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Chinese Shadow Puppetry
A comprehensive informational website
Coloring the shadows
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Painting can make or break a perfectly cut puppet. Without careful colorations, one can confuse the complicated designs within the puppet. Making use of gradations, color mixing, and great contrast, the best painters can grab you from 15 feet away. Look closely at these photos to see a variety of techniques and stages in the painting process.
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