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Japanese Kanji Scroll

Posted: Nov 5, 2007 9:13 am
by Customer
My husband and I have a niche in our home that would be a perfect place for a Japanese Scroll in Kanji (I am 1/2 Japanese).

Could we order a custom Kanji scroll with some art deco such as bamboo?

Thank you!

Terri Acedilla

Posted: Nov 5, 2007 9:14 am
by Gary
Do you mean on a bamboo scroll, or with bamboo painted with the Calligraphy?

Actually, the answer is no on the first possibility, as we only make silk wall scrolls. As far as the second possibility: This makes things complicated, as calligraphers and watercolor artists are generally not the same person. This would involve a collaboration of two different artists.
It's a bit more complicated and expensive that way, but is possible.

I might suggest a calligraphy scroll and a separate bamboo scroll as an option. It will be less hassle, and you'll get more for your money.


Posted: Nov 5, 2007 9:16 am
by Customer
Hi Gary:

Thank you for your quick answer. My husband and I have been looking all over for a scroll that has the Kanji characters on it, in a scroll form. Can the scroll be made to custom fit a niche? The niche is approx. 54"x36" but I would have to verify the exact measurements.

We would like to have love, harmony, peace and prosperity on it.

Is that possible and what would the cost be? And if you had a collaboration of the 2 artists, what would that cost be?

sorry to be such a pain but we've been so anxious to get something like this.

thanks again so much, I'm so happy I found you!


Posted: Nov 5, 2007 9:28 am
by Gary

Okay, here are some thoughts/issues:

If you are in the USA, the largest artwork (rolled up in a tube) that I can safely deliver is about 32" long. This means I could do 54" x 31" measured at the outside edge of the silk border (supposing you wanted a portrait). I can also do a single-character wall scroll in about the same dimensions with the measurement at the knobs being about 33" wide. There is also a paper issue involved, in that the largest commonly-available xuan paper size is about 27" x 53". There would be a silk border of about 2" on the long edge and 4" on the short edge, which yields a maximum portrait size of 31" x 61". Our max scroll size is longer to allow for the silk panels top and bottom - and wider when measured at the knobs.

If you are not in the USA, I can ship larger artwork. However, the larger paper size has to be custom made, and costs a lot more for those few extra inches that you want. We are talking a 50% overall cost increase to gain just a few inches. This is just FYI stuff so that you can make a good decision for yourself.

As you consider size, do consider the aspect or proportions of Chinese/Japanese characters. Generally, they take up a space that is square. If you wanted a two-character portrait, you can expect that if vertical, the length will be twice the width. There are various ways that we can adjust if needed. For instance, Zhuanshu characters (known as Tensho in Japanese) are longer than they are wide. Also, a long passage of 30+ characters can be formed into a character size and column length to match a lot of various overall sizes.

I think the first step is for you to give me an idea of what you want. Then we can start figuring out how to size it for you.