Ink Play (moxi 墨戲), a phrase borrowed from an ancient seal, expresses the feeling of using brush and ink. These are my idle ramblings on Chinese-style calligraphy, painting, and seal carving. No master—I’m only a simple student—but hope by sharing we may all learn together. Confucius said, “There are those who know nothing, yet can create. I’m not one of those. Enquire widely, choose the best, and follow them.”

Ink Play
brushloops

Hang Up Your Brushes To Dry

Most Chinese brushes have a loop on one end so they can be hung up to dry. Put them in a brush pot only after they’ve dried completely by hanging with the tip down.

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studio

My Studio

I know it’s not much to look at; it’s only a small bit of tabletop, but you don’t need more for Chinese landscape painting if you work small.

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M

M

An English-language chop by Lu Kesi with a white “M” in a red circle. Of course, no resemblance to an extremely popular fast-food restaurant chain’s

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