Chinese Calligraphy Technique and Learning – Basic Brush Techniques

 

Brush Control: Executing Pressure by Pull and Press in Chinese Brush Painting

Clearly, knowing your Strokes and Stroke Order are important for visualizing how Characters are structured, and for smoothly executing them. Still, Calligraphy is more than just writing correctly. Much of the Calligrapher’s skill lies in precise and smooth control of the brush on the page, and an appreciation and experience of how the tip bends and moves.

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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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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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Types, Structure and Composition of Chinese and Japanese Brushes

 

Explanation of the Structure of a Chinese Brush

Tip, Spine and Reservoir : Most standard Chinese Brushes have a defined tip. Shorter hairs form the core, or spine, of this tip. Longer hairs are arrayed to come to a point where the spine ends. Between the spine and the outside, shorter and sometimes softer hairs are used to form a sort of reservoir into which ink will flow, welling up from the Ink Slab. The core and outside will usually be of the same fur type, while the reservoir hairs might be from a different animal. This reservoir is what allows the Brush to hold enough ink for more complex characters, or even for a series of characters without the need to recharge the Brush.

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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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