An Overview of Chinese Paper

 

Characteristics of Chinese Paper: Absorbency and Treatment (Processing State)

Traditional Chinese arts stress the quality of the materials and tools used just about as much as their artistic use. Even more than choosing Ink or Brush, the Paper selected has a direct impact on the type of Script you might lean toward.

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A Brief History of Chinese Paper

 

Precursors: Writing in China before Paper

While Paper has been a fundamental part of the Chinese visual and literary arts since at least the Han Dynasty, its widespread production was predated by the development of the Chinese writing system. Chinese writing was first developed for ritual purposes, being engraved on bones and tortoise shells. From there, characters inscribed on bronze vessels and other precious objects exposed and explained the ownership and meaning of ritual goods as political and religious tools. By the end of the Warring States Period, writing in pursuit of a textual culture of poetry, history and philosophy was most often carried out on slips of bamboo or wood. Writing and painting on Silk was also common in the elite culture of the Warring States, especially in the production of state banners or funerary goods.

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Mounting and Caring for a Chinese / Japanese Brush Painting

 

Mounting a Chinese Painting – Preparing your Work for Display

Although works of Calligraphy and Painting are usually executed on a single sheet of Xuan Paper, when it comes to displaying them, the original paper is usually mounted on another, larger sheet. The mounting process, if done correctly, will ensure that the finished process is flattened out, and any wrinkling that results from the drying of the Ink will be eliminated. Such mounted works may then be framed set into a banner or scroll format.

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