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Monthly Archives: March 2018

  • How to present your Artworks

    Good presentation makes a big difference to your artwork, especially when it comes to exhibiting them.

    However strange it may seem, you don’t need to be a professional framer in order to give a ‘professional’ touch to your art – and it can be done by some simple tricks!

    Mounting

    Mounting your artworks doesn't only make them look 'professional' and exhibition ready, but helps protecting them as well!  There are two main ways to do it, depending on the type of art you have.

    Floating mount

    Good way to present your works that are either not in the middle of the paper, or where the edges have an importance / look good with the artwork.

    Floating mount has a telling name: the work attached to the mount board will be slightly 'floating' off. To achieve this effect, you attach the work with adhesive tapes in a T shape:

    Window mount

    The other popular type is the window mount, where the artwork is surrounded by a frame of mount board. The perfect choice for displaying prints and photos.

     

    Find what you need on our website:

    References:

    • https://www.diplomaframe.com/chc-blog/tips-for-float-mounting-artwork/
    • http://www.grignonsart.com/instructions/howtomountart.html
    • https://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/conservation/matting/matting-hinging-project.html
    • http://www.sheffield-photographer.org.uk/downloads/HOW%20%20TO%20%20WINDOW.pdf
    • http://www.fineart.co.uk/buying/Framing_Info_Advice.aspx
    • https://www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/how-to/framing-varnish/215/ten-framing-tips-from-eframes-jayne-lowther
    • http://www.widewalls.ch/collectors-tip-how-to-frame-an-artwork-readymade-or-diy/page-2-try-it-out/
  • The Art of Chinese Calligraphy Painting

    Chinese Calligraphy Painting

    Calligraphy is the art of writing Chinese characters and especially refers to the rules of writing with a brush. The art originated in China around 4,000 - 5,000 years ago and spread to other parts of the Orient with Chinese culture

    Calligraphy and painting are regarded as two treasures in China. Together with Qin, the ancient Zheng, and Qi, the chess, they formed the four skills for a learned and elegant scholar to pursue in ancient times. They were also held as a good exercise to cultivate one's temperament.

    Chinese Culture

    Chinese culture is full of symbols and signs of good luck, and objects that stand to prove that culture and art  play a very important role in the country’s future. Traditional handicrafts often represent a nation’s beauty, and the Chinese are set in this belief.

    Materials for Calligraphy Painting

    Chinese history is known for its highly stylised form of writing, developed and shaped by calligraphers throughout the country. Even today, the four treasures of study – ink stick, ink slab, writing brush and paper – are tools that calligraphers are seldom found without.

    Chinese ink sold in solid stick form is lavishly decorated. The ink is made from pinewood soot mixed with gum resin. Ink stones are hard, flat and dabbed with water for use.

    Strokes

    There are seven standard strokes, called the Seven Mysteries. They consist of the horizontal line, the dot, the sweeping downward stroke, the sharp curve and two forms of the downward stroke: one with a hook and one in a 45-degree angle.

    There are five major styles of Chinese calligraphy: Zuan, Li, Tsao, Hsin and Kai. With all, the palm may not touch the brush, which is held vertically to the paper.

    Chinese Calligraphy in Different Styles


      

    Chinese Characters

    If you’re interested in learning Character strokes, you can check out  the written Chinese dictionary that has stroke animations for 1000s of characters.

    Just like working on anything else, practising calligraphy requires unremitting efforts. If you’re interested in it, you may start practising with a professional Chinese calligraphy teacher.

     

    References:

    Billeter, Jean François. The Chinese Art of Writing. New York: Skira/Rizzoli, 1990.

    Harrist, Robert, and Wen Fong. The Embodied Image: Chinese Calligraphy from the John B. Elliott Collection. Princeton: Art Museum, Princeton University in association with Harry N. Abrams, 1999.

    Kraus, Richard Curt. Brushes with Power: Modern Politics and the Chinese Art of Calligraphy. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991.

    Sullivan, Michael. The Three Perfections: Chinese Painting, Poetry, and Calligraphy. Rev. ed. New York: George Braziller, 1999.

    Yee, Chiang. Chinese Calligraphy: An Introduction to Its Aesthetics and Technique. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1973.

    Links:

    https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/chcl/hd_chcl.htm

    https://asiasociety.org/education/chinese-calligraphy. 2018.

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/art/2016-12/29/content_27802189.htm

    http://www.chinaonlinemuseum.com/calligraphy.php

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