Cheng-Khee Chee

Cheng-Khee Chee: Crinkle Paper Technique


Video Length: 1 Hour 58 Minutes
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You learn how to use Crinkling Paper Technique to effortlessly achieve delicate textures such as dappled lighting, dense foliage, and ethereal atmosphere without painting the details.

Chee's watercolor video workshop teaches you techniques you can apply in many other painting challenges.

Achieve a sense of texture, atmosphere, dappled light and dense foliage without painting details! Join master artist Cheng-Khee Chee, AWS DF, NWS, in this art instruction video and learn how to use rice paper to effortlessly achieve a sense of delicate patterning.

As a taoist, master watercolorist Cheng-Khee Chee seeks effortless solutions to artistic challenges. He believes in using the correct amount of energy on each stage in the painting process, and he developed his crinkle paper technique in response to this belief. In this workshop Chee shares with you his favorite method for rendering colorful, textured nature scenes.

Chee introduces you to a scant set of brushes and the few special materials you'll need: liquid ink, inexpensive rice paper, and mounting paste. Chee teaches you to care for the paper using a time-tested method for crinkling, mounting, and repairing tears. Chee then leads you through the development of crinkle paper, demonstrating the influence of calligraphy and sumi-e painting on his work. You'll see practical examples of both techniques to help you develop the brush control and delicate touch necessary for the main exercise.

Once you begin crinkling, you'll learn quickly to capture tree forms and foliage and use your energy on refining designs instead of painting leaves and branches. Throughout the workshop Chee demonstrates the delicate touch that allows him to distill fine detail from the fractured patterns of his sized paper. You'll follow his brush up close as he develops design relationships and imposes shapes among seemingly random veins of color. The result is a bright, bold, and highly textured landscape.

This workshop includes a secondary exercise on painting winter scenes. Chee uses a quarter sheet of rice paper to demonstrate ink painting on crinkle paper and to share elements of his winter color schemes. This exercise works hand in hand with the primary painting, helping you to develop a set of skills for every season.

By the end of the workshop, you'll be ready to let your emotion and intuition guide you in creating intricate nature scenes. For a fresh, natural approach to landscape and nature painting, join Cheng-Khee Chee for the fifth volume in his workshop series, The Crinkle Paper Technique.

You see Cheng-Khee Chee make important design decisions to create a strong yet delicate scene. Cheng-Khee Chee's process enables you to focus on structure and design while his crinkle paper technique takes care of the rich texture. This watercolor video workshop teaches a wonderful technique for many otherwise daunting.

Watercolor painter Cheng-Khee Chee, AWS, DF, NWS, is a master of painting and design and the synthesis of Eastern and Western philosophies and styles who has stretched the boundaries of watercolor media. This art video presents a rare opportunity to learn from a man who has been described by people who know him as A Modern Day Master, a "Complete Artist.


This art video workshop with Cheng-Cheng Chee includes four demonstrations:

  • a brief calligraphy demo
  • sumi calligraphy
  • a limited-palette winter scene
  • a spring explosion of color


In this watercolor instruction video you learn:

  • which materials to use;
  • the proper way to crinkle rice paper; how to paint with a light touch;
  • how to alter color; and the time-tested method used to mount rice paper.


BONUS CLIP: Finding Tree Shapes in Crinkled Watercolor Paper

In this clip from his video workshop, Crinkle Paper Technique, master watercolor painter Cheng-Khee Chee finds natural tree shapes among the creases and colors on his watercolor paper. Chee applies color using his creative right brain then uses rational left brain processes to discover recognizable forms. Chee uses dark pigments and lifting to create tree trunks on his crinkled paper.