I read in your article that ink can be recreated into different grades. I am a beginner and I always have problem using ink and paper. Could you share more tips with me on how to create different grades?
In painting, ink can be thick or light, the ancients used to classify five grades: charred, concentrated, heavy, light, clear (焦、浓、重、淡、清 – Jiāo, nóng, zhòng, dàn, qīng), these are the so called “five colours of ink” “墨分五彩”. From these five colours can be created the harmonious effects of light and shade, closeness and distance, volume and texture, transparency and colour. Painters rely on these “five colours” to express their style, artistic and spiritual interest.
Chinese Su Ink landscape painting tips with Wang Zirang