Does anyone have suggestions on where to buy miniature painting materials in the U.S.?Wasli paper? Paints? the angled detailing brushes? materials for burnishing?
For paints: I am a big fan of Bristle and Brush, and she is working on putting out the Miniature palette (with traditional colors used in Persian and Mughal miniatures) again sometime soon....
Agreed - it's much quicker to do it by computer and it will be 'perfect' - but it won't have those tiny imperfections of a handmade work. Handmade work still has great value!
I wonder if this is the Saunders Waterford effort of recent note? I think I have a sample of it. They (St Cuthbert's Mill) have been trying to fill the niche once occupied by Fabriano for botanical artists with some variable success, bless their hearts. I like their 200lb HP watercolor paper, in particular the high white, which seems a tad harder sized. Alas, difficult to get in the US! The options for heavier weight HP watercolor paper here have shrunken precipitously recently. It almost seems as though papers that cannot go through a printer are out of favor.
Which tells me that it is more important than ever that the more traditional ways of working be sustained and advanced. So many beautiful things going extinct is no way to run a world! I recall a conservator from the Getty telling our botanical art guild how grateful she was that we still painted in the traditional way, as it was in danger of being lost to digital graphics.
Hmmm. Botanical papers: I have some of these: https://shop.stuartstevenson.co.uk/collections/watercolour-pads-blocks/watercolour-botanical-pad all used up now and quite small, also UK-based but might ship abroad. UK folk take note: this is another little brilliant, family-run art shop in London!
I have a friend in the UK (who I think travels between UK, Pakistan and Germany) who makes wasli, I'll have to see if she can sell some internationally, I'm sure she would. Otherwise Hussain yes, and Khadi which also stocks Hussain. You'll need some insecticide such as copper sulphate for traditional wasli, although, given where you are, actually may not need to worry about insects!
Thanks so much Kathlyn for helping out! I think the shop Talas in the US sells burnishers, if that helps. You can supplement all the above with modern watercolours and gouache (prefer watercolours) from any brand as long as they're artist quality, eg. Winsor and Newton.
Thanks so much! I link I tried before didn't work. This one works!
I have a new web address for Hussain papers from Danish Hussain:
It is not easy to find many of these things in the US, but online mail order from the rest of the world expands one's options. Viva la internet!
Brushes for miniature made by Vaishali
I got my curved squirrel hair brushes from Shalini Gupta in Singapore, but she currently doesn’t offer them. Vaishali's brushes are highly recommended.
Muhre for burnishing paper -- also not currently available in the US but available from Karin Sanat in Turkey via Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1025326032/glass-tip-polisher-for-polishing-paper?click_key=267ea1b57a0f3bdaaf012b238eebfdc28d4a6d92%3A1025326032&click_sum=f59fa81d&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=paper+burnisher&ref=sr_gallery-1-1&organic_search_click=1&pro=1&frs=1 Wasli -- no longer available in the US but available from MHK (Mohammad Hussain Kagzi -- Kagzi means papermaker), one of the last great traditional papermakers in Sanganer, Rajasthan that still makes wasli: Hussain paper in India http://hussainpapers.com/papertype.php It is easier to obtain: thinner papers to make your own wasli https://www.khadi.com/shop/category/indian-hemp-papers/ How to make wasli:
Wasli needs to sit for at least a year after being made so it ages before use.
Pigments Kremer pigments https://shop.kremerpigments.com/us/shop/pigments/ Gum Arabic — from any art store; Schmincke also makes excellent gouache and watercolor mediums to mix with dry pigments. Or simply use good quality tubed gouache and watercolor. Schmincke and M. Graham brand gouaches have the best rehydration characteristics. Pigmenters Winsor Newton, Daniel Smith, Holbein, Schmincke make superb watercolors.
I hope that helps!