Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Calligraphy Brushes from Asia

I had the opportunity to purchase some beautiful calligraphy brushes today from Tuesday Morning, Inc. I have done lots of calligraphy using pen and ink but never with a brush. Anxious to start experimenting. Thought you might be interested to read the information on the attached card: "The history of Chinese calligraphy "Shu Fa" is as long as that of China itself. It is often thought to be most revealing of one's personality and one of the highest forms of Chinese art. Hand made in Asia in the age old process of the antique brushes, each is unique. Handles are crafted from natural products including: jade, bamboo, cow bone, ceramic and coral. The bristles are also natural including sheep or goat hair. They are very absorbent and supple, and produce rounded forms and saturated fleshy brushstrokes. A beautiful collectable."

1 comment:

Debbie Bates said...

Hi Deanna- I am thinkingof Japanese "first Stroke" (Sumi-E ) paintings.. I came up with this in a google search: Japanese Ink Painting by Naomi Okamoto (http://books.google.com/books?id=QwajLqhDzCIC&pg=PA23&lpg=PA23&dq=first+stroke+painting&source=bl&ots=8puaVJ5irt&sig=UPkAFlGAiLCo9zEZoaBsuvpsszc&hl=en&ei=_WZ5StaoMZmEtgfujtCWCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2#v=onepage&q=first%20stroke%20painting&f=false )
The link previews a few pages with lots of info on brushes, etc... And this from Wise Geek: Sumi-e is sometimes confused with calligraphy, because the tools used are the same. Calligraphy is the graceful, artistic representation of written characters, using ink and brush, while sumi-e is painting a scene or object.

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