Sumi Ink: An Introduction

Instructor: Bartek Walicki


liquid Sumi ink
brushes: large ink/watercolor brush, small liner brushes, wide 2-3” ink brush plus any other brushes you want to use
mark making tools: reed pens, sharpened sticks, soft cloth, rubber stamps, salt
paper: one pad of watercolor paper 16x20”, several sheets of rice paper or mulberry paper, several sheets of cheap paper to test your brushes on
paint: small tube of white acrylic paint
mediums: small jar of acrylic medium, modeling paste
adhesive: rubber cement, rubber cement pick up, gum tape or 1” green/blue painter’s tape (to tape down your paper to prevent it from warping)
support: wooden board (larger than your paper)
additional materials: plastic palette knives, plastic plates as palettes, containers for water, paper towels, rags, apron

Suggested Art Supply Stores:

New York Central Art Supply - 62 3rd Ave (212) 473-7705

Utrecht - 21 East 13th Street (212) 924-4136

Dick Blick Art Materials - 1 Bond St (212) 533-2444

DaVinci Art Supply - 132 West 21st Street (212) 871-0220

Pearl Paint: 308 Canal Street (212) 431-7932


Some of these stores will give you a student discount if you present your Cooper Union Continuing Education registration receipt.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.