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文房四宝 Four Treasures of Study

05-24-2010 15:59 BJT

Now let’s talk about the things, or the tools we are gonna use to paint Chinese painting.

In Chinese we called those tools as “Wen Fang Si Bao”, literally means the four treasures in your study.

These are the brush, we call it “Bi”.

And this is ink.

And this is of course papers, you can see that.

And this piece of stone we call it ink stone or ink slap.

The thing is that, this is called “Bi” in Chinese. But of course I see that in English it’s called brush.

In western painting, you use a kind of a flat brush, but in Chinese painting or Chinese calligraphy,we use a round one.

And in Chinese we call it “Bi”, which sounds very much like or exactly the same as we would call it pen in English.

So this is the traditional Chinese pen.

And also holding this kind of pen, just like that.

“墨” 就是墨水,在英语里它是液体的。
And “Mo”, the ink,I know the ink in English is something liquid.

But in Chinese, painting a Chinese calligraphy, ink is a piece of something like a rock, it’s a stick, it’s an ink stick.

And the ink has to be used together with this piece of stone.

This ink stone, or ink slap.

And we pour some water into it, and we rub the ink stick, and then we can get the liquid ink we are gonna use in painting and writing.

And then can use the brush and dig it into the ink and you get everything ready.

And then we need to have paper.

This kind of paper we call it “Xuan Zhi” in Chinese.

It’s very very strong but soft.

And they can absorb liquid of water or ink very quickly.

It’s very easy for the artist to use ink to have some special effect they want on this kind of paper.

Well, these are the things we are gonna use when we do Chinese traditional painting.

the four treasure of the study

writing brush


Editor:Shi Taoyang |Source:

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