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May’s Water Paper Calligraphy Book - Xing Shu, Mi Fu

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A Chinese Calligraphy Book for Mi Fu's Xing Shu Style. It is made of Water Paper for Endless Practice

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Calligraphist: Mi Fu

Style: Xing 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.

Called the Shu Su Tie, this note is said to be the most beautiful calligraphy note in Chinese history. It was written by Mi Fu (1051 A.D. – 1107 A.D.) in Xing Shu style in 1088 A.D. He was a great calligrapher and painter in the North Song Dynasty, and his great acheivements lie in Zhuan Shu, Li Shu, Xing Shu and Cao Shu scripts.

Shu Su Tie means a calligraphy note that is written on the best silk from Sichuan province. The story goes that a man named Shao Zizhong bought a piece of the finest silk and put it on a scroll to form the Shu Su Tie. His plan was to ask a famous calligraphist to write on it, but three generations passed and no one dared to write on it. Finally, when Lin Xi had been the owner of the Shu Su Tie for over 20 years, he asked Mi Fu to write on it. Being very brave and confident, he wrote eight poems on the silk that have now become a great treasure of Chinese culture.

illustration of a chinese character written by an ancient calligrapher Mi Fu in xingshu calligraphy style