Chinese Calligraphy Made Easy: A Structured Course in Creating Beautiful Brush Lettering

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Of more than 200 existing books on calligraphy, by far the most difficult are those on Chinese calligraphy. Chinese calligraphy and painting both utilize the same variety of strokes-in fact, in China, painting is considered another form of calligraphy. Most who study Chinese calligraphy begin with a long apprenticeship in mastering the universe of strokes before putting them together to make characters. Yue, who began learning Chinese brush painting at the age of ten and studied for many years with three renowned masters, intersperses solid methodology with a variety of increasingly advanced characters. It's a great way to get-and keep-the student motivated. In this outstanding volume, she covers materials and equipment, preparation of the brushes, basic techniques, brush strokes, and lessons on the five classic styles of Chinese calligraphy. With its clear method and easy decorative projects (e.g., greeting cards and ceramic pots), it's ideal for the serious beginner. Highly recommended. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823005567
  • Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 584,406
  • Product dimensions: 7.57 (w) x 9.67 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 8
1 Materials and Equipment 12
Brushes 14
Paper 18
Ink and Other Accessories 22
2 Preparation 24
Lesson 1 Preparing the Brushes 26
Lesson 2 Holding and Loading the Brush 28
3 Basic Techniques 30
Lesson 3 Wrist and Elbow Movements 32
Lesson 4 Pressing and Lifting the Brush 34
4 Basic Brushstrokes 36
Lesson 5 Horizontal Brushstrokes 38
Lesson 6 Vertical Brushstrokes 40
Lesson 7 Combining Horizontal and Vertical Brushstrokes 42
Sheet 1 More Chinese Words to Try 44
Project 1 Writing the Word for "Luck" 46
Lesson 8 Dots 48
Lesson 9 More Dots 50
Project 2 Making a Traditional Writing Book 52
Lesson 10 Hooks 56
Lesson 11 More Hooks 58
Sheet 2 More Chinese Words to Try 60
Project 3 Writing the Word for "Long Life" 62
Lesson 12 Press and Lift Upward 66
Lesson 13 Press and Lift Downward 68
Sheet 3 More Chinese Words to Try 70
Project 4 Writing the Words for "Happiness in Suffering" 72
Lesson 14 Diagonal Brushstroke to the Left 76
Lesson 15 Angled Diagonal Brushstroke to the Left 78
Project 5 Wishing Someone Success in a New Career 80
Lesson 16 Diagonal Brushstroke to the Right 82
Lesson 17 Horizontal Form of the Diagonal Brushstroke to the Right 84
Lesson 18 Round End Form of the Diagonal Brushstroke to the Right 86
Sheet 4 More Chinese Words to Try 88
Project 6 Wedding Wishes 90
Lesson 19 Using All the Brushstrokes to Write "Lasting" 92
Project 7 A "Lasting" Greeting Card 94
5 The Five Golden Rules 96
Lesson 20 Golden Rule 1: Start with the upper part of a word, then move downward 98
Lesson 21 Golden Rule 2: Start with the left part of a word, then move to the right 100
Lesson 22 Golden Rule 3: Horizontal brushstrokes precede vertical brushstrokes 102
Lesson 23 Golden Rule 4: Diagonal brushstrokes to the left precede diagonal strokes to the right 104
Lesson 24 Golden Rule 5: The box rule - finish everything inside the box before closing it 106
Lesson 25 Using the Golden Rules 108
6 The Five Styles of Chinese Calligraphy 112
The Different Scripts 114
Lesson 26 Chuan Shu 116
Lesson 27 Li Shu 118
Lesson 28 Tsao Shu 120
Lesson 29 Kai Shu 122
Lesson 30 Hsing Shu 124
Sheet 5 Useful Greetings 130
Mounting a Xuan Paper Artwork 132
Gallery 138
Glossary 152
Suppliers, Index, and Acknowledgments 156
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    Practice, practice, practice! The art of calligraphy became a p

    Practice, practice, practice!

    The art of calligraphy became a personal goal of mine two years ago, and in that time, I have learned enough to know that I have a long way to go. Oh, it’s a pleasure to develop the skill. I feel calm, centered, and engaged. Rebecca’s book is the best “how-to” guide that I have ever come across. It presents a generous sampling of characters and artistic styles, instructions including the Five Golden Rules for the order of strokes, and art projects to practice.

    If ever a friend asks what they should get if they cannot afford a teaching session, I recommend this book for its most user-friendly approach to instruction or Sacred Calligraphy of the East if they are also interested in the history of the art as well as instruction. The latter book also provides you the Chinese names of the characters, which is something you do not get in Chinese Calligraphy Made Easy.

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