Shimmer Shuen is currently our premium grade sized shuen. It is a fully sized Shuen paper. Sized Shuen is custom-made for the Fine-line [Gong-bi] School of Painting. The sizing gives the artist the ability to apply layer after layer of color.
Sizing reduces absorbency. It is a good choice for artists who wish to go over a wet stroke, or to avoid bleeding. Sized paper is ideal for washed background. It gives a special texture for lines.
Shimmer Shuen is slightly creamy in color and fairly transparent but thicker than Cicada. Beginners may find it difficult to see through the paper if they're tracing their work. The application of the sizing leaves tiny crystals on the surface of the paper so that it has a slight shimmer quality to it.
It offers a smooth, consistently non-absorbent surface on which to paint. This paper handles repetitive shading with consummate ease.
* As of July 24th, 2020, OAS has started selling a new batch of Shimmer Shuen. All samples purchased prior to this date either alone or part of a sampler package will not reflect characteristics of this current batch.