Well, phooey! Opened a new shipment of rice paper, thinking it the same as I had before but apparently the other was sized and this isn't. And boy! Does it make a difference! I think it's not only the sizing, but just the fact that all rice paper is not created equal. I'm using the very same sumi-e ink but it's not reacting the same at all ... even on remnants of the original paper. All that wonderfulness I was delighted to discover is nowhere to be found.
Well... I will have to use the paper in some other fashion, start from scratch and make new discoveries to replace the ones that went :::poof::: in the night. I'm knee deep in rice paper in the studio... not in the mood to order more at this point. 'Waste not, want not,' I keep hearing my grandmother whispering in my ear. Rats!