Brush

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Logic Behind The Magic – Brush Principles, Part I.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 31/01/2012 /

In this series of articles I will focus on the methods of using a calligraphy brush (筆法, ひっぽう, hippō, lit. “principles of the brush”), defining the basic

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When the Mind Soars, the Brush Dances: calligraphy research meetings

By Ponte Ryūrui / 14/01/2012 /

Those of us who choose the path of Sho (書, しょ, i.e. “to write”; here: “East Asian calligraphy”) study calligraphy all of their lives, not to become

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Little Great Calligraphy – Part I

By Ponte Ryūrui / 22/12/2011 /

Small calligraphy requires true mastery of the brush to be powerful, for the lines to come alive and heat up the aura with searing flames of passion through

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Searching for a Soul Mate – choosing a calligraphy brush. Part II

By Ponte Ryūrui / 14/12/2011 /

As with everything in life, one’s first impression is crucial. You will spend hours working together with a brush that you choose, so make sure you enjoy its

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Searching for a Soul Mate – choosing a calligraphy brush. Part I

By Ponte Ryūrui / 09/12/2011 /

A calligraphy brush is not simply a tool used for writing. It is a warp gate to freedom of mind, a storyteller of artist soul’s secrets, a mysterious

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How to understand Far Eastern Calligraphy? (Part Two)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 18/06/2011 /

What all the calligraphy styles and schools set in various cultural realities have in common? How do we “read” the calligraphy? How do we relate to that black maze of undecipherable lines, and how can we hear what the ink is whispering to

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Calligraphy Brush Handling

By Beyond Calligraphy / 05/03/2010 /

A new brush, with the exception of sabaki fude (さばき筆), has its hairs glued together in the form of a spike (so called katame fude, かため筆 – lit. “hardened brush”). Sabaki fude are sold with released hairs. To remove the glue layer, the brush needs to be rinsed under running water (tepid, but not hot!).…

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Calligraphy Brush Anatomy

By Beyond Calligraphy / 05/03/2010 /

There are two major brush making methods. One results in a type of brush we can commonly buy today, and the other so called in Japanese maki fude (巻き筆. lit. “wrapped brush”). The main difference is that the hairs of maki fude are strengthened with special hemp paper wrapping. Maki fude was popular in Japan…

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Choosing a Calligraphy Brush

By Beyond Calligraphy / 05/03/2010 /

In Japan, it is said that brush is to be chosen according to a rule of four virtues. These are: 尖 (sen) – The brush tip must be sharp and pointy. There should be no irregularities in symmetry or thickness of hair of the tuft tip. This is especially important for brushes used for writing…

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Calligraphy Brush Sizes

By Beyond Calligraphy / 05/03/2010 /

Calligraphy Brushes come in different sizes. The main categorization is numerical from 1 to 10. Brush of a sizing number 1 has a diameter of approximately 2.1cm at the base of the tuft (near the brush axis), while number 10 has 0.5cm, although depending on the producer those measurements may differ slightly. On top of…

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