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Also âH¹, “©». Sizing. Dousa is made by dissolving animal glue *nikawa äP in hot water, adding alum, boiling, and then adding cold water and cooling. It is used to coat paper and silk before painting to prevent ink and colours running. The formula for mixing dousa varies according to the season and the materials to be used. Untreated handmade Japanese paper *washi ˜aŽ† is highly water absorbent. Inks consisting of small particles such as black carbon ink *sumi –n are absorbed and fixed between the paper fibers, but large particles of Japanese pigments *ganryou Šç—¿ remain on the surface while the nikawa solution used as a binder *baizai ”}Ü is absorbed. The pigment particles are not fixed to the picture surface, and unwanted blotting and spreading can occur. The dousa layer solves this problem by reducing the water absorption of the paper. Applying dousa is known as dousabiki âH…ˆø‚«, and paper sized with dousa is known as dousagami âH…Ž†.
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