I had a lovely visit to Suffolk for a Peace and Remembrance Day. I ran a workshop painting white poppies, for peace.
The gift of a vase or a painting of a vase is a wish for peace because the character for vase (瓶) is pronounced píng, which sounds like the word for peace 平 安, píng ān. A vase with crackled glaze sounds like “year after year peace”.
It took me a while to get the effect I wanted. I needed a wash to show up the white flowers, but white pigment can look thick and dead. So I used titanium white and mineral green or blue Chinese colours, but painted on the back as a resist. I mostly used thin machine-made bark paper so that I could wash from the back and get a subtle colour on the front. I love the texture of mulberry paper, but it was too thick for a wash on the back to show well (first example above).