Inkston Initial Brush Set for Sumi E Beginners

£12.27 (GBP)

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This set is designed and made by Inkston Brush workshop specially for beginners of Chinese painting/ calligraphy. One set includes 4 brushes: Initial 1, Initial 2, Initial 3, and Initial 4. Each brush has different sizes and is made with different animal hair types.

One set of such brush can meet almost all the needs of beginners for both calligraphy and painting. It is a very good value and useful set.




Light & fast growing Bamboo is used as a construction material, as food, to make paper, to make stems for brushes, and as a traditional subject for painting.

“Wolf” brushes use hair from the Chinese “Yellow mouse wolf” 黄鼠狼 – a type of weasel.  Premium Dong Lang Hao “Winter Wolf” brushes use the extra thick hairs produced in the winter in the cold and snowy  North East China. The best weasel hair is fine and glistening, smooth and elastic and suitable for both large and small brushes.

Weasel hair is not as quite stiff as rabbit hair but stiffer than wool and combination brushes, so it is preferred for detail work and regular script calligraphy (楷书 Kaishu). Weasel hair has lower absorption rate than wool and the hair is strong & flexible. Therefore, it performs very well on painting dry and ‘bone’ effects and for example for painting tree trunks with dry ink such as su ink.  Wolf brushes are easier to control than Wool brushes and so are also recommended for beginners.

Wool brushes are made from soft absorbent Goat hair and can hold a lot of ink. Premium wool brushes are made from aged hair which has lost fat and become even more absorbent.  A good soft wool brush with a fat head holds a lot of ink, it is easy to use, durable and convenient for painting and calligraphy. It performs very well for painting flowers, leaves, water, animals, etc

Wool brush requires good control of wrist and strength. Therefore, it is more difficult than weasel hair brush for beginners to control.

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SKU ink-initials00-26226
UPC 601285838656

Shaft: natural bamboo, wood

Hair: weasel hair, wool, horse hair
Craftsman: Xu Shi Chun

Handmade Xuan brushes from traditional workshop in Anhui – see our Xuan brush article and our brush buyers guide.
Ideally use with Xuan Papers and Old Hu Kai Wen inksticks.

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1 review for Inkston Initial Brush Set for Sumi E Beginners

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    These brushes are the perfect fit to the brush hanger beautifully made and packaged worth the wail well pleased

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