This is the final lesson for some of the students while others will continue for another term. For those who are leaving I like to furnish them with the knowledge of how to back their art work.
Although the Chinese calligraphy paper is strong, it is customary to to paste another sheet of paper behind it to push the ink forward, resulting in a brighter presentation, as well as to reinforce it.
It is a job for professionals who would have facilities such as humidity controlled rooms. However, the DIY method may be employed for everyday use, especially for small works. In the end the result depends on the amount of care one takes.
The process includes misting the work until it’s evenly damp (don’t try this with anything but Chinese calligraphy paper xuan 宣紙 or it may tear or disintegrate). The ink must be thoroughly dry or it would bleed at this point. Dried Chinese calligraphy ink would not bleed. Once damp, an adhesive is applied to the back of the work then a piece of paper is attached to it. The piece must then be hung vertically and dried slowly so as not to cause uneven shrinkage (wrinkles).
This preparation is adequate for home use such as seasonal greetings or hangings. However, for special or precious works, I suggest taking them to professionals. The students have a lot of fun in this workshop so I always include a session at the end of the course before party time :)
I will include pictures of the session in a separate post.