
This is a complete lesson where she discussed and shows how she mixes colors and a handful of important tricks to enjoy this unique and Independence Day inspired subject.
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