Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Black Dragon Sumie on Silk Mounted in Kakejiku

This is another dragon painting by an artist in Virginia. I think he does very good detailed work. The colors on this were so vivid. I had to spray an extra fixative, but there was still a small smudge of blue that occurred during the mounting, which makes me very upset. Otherwise this turned out really nice.

I had originally thought to use two separate cloth patterns. One would be a light green with a very small pattern and a green ten/chi. I thought this would go well with the leaves in the painting...but when I put the cloths up next to the painting, I decided it was too much of a good thing and the green would drown out the dragon. The other is what you see in the picture. It is a gray/silver cloth with a nami (wave) pattern. The Ten/Chi is a shike cloth, and it was done in the Yamato Hyougu format for the scroll. I completed it utilizing the Kodai Saniro hanging string, and used resin jikusaki, that mimics the color pattern of real ivory.

I think this scroll turned out nicely.
If you would like to have one of your works mounted, or have my wife do calligraphy for a scroll, please visit my website at www.customjapanesecalligraphy.com, email me at sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com or call me at 801-214-4064.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Sanso Collection Rosetsu Tiger

This scroll is a print of the original painted by Japanese artist Rosetsu. This small snippet about the artists life is provided by Wikipedia. 
Nagasawa Rosetsu (長沢芦雪, 1754–1799) was an 18th-century (Edo period) Japanese painter of the Maruyama School, known for his versatile style. He was born to the family of a low-ranking samurai. He studied with Maruyama Ōkyo in Kyoto.
https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Nagasawa_Rosetsu

The customer requested this scroll to be made into a Yamato Hyougu format. I really like the interplay between the gold and brown cloths and the subtle resin Jikusaki that looks like ivory. 

If you would like a custom scroll made of one of your works, or my wife to write a Japanese calligraphy piece for you please visit my site to download a  scroll design workbook at https://customjapanesecalligraphy.com/ You may also email me at sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com or phone to me at 801-214-4064.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Sanso Collection #142 Small Landscape with man on bridge by Gyokudo

This is another print done of the original. It is a small painting by the Japanese artist Gyokudo. Below is some information about the artist.

 Kawai Gyokudō - Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Kawai_Gyokudō Kawai Gyokudō (川合 玉堂, November 24, 1873 – June 30, 1957) was the pseudonym of a Japanese painter in the nihonga school, active from Meiji through Shōwa period Japan. His real name was Kawai Yoshisaburō.

This scroll has three distinct cloths. It is in the Butsu Hyougu style. The purple gives feelings of the Autumn season with the deep golds. The dark cloth compliments the overall feel of the scroll.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Group of Scrolls Part 1

 These are two different Sandan Hyougu scrolls I did for a customer in Wisconsin. He brushed all the works and sent them to me. In total there were 11 scrolls, and it was a stretch to get them all done on time. But I really enjoyed the opportunity to create some of my own cloth combinations for these.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Nick Rimando Wall of the Wasatch Sumie

I commissioned this painting as a fan of Nick Rimando, goalkeeper for the soccer team Real Salt Lake I am a big fan of RSL and try to watch every match. Nick Rimando has been such a solid player for so many years. I was sad to hear this would be his last year, so as soon as I heard this I commissioned two paintings from Polish artist Mariusz Szmerdt. I wanted to frame these together in a unique style.

I asked my supplier in Japan to specifically match the Claret, of the team colors. The blue (chuumawashi) cloth closest matched the cobalt. In the borders called Ichimonji, I used a mountain motif in order to express Rimando's moniker, "The Wall of the Wasatch".

The paintings are of his signature clap to the fans, and the other is of him holding the MLS Cup trophy, to celebrate the teams championship won in 2009. I have received such enjoyment from watching him play, and I hope this reminds people of these pleasurable moments.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Scroll Making Class Student 2

Fortunately, this was a smaller scroll than the other student made. It was a little easier to handle.
They chose the koi pattern cloth with a nice green cloth. The jikusaki are ceramic light green and the Uguisu color hanging string was used. Simple but elegant.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Scroll Making Class Student 1

This student brought an original Japanese painting that he had purchased earlier. It is a common Japanese theme with two cranes. I think it turned out nicely. He chose the Takuboku hanging string and a machined rosewood jikusaki. If you are interested in taking a scroll making class with me, purchase my book, or would like me to mount a painting for you, please contact to info@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Saturday, July 27, 2019

3rd Iteration of Unkei Eii Painting

This was the third scroll I made of this painting that is in the Sanso Collection.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Scroll of Painting by Tanomura Chikuden

This is a scroll done of a print of Chikuden's original artwork. It is a landscape with a scholar. You can learn more about Chikuden in the wikipedia link below. The soft nature of the scroll really gives me a calm, relaxed feeling.
This was part of the Sanso collection, and I have  just a few more scrolls to make for these prints. I will be very sad when this project is over, because all the artworks are very fun to look at. I will not miss the larger pieces though...

This scroll is done with a tan cloth with a very opaque pattern. It has a rust color Ichimonji, and wood jikusaki.

If you would like a scroll made of your artwork, photo, calligraphy or other medium, please contact me at sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com


Sunday, July 7, 2019

Scroll Display Class Number 5

We have completed the scroll through to stage 2c...
We made the Mimiori (hems), Jikubukuro, Hassoubukuro, and harite....
The last layer of paper on the scroll was applied and the work put on the drying board.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Bonsai Display Scroll Made

I hope you like this shohin bonsai display created by a bonsai artist.
I made the scroll for this with the picture provided by the bonsai artist.

I made this scroll with a light color possible, trying to evoke an early summer feel. I made it into a minchou hyougu style with two vertical strips of blue. It is completed with an antique machined jikusaki and kodai san iro hanging string.

If you would like a scroll made for a bonsai display or for another occasion please contact to me at sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Monday, July 1, 2019

Sanso Collection #79

This is a painting of a fly whisk and staff by the artist Hakuin Ekaku, which was part of the Sanso collection. You can read more about this artist at the following link. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakuin_Ekaku This is a print of the original that was owned. It was done in a two step scroll style, with a green kinran as the chuumawashi and a brown Mandala pattern for the Ten/Chi. It has Fuutai.

This is one of my favorite paintings in the collection because of the simple nature of the painting theme, but the complex use of Haboku techniques, to visualize the different objects.

If you would like a custom scroll made please contact me at sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com or visit my website at www.customjapanesecalligraphy.com for more information.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

A Name Translated into a Kakejiku

This scroll was also made for a customer I met at the Nihon Matsuri in downtown Salt Lake on April 27th. It takes me about a month and a half to create a handmade scroll. The person wanted their name Nativi transliterated into Japanese. So my wife made this translation for the sounds in his name.
Na 成 = To Be or Have
Ti (Chi) 千 = One Thousand
Vi (Bi) 孫 = Descendants

This is on a very nice Pure silk with a cherry blossom design.

If you would like to have a scroll created uniquely for you, please email to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Scroll Making Class Pics

These are pictures from my first scrollmaking class that I have held locally. The students use my published book and we do everything step by step. This was the third class. To complete the course it requires 5 classes at $20.00 per class and all materials are provided. We completed to stage 2a on Saturday June 15, 2019.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Fall Down Seven Times Get Up Eight Kakejiku

This was a kakejiku or Wallscroll made for a customer I met at the Nihon Matsuri in Salt Lake City on April 27, 2019. He wanted me to make a scroll with the mountain cloth and this particular Japanese kotowaza or proverb. It was brushed by my wife Yoshimi Yamada "Ryugyoku" Maples. She is a really talented calligrapher.

Because I had so little of the mountain cloth,  I made it into a Sandan Hyougu style scroll. It is completed with ivory plastic jikusaki and the Usukin (light gold) hanging string.

If you would like a custom scroll made for yourself, please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Friday, June 7, 2019

Pair of Japanese Calligraphy Scrolls

These scrolls were made for a customer in Florida. The sayings are from the Karate Kid II movie. I tried to get the cloths to match the ones in the original dojo.
I enjoyed making these for the customer.

If you have a favorite quote or Japanese phrase you would like made into a scroll, please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com so that I can provide a quote for you.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Butsu Hyougu Style Scroll

This is another painting of the Sanso Collection. I believe it is number 74, by the painter Sengai. This is the information on the painter provided by Wikipedia. Sengai Gibon (仙厓 義梵, 1750–1837) was a Japanese monk of the Rinzai school (one of three main schools of Zen Buddhism in Japan)

I framed this in the formal style called Butsu Hyougu in order to match the White Robed Kannon (Water Kannon) theme of the painting with the calligraphy. I also used the traditional Kin Jikusaki and the top kin on the Hassou, to match the elegance of the painting.

I think it turned out quite beautiful.

If you would like to have a scroll made or painting or calligraphy piece remounted, please contact to Jonathan at sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Handmade Aikido Wallscroll

This is an Aikido Scroll custom made for a customer in Florida. It was written in Gyousho (Semi-Cursive) style by Yoshimi "Ryugyoku" Maples for the customer.

If you want to give a handmade gift to an Aikido practitioner, please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com for more information and pricing. You can also download a copy of my scroll design workbook at www.customjapanesecalligraphy.com 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Dragon Painted by Customer

This artist lives in Virginia and he has made several scrolls. I guess he was having some difficulty making the scroll for this particular painting, so he sent it to me to have it mounted. I selected the cloths and the jikusaki. I made it into a Yamato Hyougu style.

I think his work is very beautiful and he has great control of his brush. He said he also plays the shamisen.

It is a very beautiful work, and I am thankful he sent it to me to mount into a scroll. If you would like one of your works mounted into a scroll contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Friday, April 5, 2019

Sousho Calligraphy In Kakejiku

This is another sample of a customers sousho or full cursive Japanese calligraphy. It was mounted in a sandan Hyougu style, to help bring a little austerity to the informality of the writing.

If you would like a piece or art, photograph, or have us write calligraphy for you and framed into a wallscroll with beautiful, unique silks imported from Japan, please contact Jonathan Maples at sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Friday, March 22, 2019

Customer Wallscroll

This calligraphy was brushed by an artist in the midwest. They sent this to me for mounting. I mounted this in a Fukuro Hyougu style. The simple mounting seems to match the full cursive style of the writing.

It is finished with a ceramic jikusaki and takuboku hanging string.

If you would like to have a custom piece of art mounted into a wallscroll, please contact to me at sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Sanso #65 Flowering Plum Tree in Moonlight

This is a print of the original that was painted by Tani Buncho, a Japanese literati (bunjin) artist. (谷 文晁, October 15, 1763 – January 6, 1841)

This was the most difficult scroll to make in the group because of the size of the painting. The resulting scroll took up an entire section on a 4'x8' drying board when making. Needless to say I spent a lot of time on my knees for this one.

I love the beautiful layering and depths of the different shades of sumi on this painting. It is very rich and complex. The simple scroll design with a brown cloth containing a very demure karakusa helps to bring out the beauty of this painting.

If you would like a scroll made for a gift, martial arts dojo, ikebana/bonsai display, or other occasion please email to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Sanso 13 Misty Mountains by Unkei Eii

 This was a scroll I made of the print of the original by Japanese painter Unkei Eii called Misty Mountains. It is a landscape in the Haboku (破墨) style. This style is characterized by layering contrasts of the black, gray and white of the paper and ink. Ha the first character is the other reading for the verb to break and boku is ink. So it is sometimes translated as a broken ink style. The scroll is completed by utilizing a dark brown Ichimonji with a large karakusa. The Chuumawashi is is a gold karakusa, and the gray Ten/Chi has a semi-wave pattern. It was made in the Yamato Hyougu style of scrolls, and the hanging string is the Cha (Brown) with a ceramic off white jikusaki.

If you have a painting that you would like framed into a scroll please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Customer Artwork Mounted in Kakejiku

This is the second scroll of a customer's, late mother's calligraphy. I really like her brushwork. It was the reason these were given merit awards by the calligraphy society with which she participates.

This scroll was also mounted in the Maru Hyougu format. I really love this cloth. Just so you are aware it is a nami 波 (wave) pattern, with a strip of ichimonji. This was finished with a wooden jikusaki and the Kodai San Iro kakehimo.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Customer Calligraphy in Kakejiku

This scroll was made from a customer's late mother's calligraphy. I really like this writing.
This scroll is made in the Maru Hyougu format with a thicker than normal ichimonji.

If you would like a scroll made for personal or business use, please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com