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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 ( http://www.hb.xinhuanet.com/art/2007-01/09/content_9000363.htm ). 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: http://www.art-virtue.com/principles/p7-paper-ink-stone.htm

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

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