An Overview of Chinese Ink History

 

Ink: Central to the Literati Arts, and Chinese Civilization

Whenever we think of Chinese Arts, the images that leap to mind inevitably revolve around a very controlled use of line, and a deep glossy black. This black is a product of Chinese Ink, an artistic material that has survived largely unchanged for thousands of years. Ink has been not only the primary medium of literary visual artistic expression, but has also played a pivotal role in the formation and maintenance of the Chinese cultural complex. Without ink, it is impossible to tell what the historical landscape of China would look like. In other cultures, the keeping of records and maintenance of bureaucracy was often dependent on much more laborious processes, or on products that surrendered to the vagaries of time. It may be argued that the ease of preserving works executed with Chinese Ink has had an impact on the remarkable continuity of the Chinese culture across millennia.

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Grinding your own Ink in Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy

 

Background of Grinding Ink

Ever since the Chinese began writing with Ink and Brush, scholars and artists have ground their own Ink. Although many beginners may choose pre-prepared liquid Ink (link: online store prepared Ink) due to its consistency, ready availability and cheapness, experienced and novice calligraphers alike take pride in grinding their own Ink Sticks (link: online store Ink Sticks) (墨/ Mo). Not only is the grinding of Ink a great way to prepare the mind and wrist for the forthcoming writing, but it is also the best way to get a variety of Ink effects.

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The Different Types of Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy Ink

 

What you Should Know about Black Inks in Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy

An artist who produces traditional Chinese Arts can do a great deal with only simple Black Ink. As one of the Four Treasures, Ink Sticks have enjoyed a long and involved history as part of Chinese culture.

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