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Four Treasures Chinese Calligraphy Box Set for Beginners

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Published on Dec 13, 2010

1. Four Treasures box sets from Amazon, e-Bay or Taobao
http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=...
More 文房四宝 from www.taobao.com
http://s.taobao.com/search?q=%CE%C4%B...
Hopefully these will make great Christmas gifts.


2. Preparing new brushes
Soaking new brushes - Obeying the Centered Tip Principle 中鋒 is required in all stages of using Chinese calligraphy brushes for beginners and experienced calligraphers as well.
中鋒 is one of the most important techniques of Chinese calligraphy.
http://www.art-virtue.com/principles/...
NOTE: The brushes sold with box sets have different levels of qualities. It's best to consult experienced calligraphers for reliable resources. Some box sets have brushes that might make beginners of Chinese calligraphy unable to understand some calligraphic principles and achieve good writing results.


3. Looking for models to copy
Google "Free Chinese calligraphy model" or search 楷書, 書法 and (or) 字帖 from www.bookseed.com and www.books.com.tw


4. Grinding ink
More video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFqfzK...


5. Finding basic writing methods and principles
Dipping brushes with ground ink and basic writing techniques http://www.art-virtue.com/tutorial/in...


6. Cleaning brushes & inkstones
Search in http://www.art-virtue.com/index.html#... or http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=a...


7. Brief view of Chinese seal chops
Chinese seals and their usages have special types of knowledge and sets of rules and taboos in Chinese culture, especially when they are applied in Chinese calligraphy and brush painting. It's not necessary for beginners to know the rules involved as shown below.
篆刻 = seal carving; 用印 = using seals; 規則 = rules
篆刻用印規則 (Some related & unrelated articles in Google) http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=...
http://igt.com.tw:3000/domain/show_ar... (Some samples of using seals)



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