Four Treasures Chinese Calligraphy Box Set for Beginners

top chinese calligraphy 1. Four Treasures box sets from Amazon, e-Bay or Taobao

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Hopefully these will make great Christmas gifts.

2. Preparing new brushes
Soaking new brushes – Obeying the Centered Tip Principle 中鋒 is required in all stages of using Chinese calligraphy brushes for beginners and experienced calligraphers as well.
中鋒 is one of the most important techniques of Chinese calligraphy.

NOTE: The brushes sold with box sets have different levels of qualities. It’s best to consult experienced calligraphers for reliable resources. Some box sets have brushes that might make beginners of Chinese calligraphy unable to understand some calligraphic principles and achieve good writing results.

3. Looking for models to copy
Google “Free Chinese calligraphy model” or search 楷書, 書法 and (or) 字帖 from and

4. Grinding ink
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5. Finding basic writing methods and principles
Dipping brushes with ground ink and basic writing techniques

6. Cleaning brushes & inkstones
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7. Brief view of Chinese seal chops
Chinese seals and their usages have special types of knowledge and sets of rules and taboos in Chinese culture, especially when they are applied in Chinese calligraphy and brush painting. It’s not necessary for beginners to know the rules involved as shown below.
篆刻 = seal carving; 用印 = using seals; 規則 = rules
篆刻用印規則 (Some related & unrelated articles in Google) (Some samples of using seals)

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9 Responses to “Four Treasures Chinese Calligraphy Box Set for Beginners”

  1. artvirtue says:

    @dragonriderrosa …
    @dragonriderrosa Welcome. Hope you can benefit more from the guidelines in the More Info.

  2. dragonriderrosa says:

    Thanks for the …
    Thanks for the video! ^^ My uncle gave me a box set similar tp this and I couldn’t make heads or tails of it and how to use it properly. I could’ve sworn it was Japanese calligraphy too. xD I’m such a noob. Can’t wait to use it. ^^ Thanks so much.

  3. Sanpitsu says:

    @artvirtue Thank …
    @artvirtue Thank you for the response. I think that what you wrote is a good start for anyone interested on this matter. I will look at the link you posted below. Regards.

  4. artvirtue says:

    @Sanpitsu Many …
    @Sanpitsu Many times beginners want to apply many seals on their calligraphy or CBP work but do not know that the basic types of Chinese seals such as Leading Seals used in the beginning, Corner Seals for connecting, Name Seals for siging, and Mood Seals for expression of poetry. Sometimes by stamping those seals together without considering the content of the calligraphy and CBP and the “related” meanings of each seal and other factors can cause contradictory and immature results.

  5. artvirtue says:

    @Sanpitsu These …
    @Sanpitsu These norms may be found by Google Refined Search of 落款用印規則. The “rules” are not absolute and may be different between different artists, but there are indeed some taboos we should avoid, such as dating and signing your name (followed by your name seal) above the recipient’s name or using irregular shapes (other than rectangle or square) of seal stones to carve your names… IMHO, I am not an expert and I don’t want to make any specific proclaims that might be incorrect or misleading.

  6. artvirtue says:

    @Sanpitsu Thank you …
    @Sanpitsu Thank you for suggestion. The norms of applying Chinese seals have few publications in Chinese texts, and they are rarely mentioned in non-Chinese texts. The scholars, literati, and connoisseurs follow these norms if the work is tradtional Chinese calligraphy and traditional Chinese brush painting. The norms can be complex and not quite the same between different people… this making them difficult to follow.

  7. artvirtue says:

    @cristobelle56 …
    @cristobelle56 Thank you.

  8. cristobelle56 says:

    Many thanks for …
    Many thanks for such a detailed video. This is good for beginners. All items in the box set are beautiful. I couldn’t make out what the brush holder was until I watched the video. Best,

  9. Sanpitsu says:

    I hope that you …
    I hope that you could make someday one or two videos explaining thoroughly about chinese seals applications. I think nobody have done one yet in english. Thank you for uploading this video.

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