Posts Tagged ‘Hanji’

Gold Pigment 金粉書法 Chinese Calligraphy on Cerulean & Red Xuan Paper

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

top chinese calligraphy Gold pigments used in this video
www.orientalartsupply.com/products/colors.cfm

Google search: 金粉書法 or gold pigment calligraphy

“Centered Tip Principle” for Chinese calligraphy writing

http://www.art-virtue.com/principles/p5-centertip.htm

Due to the tackiness and density of the gold pigment powder, I made a rare exception to the Center Tip Principle between 2:37 and 2:40. I overly pressed the brush’s bristle up to one half in consideration of the size of the brush and the ingredients of the gold powder. If the brush is pressed more than 1/2 or 2/3, the strokes will lose their vitalities.

Small “Li Fushou brush” used in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgMnBt2yfEg

Chinese calligraphy poems by Zhang Yu (partially adapted in this video)

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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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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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Mountain 山 in Chinese Calligraphy Styles

Monday, June 18th, 2012

top chinese calligraphy Evolution of Chinese calligraphy styles http://www.youtube.com/user/artvirtue?feature=mhum#g/c/9EBCD667B6B418BD

Different styles of Chinese calligraphy http://www.art-virtue.com/styles/

It’s not necessary for a Chinese calligraphy teacher / student and a Mandarin Chinese teacher/student to teach or learn various styles of Chinese calligraphy and 異體字 (variant Chinese characters) unless one is determined to master Chinese linguistics, calligraphy, sinology, seal carving, and/or etymology ( 文字學 ). Please understand that no one is able to memorize all those variant versions of Chinese characters in different calligraphy styles and this video only includes some portion of the different versions of a character and is not intended to confuse a beginner when learning Chinese. The different versions of characters and their brushstroke methods are usually good sources of learning Chinese history and calligraphy and their related subjects.

To search for a specific Chinese character, please use ” Free Chinese Calligraphy Dictionary from www.9610.com ”

山 mountain (Pinyin: shan1)
The styles included in this video are 大篆, 小篆, 隸書, 行草書, and 楷書 and are mostly arranged in chronological order.

Why do Chinese people call Chinese scripts “Chinese characters or Hanji” but not “Chinese symbols?” http://www.art-virtue.com/introduction/

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Inexpensive Chinese Calligraphy Four Treasure Combinations for Absolute Beginners (#1-b)

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

top chinese calligraphy These combinations for practicing Chinese calligraphy without buying DVD or expensive books and tools upfront are designed for absolute beginners to learn Chinese characters (hanji, kanji). I have been researching these resources in U.S. over the years and have recommended for friends and students as a starter kit combination.

Forbidden City: http://stores.ebay.com/Big-Teapot-Brush-Jade-Dress-eStore_4-Trs-Brush-Sets_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZ336676QQftidZ2QQtZkm
Robert Bo 薄先生
(972) 758-7238
Please call between 12-6 PM, Mon to Sat, Texas time
Near Coit & Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas
sale@oriental-crafts.com or
sale@chinatradesky.com
(Bamboo paper sold out in 2008 / available after 2009)
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Bamboo paper from bookstores in Dallas (Richardson) China Town, Texas
唯美書局 LaserTrek Books & Music (972) 235-8678
世界書局 Chinese Daily News Books (972) 690-0163
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Online shopping: http://www.art-virtue.com/links/index.htm#4

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Your Name in Free Chinese Calligraphy (eg. Robert 羅伯特)

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

top chinese calligraphy Step 1: http://www.chinese-tools.com/names Get a phonetic translation of your name

Step 2: http://www.9610.com/zidian/index.htm Free online Chinese calligraphy dictionary
First, click on [搜索] button at least twice

Step 3: Copy and paste each Chinese character to the online dictionarys search box

Step 4: Match the calligraphy styles as similar as possible

Step 5: Learn the stroke sequences and pronunciations (if available)
In China, when people practice calligraphy with ink and brush for art’s sake, we use traditional characters instead of simplified ones. http://www.art-virtue.com/styles/kai/index.htm#3

More videos added in
Playlist – Free Utilities & Resources of Chinese Calligraphy, Painting & Mandarin http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=4E70413ED95ED222

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Kai Shu Characters 淮孫景 in Chinese Calligraphy Wei Bei Style

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

top chinese calligraphy Free download of various Chinese calligraphy models of the Wei and Jin Dynasties: http://www.9610.com/weijin/1.htm

http://www.art-virtue.com/styles/kai/index.htm#5 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.

Sample characters in this video:
淮 the Huai River
孫 grandson
景 scene

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Free Chinese Calligraphy Dictionary from www.9610.com 免費線上書法字典

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

top chinese calligraphy Step 1: Online translator http://au.babelfish.yahoo.com/ or http://translate.google.com/#
Disclaimer: Not all software translators can translate Mandarin Chinese 100% correctly. The sentence structures are very different between English and Chinese.

Step 2: Visit http://www.9610.com/zidian/index.htm and click the “search” [搜索] button at least twice to activate the function.

Step 3: Copy & paste each Chinese character and search in the free calligraphy dictionary database. 9610.com keeps updating and adding more entries.
Warning: For your PC securities, please don’t click on “doubtful” ads in 9610 or some Chinese Websites. The functions of 9610 free dictionary are safe for PCs.

Step 4: Use http://neospeech.com or other voice speech software for pronunciation. Chinese characters in Pinyin are very misleading if one has not learned how to pronunciate based on the Pinyin system.

免費線上書法字典
If you find any errors or glitches, please post your comments in www.9610.com’s bulletin board at http://www.9610.com/b/f2.asp?id=199
Disclaimer: Overall, 9610 dictionary is very accurate. Minor or trivial erros or mismatches may still exist.

More videos added in Playlist – Free Utilities & Resources of Chinese Calligraphy, Painting & Mandarin http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=4E70413ED95ED222 These free online utilities will help us obtain the translation of Chinese terms, scans of Chinese calligraphy, stroke orders in Kai Shu, pronunciation, and high quality Chinese painting pictures.
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Multi-Purpose Chinese Calligraphy Brushes (Part 1)

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

top chinese calligraphy http://cgi.ebay.com/10-CHINESE-CALLIGRAPHY-WATER-COLOR-BRUSH-/390278627445?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5ade6b4075

These brushes made by Mr. Li Gang in China meet the criterion of good brushes – pointy, even, round, and resilient ( 尖齊圓健 ). These are the brushes I personally use for YouTube videos, teaching, and public events since 2007.

Mr. Robert Bo sold them at U.S. $1 each as of 2007-2008. The new imports (available in Janauary 2011) will be slightly higher in prices with more choices of products made by Li Gang.

The brush maker Mr. Li Gang ( 李剛 or 李刚 ) is a relative of the famous brush maker Zou Jielong ( 鄒節龍 or 邹节龙 ) whose reputation is highly esteemed in China. Their brushes share some similarities. (In China, many people have the same names as 李刚. So please don’t confused.)

I provide the info and writing videos as educational resources to acquire supplies and tools for Chinese calligraphy and painting.

Inquiry or direct order: Robert Bo (972) 758-7238 in Dallas, Texas and mention Li Gang’s brushes.

Due to Robert’s teapot business

http://shop.ebay.com/chineseteapotgallery/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686

calling is the most convenient and fastest way to reach him. Robert will not know how to answer very specific technical questions regarding brushes.
For technical questions about Chinese calligraphy brushes and other Four Treasures:

http://www.art-virtue.com/principles/index.htm

http://stores.ebay.com/Big-Teapot-Brush-Jade-Dress-eStore__W0QQ_fsubZ336676QQ_scZ1QQ_sopZ1

There are over 1,000 items not listed on Robert’s forbiddencity2008 e-Bay store. The best way to look for unlisted items, arrange international shipping, or purchase wholesale quantities is to call Robert between 12 – 8 PM, daily, Texas time.

Shopping for Four Treasures: http://www.art-virtue.com/links/index.htm#4

Joshua Hough’s Disclaimer:
1. I do not guarantee the quality of each individual brush (brushes are all hand made “individually” – no productions by machines), nor the price changes and availability. Many Chinese schools in the U.S. have ordered large quantities of these inexpensive and quality brushes, so I am not responding to any availability issues.
2. I do not sell any of those brushes from my inventory.
3. I do not take commissions in any form.

I provide the information in this video solely for practitioners of Chinese calligraphy and painting to compare the selection and shopping of the supplies and tools.

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Inexpensive Chinese Calligraphy Four Treasure Selections for Absolute Beginners (#1-a)

Monday, November 28th, 2011

top chinese calligraphy One of my favorite & inexpensive brushes:

Why do we not press the brush hair too hard according to the “1/3 rule (or recommendations)”? To obey the Centered Tip Principle of Chinese calligraphy

http://www.art-virtue.com/principles/p5-centertip.htm

Chinese calligraphy kit plus selected quality tools for fewest dollars recommended for beginners from technical requirements and perspectives (Part #1-b will cover basic tips for selecting good brushes…)

Forbidden City: http://stores.ebay.com/Big-Teapot-Brush-Jade-Dress-eStore_4-Trs-Brush-Sets_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZ336676QQftidZ2QQtZkm
Robert Bo 薄先生
(972) 758-7238 Best and fastest way to get response.
Please call between 12-6 PM, daily, Texas time (Robert goes to post offices around 3 & 5 PM once or twice a day.)
Near Coit & Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas

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Bamboo paper from bookstores in Dallas (Richardson) China Town, Texas
www.asiade.com (Please call their service number; they don’t list bamboo paper online)
唯美書局 LaserTrek Books & Music (972) 235-8678

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