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Lulu’s Water Paper Book-Kai Shu, Yan Zhenqing

Article: LCA018
A Chinese Calligraphy Book for Yan Zhenqing's Kai Shu Style. It is made of Water Paper for Endless Practice

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Calligraphist: Yan Zhenqing

Style: Kai Shu

Edition Information: Chinese, 26 pages, 14.8 in x 10.4 in / 37.0 cm x 26.0 cm, softcover

Lulu’s Water Paper Book is a series of books designed to help beginners and advanced artists alike learn and practice calligraphy. Each book features an ancient and famous note in a specific style for you to imitate that will allow you to easily and quickly learn calligraphy. Best of all, every book in this series is made of Magic Water Paper, which uses water instead of ink. The marks you make on this material will disappear about two minutes after you have drawn on it. At that point, you can start over again – it is endless practice. Furthermore, this product has the added bonus of being environmentally friendly!

This note, called Duo Bao Ta Bei, was written by Yan Zhenqing (709 A.D. – 785 A.D.), a great calligraphist who is now often imitated by young people in China. His greatest acheivements were in the Kai Shu Style.

Yan studied with both Cui Suiliang and Zhang Xu, and he later combined all he had learned and developed his own unique style. Representative of this style is Duo Bao Ta Bei, which is in the Kai Shu style, as well. This note has become one of the most popular calligraphy notes in China.

While these books are geared toward beginners, more advanced artists can find a lot of useful practice in this series of books, as well. Whether you want to expand your calligraphy to include different script styles, or just continue to refine the scripts you already know, the Characters Speaking of the Ancient Language series can be just what you need. As the great calligraphists of ancient China would say, practice is the only way to get better. And this series ensures your calligraphy will become more and more exact.

illustration of a chinese character written by the great calligrapher yan zhenqing in kaishu calligraphy style