Chinese Calligraphy Brush vs Watercolor Brush



How to Use a Chinese Calligraphy Brush

Steps

  1. Prepare a Chinese writing brush.
  2. Soak it in a cup of water.
  3. Take the brush out when it is soft.
  4. Hold the brush in your right or left hand.Holding the brush higher creates weaker, softer strokes while holding closer to the bristles create solid, more defined strokes.
  5. Use your ring finger, middle finger and thumb to hold the brush.
  6. Keep your elbow above the table.
  7. Dip the ink stick in water and grind against the ink stone until the ink has an oily consistency.See how to grind ink.
  8. Bottled ink:Pour ink into the ink stone.
  9. Begin writing characters, tilting the brush using the fingers, not the hands.Tilting the brush can add certain effects to the character that may or may not be desirable.
  10. Finished.

Community Q&A

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  • Question
    What is ink stick and how do you use it?
    MongooXe
    Community Answer
    It is hardened ink in the form of a brick/stick. You grind it against the ink stone and add water to create the the ink needed for painting, writing, etc.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Where can I find a brush?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can find a brush on eBay or Amazon. Just make sure it has a reasonable price and that the seller has at least 95.5% good reviews so you won't get scammed.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    What's the character for "China"?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    The symbol for China is 中国.
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  • Question
    Could I just use a brush that I already have?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes you can, but Chinese calligraphy brushes often have a very broad range of line variation. That quality makes them more useful for writing Chinese characters.
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  • Question
    Who wrote this article?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    The original author is unknown, but there are at least 17 co-authors who contributed.
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  • Question
    Is it considered a faux pas to write with the right hand? I'm terrible with my left.
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No. You can write with whichever hand you like. There is no difference.
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Warnings

  • 1. Before you use your brush, submerge the tip until the water level ALMOST touches the base of the hair. Do not let the base come into contact with water too much, as the glue holding the brush hairs together will dissolve and you get a "shedding" brush.
  • 5. NEVER play around with a dry brush. The hairs will be brittle and can break easily if you drag the tip on paper, causing "forked" tips which we don't want.
  • If you want your brush to last longer, here are some methods to protect it.
  • 3. When writing, only 1/3 of the tip should be immersed in ink. Any more, and you'll have trouble washing the brush after use.
  • Do not put brush in your mouth.
  • Wash your brush every time you use it.
  • 4. When cleaning the brush, make sure that ALL the ink is cleaned out. Chinese ink contains coagulants that damage the brush if left to dry while still wet with ink.
  • 2. Before you start writing, quickly submerge the tip in water and take it out as said above, and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes. This way, the hairs of the brush will not so easily break.
  • Do not press too hard or paper will tear.





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