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See also inkston gallery. Guides and stories about chinese culture and history and the craftspeople keeping these alive today.

Painting Guide for Gongbi Style

Since our first article How to Paint Gongbi Style: Lotus Out of Water, we have received quite a few queries on Gongbi painting. These queries…

Yellow Mountain, HuangShan

Inkston studio has moved to Yellow Mountain to be closer to all our workshops! Yellow Mountain or 黄山 Huangshan, is a famous cultural spot which…

Painting Silk

Silk and tea might be the two most well-known products when we talk about China. Besides using for clothing, silk has been playing an important…

Chinese Seal Stones

For people who would like to carve their own seals, know how to choose a proper seal stone is a necessary skill. In this article,…

Four Gentlemen: Bamboo – painting techniques from Mustard Seed Garden – 兰竹梅菊 : 竹 zhú

Part of a series of articles on painting techniques from 'Mustard Seed Garden' manual and encyclopedia of chinese painting. Cover Picture Cover pictures by master…

Insects – painting techniques from Mustard Seed Garden

Part of a series of articles on painting techniques from 'Mustard Seed Garden' manual and encyclopedia of chinese painting. Cover Picture Here's an example of…

Flower Stems – painting techniques from Mustard Seed Garden

Part of a series of articles on painting techniques from 'Mustard Seed Garden' manual and encyclopedia of chinese painting. Cover Picture Cover picture is by…

Flower Leaves – painting techniques from Mustard Seed Garden

Part of a series of articles on painting techniques from 'Mustard Seed Garden' manual and encyclopedia of chinese painting. Inkston Summary A complete flower painting…

Flower Petals – Mustard Seed Garden

Part of a series of articles on painting techniques from 'Mustard Seed Garden' manual and encyclopedia of chinese painting. Cover Picture Here's an example of…

ShuNan Bamboo Sea 蜀南竹海, Bamboo Life

ShuNan 蜀南 means "Shu South" the southern part of the ancient Shu kingdom (now Sichuan province). ShuNan Bamboo Sea (蜀南竹海) is probably the largest bamboo…

Li Zhuang 李庄, historic Sichuan village

LiZhuang 李庄 is an ancient village with over 1000 years of history and the birthplace of Yan from Inkston. LiZhuang played an extremely important role…

Chinese Painting/ Sumi E Colour Mixing Chart

In this article we have listed some popular formulas to create new colours. The colour on the right end of each colour row is the…