Chinese Calligraphy Technique and Learning: An Introduction to the Basic Brush Strokes

 

An Introduction to Chinese Characters

It is very easy for the novice Calligrapher, especially if they are unfamiliar with Chinese Characters, to be daunted by the complexity of Characters. It is heartening to learn, however, that Chinese Characters all rely on a very limited set of strokes, or brush movements. In fact, there are only eight basic strokes from which the astounding variety of Characters is made up. Focusing on these strokes will give the beginner a good basic understanding of the building blocks of all characters. Once you are familiar with them, and with Stroke Order, you should be able to figure out how to correctly and beautifully write just about any character you can find.

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Chinese Calligraphy Technique and Learning: An Introduction to the Stroke Order

 

Writing Correctly, Writing Beautifully in Chinese Calligraphy

When beginning to write Chinese, it can be quite daunting to look at all the complex characters before you, especially if you have no idea where to even start putting pen (or brush!) to paper. Learning to recognize characters is hard enough, but how do we begin to understand how a character should be written, let alone if it is written well?

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