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Chinese Calligraphy

Same as ancient Chinese paintings, Chinese Calligraphy can be said as one of the most important cultural art forms of China. Its presentation format is an art that hinges on Chinese characters.

Overview about Chinese Calligraphy
Calligraphy, the writing of characters, is an art which has developed over many centuries in China. Chinese calligraphy has a long history dating back to 4000 years ago. No one can tell exactly when Chinese written language appeared but the oldest language discovered now is Jiaguwen.

Chinese Calligraphy introduces people to this ancient art through step-by-step instructions on writing Chinese characters. Each character is made up by a series of single brushstrokes.

In China, however, calligraphy is regarded as an art form in itself and is admired and displayed in museums just as paintings are. Today, Chinese Calligraphy has become one of the most favorite art forms of China, has increased its famous till around the world. Whether you know Chinese or not, learning Chinese calligraphy can be fun and inspiring.

Four Treasures of the Study
Four Treasures of the Study is four vital elements of Chinese Calligraphy. It is an expression used to refer the ink brush, ink stick, paper and ink stone used in Chinese calligraphy and painting. For over thousands of years, Brushes and ink are two of the legendary "Four Treasures of the Study" tools of Chinese calligraphers, painters and poets.

Brushes
Chinese brushes usually have bamboo handles but are sometimes made of other materials such as hard wood, ivory and porcelain. Brushes can be categorized by their size including large, medium and small; and also by the strength such as soft, medium and hard or stiff. For the beginner, a large-size brush is easier to handle.

Ink
Ink can be purchased in two forms, liquid ink or stick ink. Liquid ink is easier to use than the stick ink. By mixing ink with different amounts of water, the calligrapher or artist can create different densities and innumerable shades of black and gray.

Paper
Paper is usually made from parts of the rice plant, like rice straw or rice flour. The paper in the old days is very thin and light, it can adsorb ink easily.

Ink Stone
Ink Stone is an essential for ink grinding and writing, made from stone. Water is usually kept in a ceramic container and sprinkled on the ink stone, which has a generally flat surface, hold the liquid ink once it is made.