Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Kawa Uso Otter Sumie Kakejiku


This is another painting by Mariusz Szmerdt. It is for sale and if you want to purchase the wallscroll contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com. It  I kept this in the Maru Hyougu style because I wanted to keep it simple. I used a Navy silk with an Aka Renga (Brick Red) Ichimonji with a large Karakusa (arabesque).

In contrast to the other scroll, I kept the Kakehimo and the Jikusaki dark to be almost invisible. The Kakehimo is the kogecha color, and the Jikusaki is the Kokutan (ebony) style. I liked the scroll, except that there was a little Uki in the Ichimonji that I was not happy with.


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Friday, October 21, 2011

Coyote Howing at the Moon Sumie Kakejiku (Wallscroll)

This painting was done by the very talented Polish Artist Mariusz Szmerdt. It is for sale. For sale inquiries please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com. I requested him to complete some American themed paintings because several bonsai artists had written or spoken to me about not being able to understand the intricacies of Japanese displays, and a desire to have pieces that provide an American flair.

May be someone out there has a California Juniper that could go with this...

In designing this scroll, I thought it would be best to keep it very simple. The Fukuro Hyougu style fit this bill. The tan/dust color of the cloth was used to represent the desert sands of the southwest. I used the grey suji (Suji are the thin strips of cloth) and Nezumi (Mouse Colored) Kakehimo to be complementary to the clouds in the picture. The Dark Blue Jikusaki are ceramic and were used to represent the dark night time sky.

I was really pleased with how the scroll turned out, except for a small section of the suji in the Ten section. Dimensions are as follows:

Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 80 9.54
Suji 1 0.12
Partition Bottom 35 4.18
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 118 14.08
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 227 27.08
Pillars 19 2.27
Chi First Partition 30 3.58
Suji 2 0.24
Middle Partition 11 1.31
Bottom Partition 57 6.80
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 156 18.61
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 443 52.85

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Aikidou Wallscroll on Sale

This scroll is available for purchase. I will sell it for $30.00 plus shipping.

This Aikidou scroll is written in the Sousho style which is a free hand full cursive writing. It is not a big scroll, but the cloth alone is worth the cost of the scroll. This is a Pure Silk, and has a very beautiful pattern.

Dimensions are listed in Bun Below:

Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 71 8.47
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 11 1.31
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 38 4.53
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 106 12.64
Pillars 23.5 2.80
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 7 0.84
Chi 37 4.41
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 85 10.14
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 232 27.68

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Aikidou Calligraphy Scroll for Dojo

This kakejiku was made for an Aikidou Sensei in the South. The scroll is quite small, and is written in the Kaisho, or block print style. The scroll is on a light green cotton, and turned out quite nicely. It is written by Yoshimi Yamada Maples.

If you would like a custom Aikidou Scroll made for your dojo, please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com. Also look at these links for premade Aikidou Scrolls for sale.

Dimensions of this scroll are given in Bun as follows:

Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Millimeters Size in Inches

Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Millimeters Size in Inches

天 Ten 71 215.13 8.47

上中廻し Ue Ichimonji 11 33.33 1.31

紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 38 115.14 4.53

紙本の長さ Artwork Length 106 321.18 12.64

柱 Pillars 23.5 71.205 2.80

下中廻し Shita Ichimonji 7 21.21 0.84

地 Chi 37 112.11 4.41

掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 85 257.55 10.14

掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 232 702.96 27.68

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

初心 Shoshin in Sousho on Shikishi

This shikishi board was ordered by a customer as a return order. He is having it made for a student that recently passed his shodan (black belt) examination. When I explained that there is a double meaning to the word this was the comment.

What you explained was exactly why I wanted this work for the new shodan.  I wanted something that would mean something now, and after their training progressed meant something new to them later.
If you would like to order a custom shikishi written by Ryugyoku then contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Touryuumon Revisited

This scroll is for sale, and would be good for dojo's that want to incorporate a phrase for perserverance and persistance in the face of challenges. For inquiries on pricing contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Bonsai artists would have had a field day if this was the scroll that I originally wanted to display in the Toko no Ma display at the Toko Kazari competition at the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture.....but as it is that scroll was still not traditional enough.

Because most Westerners can not read Kanji to a high level of proficiency, one of my philosophies of scroll frame design is to convey a message through the cloth consistent with the meaning of the word or phrase.

In this case, I took the Dragon cloth pattern that is very clearly visible, and put it into the meaning of the transformation of the Koi into a Dragon. This scroll is in a simple Fukuro Hyougu style, because I wanted the viewer to focus solely on the lettering and visually see the transformation into the dragon. I used a larger jikubou and jikusaki for this scroll to provide a better view of the dragon.

Scroll Measurements as follows:
 Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Millimeters Size in Inches 

天 Ten 110 333.3 13.12

上中廻し Ue Ichimonji 0 0 0.00

紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 84 254.52 10.02

紙本の長さ Artwork Length 146 442.38 17.42

柱 Pillars 11 33.33 1.31

下中廻し Shita Ichimonji 0 0 0.00

地 Chi 76 230.28 9.07

掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 106 321.18 12.64

掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 332 1005.96 39.60

Thursday, October 6, 2011

愛 (Ai) Love Mini Kakejiku

This small wallscroll is for sale. Please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com for pricing.

This scroll is in a  Sandan Hyougu style. However, the jikubou is a 5 bun wood piece with no jikusaki. The hassou is a hard wrapped paper. I made this scroll with the small left over pieces of cloth that I did not want to discard.

It is written by Yoshimi Yamada Maples and is in the Gyousho or semi cursive style, with a non-traditional flair. It is only 10 inches long by 7 inches wide.

Actual dimensions are in Bun Below:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun

天 Ten 27

上中廻し Ue Chuumawashi 10

上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 3.5

紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 49

紙本の長さ Artwork Length 35

柱 Pillars 7

下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 2

下中廻し Shita Chuumawashi 5

地 Chi 12

掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 63

掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 91

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Enso Circle Handmade Wallscroll

This scroll is no longer available for sale and immediate shipment. For inquiries to have a custom Enso scroll made please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com.


This scroll was made with the remainder of cloth used for other scrolls. That is the reason for the small size. There can be good reason to also have scrolls made smaller than usual. I like the flow of the light to darker to darkest contrast of the scroll. The plastic ivory color jikusaki provides a good feel to the scroll. This scroll is in the Maru Hyougu style, which is the basic Japanese style of framing the artwork. It is simple, and not overly complex.
The gold in this cloth really pops to the viewer against the grey background. I love this Kinran, it provides an excellent flowing feel like the calligraphy brush circle. The brushwork was done by Ryugyoku, Yoshimi Maples.
Dimensions of the scroll are as follows:
Name in KanjiName in EnglishSize in BunSize in MillimetersSize in Inches
上一文字Ue Ichimonji1133.331.31
紙本の幅さArtwork Width88266.6410.50
紙本の長さArtwork Length67203.017.99
下一文字Shita Ichimonji721.210.84
掛け軸の幅さScroll Width124375.7214.79
掛け軸の長さScroll Length174527.2220.76