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KAI SHU 楷書 sample characters in Chinese calligraphy: 聖善傳

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

top chinese calligraphy Chinese calligraphy in Kai Shu:

聖 holy
善 goodness
傳 transmit

Practicing Kai Shu calligraphy is a preliminary step before learning other styles of Chinese calligraphy and Chinese painting.

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How to Grind Ink Effectively for Practicing Chinese Calligraphy (part 1)

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

top chinese calligraphy Grinding an ink stick on the inkstone is an indispensable process to be good at Chinese calligraphy and painting. The famous Chinese calligrapher, painter, and connoisseur, Wu Fu-Fan ( 吴湖帆 ) always ground ink himself when doing masterpieces of calligraphy and painting. He would not let others to grind ink for him ( ). Many master Chinese calligraphers and painters declare that grinding ink on the inkstone is a good opportunity to learn the spirits of the brush strokes by controlling the densities of their ground ink which, in turn, will affect many technical and aesthetical issues and details of Chinese calligraphy and painting. One of the best way to enjoy practicing those arts is learn to how to grind ink on the inkstone first without wasting time and material since ink is considered the blood and spirit of the brush strokes.

Those who have not known to grind ink and practiced properly and effectively sometimes say “人磨墨, 墨磨人 (A man grinds ink stick, but the ink grinds “tortures 折磨” the man.)”

If we know many of the proper ways and tips to grind ink, we find practicing Chinese calligraphy and painting a lot of easier and enjoyable and faster progress may be obtained.

More hints:

磨墨機 / 磨墨机 (automatic grinding ink machine) may be found by Googling.

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Brush Techniques for Chinese Calligraphy Clerical Styles: Round vs Angular Brushstrokes

Friday, July 27th, 2012

top chinese calligraphy 書法三個基本要素: 用筆、結構和章法。用筆之法有”方”"圓”之分。The secrets of creating numerous Chinese calligraphy styles are mainly about brush techniques, structures of characters, and the layout of characters in a work. Brush techniques for Chinese calligraphy can be summarized as round brushstrokes, angular brushstrokes, a combination of both with different percentages, and etc.

The statements in this video are deductive; they cannot cover all the creativity, broadness, and aesthetics of Chinese calligraphy styles if viewed literally. While inductive reasoning argues from the particular to the general, deductive reasoning argues from the general to a specific instance. For example, the word “duration” in the annotations may help a practitioner to understand that the ink tonalities, writing speed, length of each strokes, the nuances between the percentages of round and angular brushstrokes are all related to time (duration).


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Chinese calligraphy lessons: 13. Paper

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

top chinese calligraphy I this lesson, I talk about paper.

The primary factor that influences writing is the writer. However, paper that is designed to be used in this context will make it easier.

Xuan (宣) paper is most popular, traditional, and prestigious. I recommend single-ply unsized or half sized xuan paper for both practice and presentation.

Tian Yunzhang’s paper comparison:

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Xuan City: Hometown of Chinese Calligraphy / Painting Four Treasures Part 1 (Brush making processes)

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

top chinese calligraphy The Xuan writing brush, together with the famous Xuan paper, is made in Jing County, Anhui Province. In ancient times, Jing County was under the jurisdiction of Xuanzhou Prefecture, where the product got its name.
Scholars of the Jin Dynasty (256-420) were especially fond of the Xuan brush. During the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, Xuanzhou became a writing brush manufacturing center, and the Xuan brush was listed as a tribute to emperors. At that time, folk artisans made a breakthrough in craftsmanship in selecting materials and polishing the shaft. Brushes were both sharp and neatly cut, and plump and smooth at the tip, enabling artists to write and paint freely. The Xuan brushes, made elaborately from brownish rabbit hair, are considered to be the best and come at a very high price.
Because of wars in the Song Dynasty, brush makers moved out of Xuan City toward the south as a consequence, Hu Zhou brushes also became very famous.

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Chinese calligraphy painting silk mounting & various supplies (lowest prices)

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

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Seals for Chinese calligraphy & painting (part 1)

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

top chinese calligraphy Samples of Chinese seal stones

A Chinese seal is both practical as a tool and enjoyable as an art, hence becoming a collectible for scholars and art lovers. These are some of my collections of seals. When choosing a Chinese custom seal for our calligraphy or painting, we prefer better stones carved by professional seal carvers, and the stones need to be in good boxes to prevent dropping or cracking.
Seals are a trusted tool used for the authentication of items of ownership. From government to personal use, seals can represent a persons power, and function as a symbol of authentication in dealings among people.

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Learn Chinese calligraphy stroke by stroke with English caption 6

Monday, July 9th, 2012

top chinese calligraphy Prof. Tian teaches Chinese calligraphy projects and classes for beginners

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Prof Chen Victoria’s Mother Writing Chinese Calligraphy Li Po’s Poem

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

top chinese calligraphy Prof Chen, victoria’s Mother, writing Li Po’s Poem “Down to Kiang-ling” in grass style or running script.

Medium: Antique colored Xuan rice paper, bamboo brush with combination of stiff and soft hair, Japanese sumi Ink, inkstone and tung-oil inkstick, wool felt pad and metal paperweight.

All supplies can be found at

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WEI BEI 魏碑 Chinese calligraphy (General Introduction – Part 1)

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

top chinese calligraphy 魏碑 (“Wei Bei”), a subset of Chinese calligraphy Kai Shu styles, is generally regarded as one of the best art forms for training the technical requirements of different Chinese calligraphy styles and Chinese painting genres. The great 張大千 (Zhang Da-Chian / Pinyin: Zhang Daqian) was renowned for his Wei Bei style calligraphy and often inscribed his Chinese paintings with his own calligraphy.

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