Ink

how-sumi-ink-sticks-are-created-in-japan-11

Find Out How Sumi (Ink Sticks) Are Created in Japan.

By Rona Conti / 18/11/2015 /

Nara, the ancient capital of Japan, seems worlds away from Tokyo and even Kyoto, especially in the bleak winter January month I chose to visit. In truth, I had been there several times, but this trip was to be a calligraphy supply buying trip in advance of my return to Boston. There is no hustle…

Read More
figure 11 feeling the echo of ink an interview master yamada 300x1481 300x148 - Feeling the Echo of Ink: An interview with Master Yamada.

Feeling the Echo of Ink: An interview with Master Yamada.

By Rona Conti / 12/09/2012 /

Master Yamada is the organizer of “Calligraphy Friends From All Over Japan” and a member of the judging panel of the Mainichi Shodo Exhibition, one of the largest

Read More
Dragon Calligraphy 300x2561 300x256 - Calligraphy works: 龍 (りゅう, ryū), i.e.”dragon”

Calligraphy works: 龍 (りゅう, ryū), i.e.”dragon”

By Ponte Ryūrui / 26/07/2012 /

龍 (りゅう, ryū), i.e.”dragon”. The treasures used were a soft mountain goat brush (羊毛筆) with a long and thin bristle accompanied by thick but dry ink, which

Read More
figure 1 symphony of ink PII 218x300 218x300 - Symphony of Ink, Part II

Symphony of Ink, Part II

By Ponte Ryūrui / 25/06/2012 /

The work itself is mesmerizing, a brilliant ink application. The dry strokes, so called “kasure” (掠れ, かすれ) in Japanese, ought to add dynamism yet sometimes

Read More
figure 1 filtered symphony of ink p1 300x205 300x205 - Symphony of Ink, Part I

Symphony of Ink, Part I

By Ponte Ryūrui / 23/04/2012 /

Calligraphy, like music is based upon harmony. It takes a Master Calligrapher to compose a symphony of ink, a masterpiece as brilliant as nature itself, one

Read More
Skyrim photo 300x181 - Skyrim in Calligraphy – The Legend of The Dragonborn in Ink and Paper.

Skyrim in Calligraphy – The Legend of The Dragonborn in Ink and Paper.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 17/04/2012 /

While playing, I realised how closely Skyrim is related to calligraphy. It is a world of its own defined by Yin (陰, yīn) and Yang (陽, yang). The way in which

Read More
figure 1 magnificent ink giants 300x205 300x205 - Magnificent Ink Giants

Magnificent Ink Giants

By Ponte Ryūrui / 21/02/2012 /

To give you some comparisons, it takes me approximately 12-15 hours to prepare 0.5 litres of ink, and I use an ink grinding machine that is capable of

Read More
figure 3 new life enchanted ink traces 300x122 300x122 - New Life Enchanted Ink Traces.

New Life Enchanted Ink Traces.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 28/01/2012 /

There is, however, one instance when the magic of ink embraces our days, and we slow down and take a few moments for quiet appreciation.

Read More
figure 1 what to do with ink leftovers 577x1024 169x300 - What to do with ink leftovers?

What to do with ink leftovers?

By Ponte Ryūrui / 28/09/2011 /

One of the ingredients of calligraphy ink itself is animal-bone-extract based glue. The same glue is used for gluing ink pieces together. To accomplish this

Read More
Figure_5_chinese_bao_nu_tie_wang_xizhi

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

Read More