INKSTON Expert Flower/ Bird Xuan Paper


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INKSTON Expert Flower/ Bird 45 Xuan paper contains 33-38% Pteroceltis Tatarinowii tree bark, it is untreated/unsized (raw/uncooked in Chinese) and has a tiny portion of added calcium, which makes the paper very sensitive to express different kinds of inks. Therefore, the paper is specially suitable for paintings of flowers and birds.

To make the Expert grade Xuan paper the fibres are steamed/boiled and the pulp mixed for longer than usual. This makes the paper finer and stronger than normal Xuan Paper.

This is fine 40gsm paper, in large 138x70cm size (I sheet has a surface area equivalent to 15 sheets A4).

Available in pack sizes:

  • 10 sheets (0.36kg net weight)
  • 25 sheets half-width (0.45kg net weight)
  • 25 sheets (0.9kg net weight)
  • 50 sheets (1.8kg net weight)
  • 100 sheets (3.6kg net weight)


Paper packs

25 Sheet Roll of half-width sheets – standard parcel shipping
25 Sheet Roll of large size – 1kg approx. shipping weight
10 Sheets in decorative cylindrical tube 1kg approx. shipping weight
50 Sheet "half-pack" 2kg approx. shipping weight
100 Sheet pack 4kg approx shipping weight




Recommended for Sumi-e / Chinese painting and professional calligraphy .
Contains around 30% to 40% Pteroceltis Tatarinowii bark, and 70% or 60% rice straw,

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Suitable for

Product Size 70 × 138 cm
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Shipping size 78 × 7 × 7 cm
Shipping weight [depending on variation]
SKU ink-fbep-4812

Handmade in the most traditional way with spring water, rice straw, and 2 years old Pterocelti Tatarinowii tree barks.
This pack of paper is handmade at the ancient Xuan Paper workshop featured in Xuan paper making – a Unesco intangible heritage.
For more information about Xuan paper types and usage see Chinese Xuan 1,000 year old Truth paper.

These are paintings tested by inkston clients.

Chinese artist Huang GuoHong commented, ‘very nice paper for flower and bird paintings.’ 

Recent discussions in: 138x70cm Plus Size xuan paper

  • The paper is very nice quality, consistent and with a smoother texture and slight tooth. I will say that for me it seems to function as a straightforward raw xuan paper: ink spreads extremely easily, it is easy to get puffiness rather than sharp edges. Alternatively, less ink seems to result in a “dry brush” look as the paper gulps up ink quickly. Even with goat hair I need to recharge the brush frequently. Hard to do very large character work unless I go strongly cursive.

  • This paper takes washes very well, and holds up to a lot of wet-in-wet. I especially like how pine-soot ink contrasts with the paper’s slightly warm tone. It’s fairly opaque, which makes colors applied to the back very subtle from the front.
    I ordered the half-sheets, and the only issue I have is that they are cut slightly unevenly. I’m cutting them down further to fit my workspace anyway, so this isn’t too inconvenient.

  • This shimmer plus xuan paper works really well for detailed paintings, and flower paintings such as peony. it also wrinkles less than the unsized xuan papers. The sparkles from the mica paper give it a fresh and lively feeling making it a favorite of mine!

  • So good to work with. Beautifully white, strong and loves ink. Thank you.

  • J’aime vraiment beaucoup le papier Extra Fine Paysages Papier Xuan pour la nuance de ses dégradés.
    Je le recommande vivement.

  • I really love this paper! I would absolutely order more of it. I know it’s kind of expensive compared to the machine-made xuan paper, but the high quality of this paper makes it absolutely worth it.

  • Very good landscape paper. This paper is very wide.

  • Presentazione e conservazione fantastica
    Oserei dire regale
    Inkston ha l’eleganza innata della tradizione
    Un gusto nel proporre articoli che aiuta tutti ad entrare nel mondo meraviglioso della Cina.

  • All interactions with shop were easy and they were nice. I don’t know much about this kind of paper because I’ve never used it before but it certainly seems good to me.

  • INKSTON Perfect 80 Xuan Paper is good quality, it has a light yellow tint and good absorbing and bleeding properties. Once in a while some areas do not absorb as well, or there may be an imperfection in the paper (which is natural). I just do not know why some areas act as if there was oil and it resists the ink, and other areas it is fine. Overall, good value for the cost – also versatile for dry and wet painting.

  • This is very good paper for writing calligraphy. Quality costs money but it’s definitly worth it. Not too absorbent, just right and the brush gently slides on the paper. I do really recommend this paper when writing a definite work. For practicing its maybe better to use other paper.
    You can see the the different structures in the paper so it’s really hand made which makes it such good paper.

  • Ce papier Gold Fleck Plus est fin, pour moi sa transparence est un plus mais j’aurais dû mieux protéger les bords pour ne pas abimer mon travail à l’encre pour le transport. C’est un papier Xuan semi-traité il est donc facile a travailler pour les débutants, les petites paillettes “d’or” agrémenteront et souligneront le travail munition des peintres.
    Je pense que ma fille sera contente de son cadeau d’anniversaire.

    Je le recommande, il est un bon complément du papier Xuan traditionnel.

  • Top du Top !
    Ce papier est d’une qualité exceptionnelle et précieuse grâce aux éclats de lumière des feuilles d’or.
    Je recommanderai ce papier à nouveau. Je vous ai fait de la pub sur ma page Facebook.
    À très bientôt pour mes impressions sur les pinceaux “Étoile rouge”. Sinon, l’expédition impeccable. Bravo à votre équipe ! Voici le lien:

  • Magnifique papier, spécialement apprécié en cette période de fêtes pour les souhaits de Noël et de Nouvel An.

  • Whoops I forgot to rate the paper after I gave my review

  • It took some time to arrive, but that was expected. The box it came in was well wrapped and every item inside was delicately wrapped. Very impressed. I tried this paper first and the ink stick (Qing mo?)I bought in the same order. I don’t know much about Xuan paper and ink so I’m still testing and learning the difference. I only have the paper and ink stick I bought from Chinatown to compare. But the paper is amazing in a way it exceed my expectation of it. It look really thin and much more fragile than the Chinatown Xuan paper but I was surprised how there’s less bleeding for every stroke I put down. Maybe it’s due to the fact I’m also using better ink (the ink stick from Chinatown smells awful when I grind it). All in all I’m really impressed with this paper.

  • I´m really excited about it! Strong, nice texture of the handmade paper, high quality… Manipulation with the moistened paper is very good and quite easy.

  • This paper is clearly hand made, it has a slightly yellow/ivory tint , and tiny bits of impurities scattered here and there, that add to its charm.

    It is extremely absorbent! it quickly turns transparent when it`s wet, so you must train and make use of your patience between strokes. It is most suitable for wet-into-wet, runny, fuzzy, smudgy effects. You can also produce lines if you learn how loaded your brush must be, how thick the ink, and how quick the movement!

    It is really one of the “truth papers” bescause it retains EVERY stroke! Even if you cover your previous strokes with a splash of darker ink, still you can see the coverd strokes singled out, sometimes surrounded by a thin thin lighter line! So the paper works best for a “one stoke” kind of approach.

    I also sized the paper myself useing alum and glue water and turned it into a normal kind, much less absorbent and easier to control paper.

  • I am trying to improve my calligraphy and the Expert Calligraphy paper was a ‘present to myself’ to encourage me to practice. It feels wonderful – slightly more absorbent than the semi sized (half cooked?) paper I normally use but of much higher quality.

  • The Extra Fine 45 aged paper is beautiful and will be my ‘standard practice paper’ for the next few weeks. I struggle with getting the correct moisture on my brush and need to practice on just one paper to improve my control.

  • Paper quality rivals that of much more expensive products. The Craftsmanship of this paper shows the unbelieable amount of detail that is spent in perfecting such a rich paper.

  • nice paper to paint on.

  • This paper has some calcium sizing so the ink doesn’t bleed excessively. Very nice surface.

  • Great quality, holds ink well. Great communication

  • Je viens de recevoir ce matin ma première commande ,très bien emballée je suis ravie .
    Thanks you very much
    J’attends impatiemment mon papier.

  • Le papier extra fine landscape est de très belle qualité. Il permet de très fines nuances de gris tout en restituant les couleurs de l’encre avec un grande intensité. Un rapport qualité prix imbattable.

  • Ce papier peu absorbant est de très belle qualité. Il convient parfaitement pour la peinture , notamment en style lignan.

  • Delivery took more than I expected, however product is really good. Also I love how it delicately wrapped. Thank you for cute Christmas messages, too!

  • Beautiful paper! Very similar to my Red Star paper but much cheaper. I use it for my abstract paintings and it works very well.

  • Very nice papers for my calligraphy works! Will buy again very soon!

  • Suite à cet achat de Papier Xuan, qui est très bien, j’ai eu l’agréable surprise quelques semaines plus tard de recevoir un bon nombre d’échantillons de feuilles différentes. Merci à INKSTON.

  • Muy satisfecha con este papel en tono nuez, bonitas pinceladas y gamas de grises. Muy buen comportamiento de la tinta en el papel. Embalaje y presentación muy cuidada. Gracias!

  • Five Stars
    very good value good product

  • Papier, keine Bürste Verified Purchase
    Die Artikelbeschreibung hier in Amazon ist nicht ganz richtig. Es handelt sich um Papier, nicht um eine Bürste. Aber die Papiermenge und Qualität ist für diesen Preis absoluter Hammer.

  • magnifique
    Ce papier est magnifique, il était parfaitement emballé. Il a un coté lisse et un coté plus duveteux comme en général le papier de calligraphie. La couleur est blanche laiteuse, j’adore et je vous le conseille. De plus Inkston a rajouté des informations concernant la provenance la fabrication la composition le tout en anglais mais cela ce comprend facilement. On voit que ce papier est fabriqué artisanalement, on voit la trame tout en finesse. C’est un papier qui va boire, je ne l’ai pas encore essayé mais cela se sent au touché. Je l’adore et vous le conseille, en plus il est d’un bon rapport qualité/prix.

  • Bon produit. Papier épais et peu absorbant convenant bien à la peinture chinoise.

  • Xuan non traité ou xuan semi traité
    Apres essai ce papier permet de travailler sans que l encre ou la peinture ne déborde comme sur le papier xuan
    Ç est effectivement ce que j espérais et suis donc satisfaite du résultat
    Mais je reste fidèle au papier xuan non traité qui m est très agréable au contact du pinceau (plus doux)

  • Papier de qualité
    Je l ai testé je travaille pour la première fois dessus. Et j ai compris que n étant pas traité il faut être vigilant en ce qui concerne l’aplat du pinceau
    Appuyer avec légèreté afin que l eau ne s’étende pas plus qu’il ne faut
    J’adore sa transparence et le résultat final est très satisfaisant que ce soit à l encre ou à l aquarelle

1 review for INKSTON Expert Flower/ Bird Xuan Paper

  1. Papier de qualité
    Je l ai testé je travaille pour la première fois dessus. Et j ai compris que n étant pas traité il faut être vigilant en ce qui concerne l’aplat du pinceau
    Appuyer avec légèreté afin que l eau ne s’étende pas plus qu’il ne faut
    J’adore sa transparence et le résultat final est très satisfaisant que ce soit à l encre ou à l aquarelle

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