How to write using a Chinese brush.

The Chinese writing brush a traditional writing tool used in ancient Chinese art. The writing brush is that China wrote an implement most mainly in the ancient times; also have Chinese tradition color. To practice this art 4 basic tools are needed. These implements are writing brush, ink stick, paper, and ink slab.

Choosing the Paper

            In ancient traditional China, painting and calligraphy was done on silk or cloth. Partly due to development for the traditional calligraphy, rice paper is used. It is referred to as Xuan Zhi.

(Image of Xuan Zhi)
.  The rice paper usually consists of processed rice paper, which is used for neat writing, and the other is the plain rice paper mostly used for painting.

            Choosing the Ink

            Chinese calligraphy ink contains special ingredients that make it easy to dry as well as waterproof. Modern ink sticks are made with soot, animal glue, incense or medicines. Burning oils or wood produces the soot. Animal glue is normally made from egg whites, fish skin, or ox hides and is used to bind the ink into ink sticks.

To make usable ink, Chinese calligraphists grind the ink sticks against the ink stone the fine powder has water slowly added until the proper consistency is reached. The ink is then used immediately as it is not storable for very long.

(Images of an ink stone)

About the Brush

(Image of the Chinese Brush)            The image mainly consists of Bamboo or in some cases glass, Ivory, silver or even gold in some cases. While the head is usually made of feathers from fowl or from fur that comes from animals like dears, rabbits or wolves. In some cases, the brush was made from hair of newborn children.

How to hold the brush:

            This has a major role in Chinese painting. Each finger usually occupies its own place. The thumb should be pressed firmly onto the stick; the index finger should be shaped like a hook and embrace the stick; the inner side of the middle finger tip should hold onto the stick, while the outside tip of the fourth finger should touch the stick; and let the last finger should naturally fall into place.

(Image showing how to hold the brush)

The palm should make a hollow-like position that should have a huge circumference while the fourth and last finger should not touch the palm. One should move the brush using the wrist and elbow strength. The graph should be in a perpendicular position in respect to the paper. In writing Chinese calligraphy, a sitting or standing posture should be maintained Sitting is mostly applicable in writing small characters while standing is for the larger characters.

How to write Chinese Calligraphy

            The Chinese calligraphy occupies a major part of the Chinese history.

When writing, normally one starts from the left side and go on to the right side or from the top going down. Chinese calligraphy employs a different method that ensures the edges are full. An important Chinese calligraphy rule to remember is that a character should not be written in the same style.


            For one to achieve veteran status as far as Chinese calligraphy is concerned one needs to put enormous effort in practice in the art. Calligraphy requires focus, consistency, patience and dedication in order to see the worth of their results.

In conclusion, The Chinese calligraphy was not only a means of communication but also a mode of expressing oneself. It does not require talent in order to acquire this mastery but practice and dedication would most likely bring desired results.