Nihonga: Practice with metal leaf

Metal leaf with nihonga, white. Done with the materials I still have around. Taken from sketches of clouds made from an airplane last December. Very eager to go deeper with this medium.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

2 Responses to Nihonga: Practice with metal leaf

  1. Hi Paul, I am a Nihonga painter who teaches pretty intensive workshops. You can visit my website at We just finsihed one but I already have 3 people who want another. Are you interested? You can pop me an email if so.

    • pcNielsen says:

      I would love to come to one of your workshops. I’m just getting into the medium and could really use a hands-on primer.

      I was actually aware of the recent one (I’m part of the nihonga Facebook group), but this year it’s highly unlikely with a newborn in the house. I’ll keep it in mind though, and maybe next year I can come up with the time and money!

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