Calligraphy is a traditional form of Chinese art which has developed over many centuries in China. It’s believed that Calligraphy reflects a person’s personality and intellect. The word “Calligraphy” which is a Greek word means beautiful writing.
For writing Chinese calligraphy selecting the right tools is very important. You need a brush, paper, Ink stick and ink stone.
A writing brush is made of two parts – a nib made from animal hair and a shaft made from bamboo, porcelain or jade. Select the brush based on the size of the characters. A big and soft brush is used for writing large characters while a small and stiff brush is good for small characters.
It is solid ink made of soot and animal glue. You need to grind the ink stick consistently against an ink stone with some water to make liquid ink before applying it to paper. Ready-to-use liquid ink is also widely used in the modern world.
Calligraphy wouldn’t have been possible without paper which is another great invention of Chinese. Rice paper was very popular for writing Chinese calligraphy and Chinese painting. Use a coarse, absorbent paper for fine Calligraphy instead of glossy or finely textured paper which does not absorb ink readily. You can use the Chinese “grass” paper as rice paper is expensive.
An ink stone is a piece of stone. The stone should be fine and hard. Keep the ink stone steady when grinding the ink stick against the stone. After use, wash the stone to keep it in a good condition.
By using these tools you can produce an infinite number of beautiful styles and forms.
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