Shellac-Based Sumi Inks - This liquid ink is permanent and is also made from the same high-quality vegetable oil soot as our Sumi sticks. These pre-mixed black or red Sumi inks are made in the traditional method of grinding an ink stick on an unglazed grinding stone, and use shellac for a unique glaze and consistent capabilities.
Pre-Mixed Liquid Sumi Ink - This liquid ink is permanent and made from the same high-quality vegetable oil soot as our Sumi sticks. It is economical, convenient and time saving as it eliminates the need for grinding. All inks are AP Non-Toxic and conform to ASTM D4236 standards.
Sumi Ink Sticks - For more than a thousand years, the method of making Sumi sticks has remained the same. Sumi sticks are made from pine soot or certain vegetable oils mixed with animal or fish glue. It is then molded and dried to form a well-shaped solid block which, when ground on a Suzuri stone with water, turns to ink. They produce the famous Five Colors, or shades of black, that form the basis of “monochromatic” Sumi painting.
Suzuri Grinding Stone - The suzuri is a flat grinding stone used to make sumi ink. It has a sloping indentation which forms a small well at one end. A sumi ink stick is ground on the stone surface with plain water to produce liquid ink. Measures 3 × 5½".