Kuretake Saiboku Shimbi Japanese Traditional Ink Stick - 14 Colour Set


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Kuretake Saiboku Shimbi set is a coloured ink stick set that demonstrates beautiful, vibrant colours used in traditional Japanese-style paintings. You can easily control the ink density or blend colors together using these ink sticks. With them, it is easy to create different bleeding and blurring techniques. It can be used for a wide range of purposes, including Japanese-style paintings, ink wash, watercolor, and colored ink paintings. It has 12 colourful ink sticks including White, Red Plum, Rouge, Fresh Light, Daizhe, Loess, Yellow, Celadon, Green Cyan, Light Green Onion, Ultramarine Blue, and Dark Blue.

This set also includes two black ink sticks. The first black ink stick is black ink for calligraphy and painting, which has a slight, reddish-brown shade when diluted with an excess of water. The second black ink stick is bluish-black ink color for illustration, which is clear and has a great depth of color.


  1. Drop a coin-size droplet of water on your inkstone.
  2. With some pressure, grind the ink stick into the water in a circular motion.
  3. When the ink becomes your preferred consistency, guide the ink towards the ink pool of the inkstone.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you've created the preferred amount of ink.

How to store:

Each ink stick is separately wrapped with Japanese traditional paper called ‘washi’ and placed in beautiful paulownia boxes, which provides protection to preserve the life of the ink. After each use, make sure to remove moisture by gently wiping the ink stick with a cloth or paper. It is easy to rinse and clean the ink. Please store ink stick in the paulownia box to preserve.

Pre-order Shipping

Estimated dispatch dates subject to change. If in-stock items and pre-order items are ordered in a single order, all items will be shipped together until the pre-order items are fully available. We are unable to split orders into multiple shipments. If you would like us to dispatch the in-stock items immediately, please place in-stock items and pre-order items in separate orders.

August 2021 New Update

Due to the unstable delivery speed during lockdown, we decide to offer free Express shipping (1 - 2 business days) for all orders to Australian addresses when you spend more than $59 (after any discounts applied).

Shipping within Australia

Order Value Shipping Methods
Under $59

Standard Post (Online Tracking + Transit Insurance) - $5.85

Express Post (Online Tracking + Transit Insurance) - $9.95

Over $59 (after any discounts applied)

Free Standard Post (Online Tracking + Transit Insurance) 

*All delivery service includes online tracking service and transit insurance.

Processing Time: 1 business day (weekends and public holidays are not business days).

Delivery Speeds: 
Standard Post: Online Tracking, 2 - 5 Business Days.
Express Post: Online Tracking, 1 - 2 Business Days.

Transit Cover: Every shipment comes with Australia Post Transit Insurance for your peace of mind.

*Shipping to New Zealand starts from $17 by DHL International Express, more info in Shipping Policy to New Zealand.

- What if I change my mind?
You can lodge return or exchange at any time within 30 days after purchase.

- What if I find the products I receive are in a poor condition?
If an item arrives damaged or seems defective. Please contact us and we'll be happy to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
Please see more details in our Return Policy.

Kuretake Saiboku Shimbi Japanese Traditional Ink Stick - 14 Colour Set
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