Monday, June 4, 2012

Gifts from China

A few years ago, my dad visited China for work purposes. They also spent some time exploring the place, because it would be crazy to fly from Canada to China and not check it out, right?! Here's a few goodies he picked up for me while he was there!
Gifts from China
Classic packaging?
Gifts from China
An assortment of brushes. Various sizes, as you can see. And I assume different materials!
Gifts from China
Absolutely fascinating ink stones.
Gifts from China
They are ink stones, right? Pigment in the form of little stones? I'm sure I have shamed many people with my lack of knowledge. My apologies. 
Now, I understand what these ARE. I just have no idea how to use them properly, especially without butchering some incredible art form. Anyone have any ideas, tips, suggestions, etc, for me? Perhaps on how to use the ink stones, or how to mix them...Or do you recognize these brushes? The materials? Anything. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

7 comments:

Aisazia said...

Ohh pretty kit! I have a Calligraphy kit too but got it from World Market. XD lol You're right, you should be able to take the stones and grind it while adding water to vary the ink strength and saturation. I only have black and used it once because I suck at grinding and it needed more grinding than I thought. Yours are so pretty though! *o* As for the brushes the top one looks like animal hair and the bottom synthetic but I can't tell by the image. I would go to an art store and compare if you were curious enough. :D Hope that helped a little. I'm also by no means an expert. XD

mary jane ong said...

lol you are suppose to have an ink um stone?  i dunno what its called but basically you add water and then you rub the ink sticks in it.  That basically turns your ink sticks into the paint? or ink that you use to write/paint with...

Sharlene Hsiung said...

Hi, we call those pen "mao-bi" in chinese world. And by recognizing the words on them, I thing the white brushes are made with goat hair, and the brown one are made by horse hair.

And how to use those pen and ink stones, 
I found a youtube link in English, you can check this out! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TCXXm4X_OQ

GourmetPens said...

They are so pretty! I'm so hesitant to use them because I'll probably ruin them and they'll never look the same again lol

GourmetPens said...

YES! I have seen tiny adorable little bowls with little spoons for ink stones... perhaps this is a good excuse to get one. They are sooo cute!

GourmetPens said...

Oh! Thank you so much!! I tried googling for information but that didn't help at all because I had no idea what to look for lol. This video is awesome (and it's so soothing)!! Thank you for sharing it and for commenting :) :)

Shangching CH said...

You are so funny.  As Sharlene commented, the different colors of the brushes denote different materials.  White ones are softef than the brown ones.  Usually for beginners, the brown one would be ideal, since the material is tougher it will give you more control.  Before you use the brushpen, you will need to soak the brush part in warm water so you can get rid of the glue.  The trick is you should not get rid of all of the glue, otherwise, you will literally end up with with a painting brush.  The different size on the pens denotes different "nib" size.  Smaller brushes are for finer writing and bigger brushes are for larger size writing.  We will chat more on this ^^

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