Stories about chinese culture and history and the craftspeople keeping these alive today.
Slide the tiles to make the picture: click on the tiny pictures below to change the picture. You can also see and zoom the big…
Inkstone Buyers Guide
This is a guide to the types of stone and how to buy them, for general introduction and workshop pictures see Ink Stone, a work of…
Mounting Materials and Tools
This is a short guide to tools and materials for traditional wet mounting, to see the full process in action try this video from the…
Chinese Seal Paste
This article is about the special pastes used to apply Seal markings. Colours The color of high quality seal paste is bright, vivid, and long-lasting. The most…
Seals have long history in Chinese painting and calligraphy. Use of seals is also strictly regulated. For example, different types of seals should be different…
Jiang SiXu Tang 姜思序堂 (Jiang SiXu Workshop)
Jiang SiXu Tang 姜思序堂 (Jiang SiXu Workshop) is the most prestigious natural mineral colour workshop in China. This workshop has been providing the highest grade…
Qing Dynasty Fans
A fan can be both a beautiful artwork and a useful accessory for summer! These Qing Dynasty fans are from the Royal collection in the…
Inkston supplies colours in the form of: Colour chips from Jiang SiXu Tang Colour inksticks from Old Hu Kaiwen Ink Workshop Ready-mixed paints from Jiang SiXu…
十二月令图轴 12 Months in Paintings
This set of painting shows Chinese life in 12 months. These paintings show very clearly the architecture details, normal people's daily activities. There is no theme…
Song Paintings on Silk Fan
唐画如面，宋画如酒，元画以下，渐如酒之加水，时代愈后，加水愈多，近日之昼，已经有水无酒，不能醉人，薄而无味。--- 黄宾虹(1865-1955) Tang Dynasty paintings are flat, Song Dynasty paintings are wine, paintings from Yuan Dynasty and later are going downwards. As time goes by,…
Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden
Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden, 芥子園畫譜, is the very first collection of guides about Chinese painting and is still referred to today. It firstly shows people…
Xuan Paper Care, Storage and Mounting
How to look after your Xuan paper and options for mounting your finished painting or calligraphy.
Zhou Bo 周波 Ceramic Artist
Zhou Bo is a young ceramic artist residing in Jingdezhen. He is specializing in making fine ceramic pieces for Chinese study. His ceramics have a…
Yan Song Bin 严宋赟
Yan Song Bin 严宋赟 graduated from Jindezhen Ceramics University in 2009 and set up his own ceramic studio with his wife. The ceramic studio is…
Inkstick Recipes through History
China has over 2000 years history of using and making inksticks. The industry reached its heights in the Ming and Qing Dynasty when methods were most…
Inksticks Buyer’s Guide
Over 80 handmade Hui inksticks, special mixes for different painting effects, professional, historic & collectible designs from Old Hu Kai Wen in Anhui.
Wang Zirang 汪子让 Painting Gallery: Joy of Su Ink
Su ink Shanshui painting collection from Wang Zirang 汪子让 follower of Huang Binhong and leading Xin'An artist, well known for Su ink Shanhui paintings.
Waina 薇娜 Calligraphic wildlife painting gallery
Calligraphic Painting gallery from Waina 薇娜 celebrated wildlife artist and Fellow of the Linnean Society, now based in UK - see waina.com
Old Hu Kai Wen 胡开文 and Li Ting Gui 李廷珪 Inksticks
The story of the old Hu Kai Wen ink workshop and Li Ting Gui ancient inks still made today in old Huizhou in Anhui province.…
Chinese Art Dictionary
Here we are starting a little dictionary showing Simplified and Traditional Chinese characters (where different) Pinyin and English. Key words 畫 / 画 Huà painting…
Mounted and Decorative Xuan Papers
A range of Xuan papers mounted on card, gold, red white and other colours and designs, cut into square, circle or other traditional shapes and…
Brush Buyer Guide
Over 60 brushes including specialist and premium Red Star and a value range from Inkston, all quality handmade Xuan brushes from traditional workshop in Anhui. Special…
Xuan Paper Buyer Guide
This guide >40 different grades of Xuan papers in our shop. Perfect Xuan has the highest concentration of quality tree bark, which is the most…
Tang Yin 唐寅 Paintings
Painting gallery of Tang Yin, 唐寅 1470 - 1524, famous scholar, painter, calligrapher, and poet of the Ming Dynasty.
Jingdezhen 景德镇 town of ceramic dreams
Jingdezhen is not only the historic center for Chinese ceramics but also the modern home of today's young artists and artisans.
Lan Ying 蓝瑛 – Flowers, Birds, and Landscape Paintings
Painting Gallery for Lan Ying (蓝瑛), famous Ming Dynasty painter of Shanshui Landscapes and Flower/Bird paintings.
Wang Hui Landscape Paintings
Painting collection of Wang Hui, 王翚 1632 - 1717 one of the best Chinese landscape painters in Chinese art history.
Ancient Chinese Flower Paintings by Yun Shou Ping 惲壽平
Painting gallery of Yun Shou Ping [恽寿平] (1633-1690) famous for his paintings of flowers and animals.
Zhao Mengfu Paintings
Painting gallery for Zhao Mengfu, 赵孟頫 1254-1322, one of the most famous and important calligraphers and painters in Chinese art history.
Chinese Su Ink landscape painting tips with Wang Zirang
Wang Zirang a follower of Huang Binhong and leading Xin'An artist tells us about Chinese Su ink painting.
Qiang Embroidery Apron
According to legends of the Three Kingdoms period (AD 220–280), when fighting continued along the Qiang and Shu (蜀) borders, the Qiang women were brave and…
Song Dynasty Gongbi Painting and Sketches
A selection of Song dynasty Gongbi detail paintings with accompanying sketches to help do you paint as described in "How to Paint Gongbihua"
How to paint Gongbi style: Lotus Out of Water
A practical example of how to do a Gongbi style chinese detail painting using a famous lotus flower painting as an example.