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Japanese Cherry Tree Painting

Paint moonlit cherry trees inspired by the woodblock prints of Yoshitoshi’s One Hundred Aspects of the Moon series, using watercolor and Japanese ink brush painting techniques.

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Japanese Cherry Tree Painting
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839-1892), Cherry trees blossom by the Sumida river, boats fade from view in the gathering dusk at Sekiya as I view the moon - Mizuki Tatsunosuke

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839-1892), Cherry trees blossom by the Sumida river, boats fade from view in the gathering dusk at Sekiya as I view the moon – Mizuki Tatsunosuke, 1891, woodblock print; ink and color on paper. Museum purchase with funds provided by Jack Graef Jr., Linda Stein, Susan Shettler and their families in memory of Jack and Marilyn Graef, 2019.9.90

Materials Needed

• liquid watercolors—red, blue (or watercolor tray set)
• crayons (or oil pastels, white and assorted colors)
• watercolor paper (140lb.)—2 sheets, 9 x 12
• bamboo brush (or watercolor brush)
• paint palette with wells
• sumi ink (or India ink)
• small water bowl
• masking tape
• sponge brush
• paper towels
• table salt
• pencil
• q-tips

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