New Products and Techniques
We have some beautiful new Chinese brush painting sets now available to buy in store or online. They would make great presents for someone looking for a new hobby, and we’ve put together a brief guide to Chinese brush painting, in case you needed some more information.
An Ancient Chinese Painting Technique
The technique of Chinese brush painting has existed since about 4000 B.C. Traditionally the style involves everything from Buddhist religious paintings to landscape and figure painting. There are various different styles involved in the traditional technique such as “blue and green landscapes” which use bright blue, green and red pigments and “ink-and-wash landscapes” which use vivid brushstrokes and different concentration of ink to create images. Particularly well known are the flower and bird paintings which broke off from more general decorative styles to form their own genre. The subject matter of this style usually involves flowers (such as plum and cherry blossoms, orchids, bamboo), koi fish or trees (cypress and pines).
Materials and Methods Of Chinese Ink Painting
The distinctive Chinese painting style is closely linked to the particularity of the materials used. Most importantly is the Chinese Brush. This is similar to a western watercolour brush but it thins to a much finer tip which allows for a wide variation of line. The specific method of brushstrokes is particularly important to creating the style. It is hard to explain in words how this works, especially as it is so centred on movement. Here are two links to videos which show the vital energy of the Chinese brushstroke technique. You can find a wealth of other videos on youtube which will help you to understand the various techniques. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m4yJ9FrAsM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF3EbR8y8go
The ink used for Chinese painting is usually ground down from an ink cake or stone (you can use other inks but the powdered nature of the Chinese inks mean that you can create different densities of ink which you cannot get in quite the same way with a liquid ink.) Chinese painting is generally done on Chinese Paper or Silk. Chinese Paper has been made with different materials throughout history including pulp, old fishing nets and tree bark. Modern paper is usually machine made and is sometimes called rice paper in English. The paper is similar to watercolour paper in that it varies in weight, absorbency and surface texture. If you fancy giving Chinese Brush Painting a try, why not check out our related products.