Making large prints on Washi rice paper

We’ve been making large prints on Washi rice paper. I’m very pleased with the way a 36″ x 44″ Washi rice paper print of Mountains on the Beach (image shown below) came out today!

Mountains on the Beach by Harold Davis

Mountains on the Beach © Harold Davis

In the past I’ve created an image and then thought about what paper to print it on. With this image, the process was a bit different because I processed it with the idea from the start of printing it on rice paper—in part because the paper matches the aesthetics of the subject matter. You have to look closely to see you are looking at a beach, rather than Chinese ink brush mountains.

I really think you have to see this print to believe it—no online reproduction of the image can do the quality of this print justice.

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  1. Merrill Mack April 13, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    Were you not nervous that the paper, being thin, would get crumpled up in the printer?

  2. Harold Davis April 14, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    @Merrill: Washi paper is thin enough that one might well worry. Handling the paper is not easy. Look at it and it creases. We wear white gloves to handle. The paper is on a roll, which helps and is intended for high-end inkjet printers. I’ll write more about this issue later. Thanks. Harold

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