A Japanese artist paints Tibetan Thangkas in Spain.
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I've recovered from my cold and am regaining the usual daily rhythm.
Get up→Prayer&Meditation→Eat→Paint→Eat→Paint→Eat,,,

I've gotten several new painting supplies during my short stay in Japan.

One of them is the glue made from fish.

I was recommended this glue specially to use with gold and I've decided to try it out as I'm just painting my recent Thangka with gold.

You may not know what is this "Glue". 
The color pigment I use to paint Thangka is mostly finely crushed natural stones.
The "glue" is used as binder to fix these powder like pigment on the canvas by mixing with it.

It is very important to choose good glue, know the right concentration and how to use it because these affect the brilliancy of the color and the fixing power.
In other words, it affect the "light" of the color at present and also the "life span" of the paint.


The color of this fish glue looks much clean and transparent compare to the hide glue from cow or water buffalo which I usually use.

I don't use much glue at a time, it's usually less than 1g so first I have to crush it and then soak in warm water.

It's quite difficult to cut or crush as it is hard and also resilient.

Make the small piece of glue soft by soaking it in warm water for a while and then heat it to dissolve well.


The glue solution is slightly clouded but doesn't stink like water buffalo's.
The concentration is bit more diluted than I usually prepare.

Mix it with gold and preparation is done.  Let's try.


"Brilliance" of the gold is good and the adhesive strength is very good!
Maybe I could dilute it even more and so the solution would be less thick.

I just don't like there are some small white things floating in the glue solution.

Maybe I should filter it through cloth,,?  But then I'm afraid that most of solution will be absorbed into the cloth.

Anyway, the glue seems really good so I'll try to use it again.  To the larger area next time.


By the way, the person who recommended me this glue is Mr. Fujiaka.  He is also a painter from who I learn many things each time I see him.
He has a vast of knowledge of the pigment, dye, glue, etc,,,etc.

About Mr. Fujioka



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