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

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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, 33 pages, 10.4 in x 7.6 in / 26.0 cm x 19.0 cm, softcover

May’s Water Paper Book is a series of books that provide one of the best and most convienent ways to practice calligraphy. Each book in the series features a famous writing or poem from Chinese history, and allows you to copy the note exactly as it should be written.

And one of the most intriging parts of these books is that they allow you to practice on Magic Water Paper, which is actually made of a flannel material instead of paper. Using water instead of ink, when you write on the material, your marking disappears about two minutes after you make it. Not only does this save paper, making the books environmentally friendly, it provide endless practice for you! The books are great both for beginners learning calligraphy as well as more advanced artists who want to learn different scripts or refine their current skills.

Qin Li Bei was written by Yan Zhenqing (709 A.D. – 785 A.D.), whose calligraphy notes have become a great source of inspiration for young people in China – his style is very often imitated by current artists. Because of this, Qin Li Bei is one of the most popular calligraphy notes in China. It is written in Kai Shu script style.

Yan studied with both Cui Suiliang and Zhang Xu. He later developed all he had learned into his own unique style. Like this note, most of his achievements lie in the Kai Shu Style.

This book can be a great source of not only practice, but also inspiration for calligraphists just getting started in the artform, particularly when using multiple books in the series to study. Produced in inviting bright colors, the calligraphy in each book varies in size and script, giving the artist multiple options to practice to refine multiple calligraphy styles.

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