Yes, I grind my own ink and pigments. I also use only handmade papers (purchased, but I'm learning). I find the time spent grinding is worth it as it calms me down even more before picking up the brush. Also, the colors are so much different from what you can buy in a tube or cake. I do dream in color, often lucidly.
Thanks Clare. Your scroll is being mounted as we speak. It takes about a week, as the rice-glutton glue dries a bit slow in Taiwan due to humidity. As I am just beginning to learn how to mount, I still pay my friend to do the work and mostly watch, helping out here and there. I chose a duller, water-blue with a flower pattern for the silk and the best quality dark-wood for the dowel/knobs. I think it will look nice.
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