Ink and Wash Painting

With Vietnamese New Year (or Tết) coming up on February 3rd, I thought it would be fun to introduce the kids to the East Asian art of ink and wash painting called sumi-e (tranh thuỷ mặc in Vietnamese). I used a small amount of black washable tempera paint instead of real sumi-e ink (which stains) and watered it down with a tablespoon of water.

I also bought some Japanese rice paper (washi) at the local art store, but watercolor paper would work too.

Since 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, the kids painted some cute little rabbits.

As seen on:
The Crafty Crow
Ucreate with Kids


  1. This is beautiful! What a fantastic way to introduce children to different painting traditions. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this with me! Love it! :)

  3. Thanks. Inspired!
    Blessings, Daisy x

  4. Cutee! Is that a hello kitty?


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