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By Wendan Li

Compatible for school and highschool scholars and people studying all alone, this absolutely illustrated coursebook presents finished guide within the historical past and functional thoughts of chinese language calligraphy. No earlier wisdom of the language is needed to keep on with the textual content or whole the lessons.

The paintings covers 3 significant parts: 1) descriptions of chinese language characters and their elements, together with stroke forms, format styles, and symptoms of sound and which means; 2) uncomplicated brush recommendations; and three) the social, cultural, old, and philosophical underpinnings of chinese language calligraphy—all of that are the most important to realizing and appreciating this artwork form.

Students perform brush writing as they growth from tracing to copying to free-hand writing. version characters are marked to point which means and stroke order, and famous version words are proven in a number of script forms, permitting scholars to perform diversified calligraphic kinds. newcomers will locate the author’s recommendation on the way to steer clear of universal pitfalls in writing brush strokes invaluable.

Chinese Writing and Calligraphy may be welcomed through either scholars and teachers short of an available textual content on studying the basics of the paintings of writing chinese language characters.

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You will rarely write with more than one-third of the brush at the tip. 8. Finger positions. 34 w r i t i n g i n s t ru m e n t s a n d t r a i n i n g p ro c e du r e s the bristles act as an ink reservoir so that you can finish several strokes before recharging your brush with ink. To deposit ink into this reservoir, the brush should be fully saturated. Saturation also stabilizes the spine of the brush and holds the hair together. If only the tip of your brush is dipped into ink, the bristles will become dry and split too soon.

After writing a couple of strokes, if the bristles are bent and/or split, you should straighten them out on your ink stone. This is also an opportunity to recharge your brush with more ink. 36 w r i t i n g i n s t ru m e n t s a n d t r a i n i n g p ro c e du r e s Pressure Pressure is the amount of force employed to press the brush down on the paper. The harder you press, the wider the line. Because calligraphy brushes are so flexible, pressure control is the most important and yet difficult skill to master.

4. Examples of the dot in characters. 5. Variations of the dot. when two dots are written as a pair, one on the left, the other on the right. The one on the left is always finished with a leftward movement and a pointed ending; the one on the right is slightly longer than a normal dot. They are like two legs on which the character stands and, therefore, should finish on an imagined horizontal line. The characters in (4) have three dots arranged vertically, always on the left side. In fact, the three dots form a semantic component meaning “water,” as will be discussed in Chapter 6.

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