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Chinese Writing and Calligraphy by Wendan Li

By Wendan Li

Compatible for faculty and highschool scholars and people studying on their lonesome, this absolutely illustrated coursebook presents finished guideline within the background and useful concepts of chinese language calligraphy. No prior wisdom of the language is needed to stick with the textual content or entire the lessons.

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

Students perform brush writing as they growth from tracing to copying to free-hand writing. version characters are marked to point that means and stroke order, and recognized version words are proven in numerous script kinds, permitting scholars to perform diversified calligraphic kinds. rookies will locate the author’s recommendation on find out how to stay away from universal pitfalls in writing brush strokes invaluable.

Chinese Writing and Calligraphy might be welcomed via either scholars and teachers short of an obtainable textual content on studying the basics of the artwork of writing chinese language characters.

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Variations of the horizontal line. 9. The vertical line. 10. Examples of the vertical line in characters. Tracing After practicing these three individual strokes, you can write some simple characters­ beginning with outline tracing using the eight-cell grid (see pages 203–204 in Appendix­1). When tracing, try your best to cover the strokes exactly as they are written in the model characters, no more and no less. Although the outline of the characters is provided, you should always be aware of where the center of each character is.

4. Practice the stroke types and their variations on pp. 200–202 in Appendix 1. Write on normal paper first to get a feel for the brush and the ink. When you do it on absorbent paper, you will notice the difference and the need to adjust the amount of ink in your brush. Remember, when you do outline tracing, fill the stroke outlines exactly as they are, no more and no less. Pay attention to producing the right shape of strokes by applying the right techniques. Follow the numbered procedure, and do not skip any step.

1100 BCE), which had been applied as guides on the shell and bone pieces before the characters were carved. 1 Today the best brushes are thought to be “Hu brushes” 湖筆 Hú bıˇ, made in Huzhou of Zhejiang Province, owing to their long manufacturing history since the Jin dynasty (265– 420) and the high-quality goat hair in the area. The tuft of a new brush is always glued together to prevent damage during shipping. Before using a new brush, soak the tuft in lukewarm water for twenty to thirty minutes; then rinse out the glue and gently loosen the bristles.

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