INKSTON Shimmer Plus Xuan Paper Mica Sized


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Sized papers with added Mica to create the Shimmer effect, made with alpine rushes, deliberately less absorbent than unsized raw Xuan tree bark paper to facilitate different styles of painting such as GongBi.

This is fine 30gsm paper, in large 120x60cm size (trimmed a little smaller than the 135×70 Plus size).

Available in pack sizes:

  • 25 sheets half-width30 * 120cm (0.35kg net weight)
  • 25 sheets 60 * 120cm (0.7kg net weight)
  • 50 sheets 60 * 120cm (1.4kg net weight)
  • 100 sheets 60 * 120cm (2.7kg net weight)
Paper packs

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


龙须草 Lóng xū cǎo “Dragon beard grass” latin name Eulaliopsis binata, known in English as Chinese alpine rush

Suitable for

see GongBi stories

Product Size 120 x 60 x 0.1 cm
Product Weight ,,,
Shipping size 78 x 7 x 7 cm
Shipping weight 500 g
SKU msxp00
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These papers are 熟宣 Shu Xuan sized or cooked Xuan paper made with Eulaliopsis binata called in Chinese 龙须草 “Dragon beard grass”  also known as Chinese alpine rush. They have some added Mica to create the Shimmer effect and they are deliberately not as absorbent as the unsized raw Xuan tree bark paper to facilitate different styles of painting.

  • Size: 60 * 120 cm.
  • Colour: White with mica shimmer.
  • Type: Sized Xuan Paper
  • Materials: 龙须草 “Dragon beard grass” latin name Eulaliopsis binata, known in English as Chinese alpine rush, spring water.
  • Suitable for Gongbi Painting 工笔画.
  • Finish: the paper is sized and the absorption rate is low. Mica Powders are added in the recipe for the shimmering effect.
  • Handmade with traditional recipe.

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.  To decide which type of Xuan Paper suits you best, please refer to Xuan Paper Buyer Guide.

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Recent discussions in: 熟宣 Shu Xuan sized or cooked Xuan paper

  • Rated 5 out of 5

    Recommended for others who want to experiment
    These are samples not for large paintings but for the price and to try the different varieties of paper, I was more than pleased.
    I used several for small paintings which are now in a show. I would order again and would recommend it to others who want to experiment.

  • Rated 5 out of 5

    Five Stars.
    Perfect. Great quality product. Thank you.

  • Rated 5 out of 5

    Your sample packet was very nice with a huge selection of papers. I wish the paper size was a little bit larger to allow more testing of specific brushwork, but I really appreciate that the sample wasn’t small! Your sample packaging is very classy and looks very professional, and the inclusion of the comparison table is great!

  • Balazs Otvos
    Rated 5 out of 5

    With my order I received a sample pack. It taken some time till I scathed and tried all of them. Generally it was a very instructive, and the difference between a machine made Xuan papers (I knew these before) and these papers are like chalk and cheese! The papers attributes was a important discovery for me, and there is a distinctive difference between painting and writing papers. Aside from obvious attributes, like softness, thickness, colour.
    These attributes are:
    Thirst, how much a paper keeps the brush stroke and keep the ink contain, preserving gestures from your brush.
    Flow, how much you can move the ink and water on the paper, how long you can alter it before it becomes permanent.
    (All Xuan papers are super absorbent, but there are differences.)
    Painting papers have more flow, writing papers have more thirst, but I found interesting mixtures in both type.
    Thank you for this wonderful experience. It really helped me getting ideas which papers I would like to paint with.
    I would even recommend some for European aquarelle paintings.


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