The Tie Zhai Weng is an ink stick made of oil soot, which is the soot produced from animal oil. This material provides the resulting ink with a warm and shiny black ink effect that is highly desired among artists. The stick is made in Anhui, a Chinese province famous for its production of calligraphy related products, but the stick also is great for both Sumi-e and Fineline painting.
Printed on the front of this stick is an elegant tree branch with plum blossoms. The plum blossom represents one of the Four Gentlemen in Chinese art and stands for a virtuous and noble and character.
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Traditional black Chinese Oil-Soot Sumi & Calligraphy Ink StickDimension: 1.2 in x 4.8 in x 0.5 in / 3.0 cm x 12.0 cm x 1.3 cm
Well before liquid ink began being used by Chinese artists in the mid-1800s, ink sticks were the only form of ink available. Dating back at least 2,000 years, these products are still used today not only because of tradition, but also because they give the artists more control over the ink produced.
Ink sticks are one of the four tools essential to all Chinese artists known as the Four Treasures of the Study. The other three products in this group are brushes, paper and ink slabs. To make ink, artists grind an ink stick onto an ink slab to produce a powder. Water is then added to the powder, and the artists control the thickness of the ink by how much water is added. This level of control is why many artists still choose to work with ink sticks today.
Throughout the rich history of ink sticks, they have become an art form unto themselves. One look at the ornate carvings on the sides of this stick and you will see why.
The Tie Zhai Weng is a great ink stick that will produce a beautiful ink for your next project, and it also makes a great gift!
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