How to use “Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden”

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      If you wonder how to paint the Chinese way, you’ll probably encounter the name “Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden” which is like THE guide to help you paint in Chinese style.
      Only when looking into the copy its mostly drawing, contouring the objects than really paint (like painting a flower but with colour and full pressure of your brush).  How do you analyse/read this manual to have a productive result?

      Do any of you used it already and want to share some experiences? Thank you



    • #20522

      This classic book is published in Chinese (4 volumes) and in English, French… translations. Which one do you use ?

      The Chinese one contains much more illustrations than the one volume translations. In the Chinese edition, most of the pictures are xieyi hua. I use it and teach it for many years.

    • #20538

      we use the Chinese illustrated ones:

      inkston also publishes some tips from Mustard Seed Garden here:

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