STICK - In Sumi-e the artist grinds her own ink using an ink stick and a grinding stone. Ink sticks are generally made of densely packed ash from Asian pine trees and a little glue. The artist puts a few drops of water on the ink stone and grinds the ink stick in a circular motion until a smooth black ink is made of the desired concentration.
INK - Use this convenient liquid brush writing ink instead of the traditional stick ink for your calligraphy or brush painting needs. Non-toxic. Imported from Japan. Sumi-e is a form of Japanese ink painting that developed from the practice of Japanese calligraphy. The name means "black ink" in Japanese, reflecting the traditional idea that colours could be implied using only black ink of various concentrations.