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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Painting on Vintage Books: Inspirational Creationist

Inspirational Creationist: Loui Jover
Birds by Loui Jover
I was flicking through a collection of creative books when I came across an artwork which caught my eye: Birds by Loui Jover.

The Australian artist creates bold statements by using a Sumi-e ink-wash technique. The traditional technique has a fancy name but, basically, it is painting with black ink.

However, Jover reinvents the technique with his unique style and paints the black ink onto assembled pieces of vintage book paper.

The subject's eyelashes in Birds resemble feathers hence the name.

Jover inspired me to think of how the technique could be reinvented again. To achieve a similar, yet alternative, effect an image could be drawn onto scrap newspaper with a black biro pen.

Although, if trying to re-create the Sumi-e ink effect it is important to note that the paper type needs to be quite absorbent to allow for "a rich tonal range".

Jover has also been known to create Sumi-e ink-washes of famous faces such as Marylin Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.

What do you think of this artist's original approach?


  1. I think this piece is lovely and I really like how the eyelashes represent the feathers ! I love the effect when people do art onto like book pages :)

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

    1. I totally agree! It creates a really unusual and unique effect. Glad you like it. Gemma xx