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Stories about chinese culture and history and the craftspeople keeping these alive today.

Chinese Colours

Inkston supplies the finest traditional colours available from Jiang SiXu Tang and Old Hu Kai Wen: Colour chips from Jiang SiXu Tang Colour inksticks from…

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.…

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…

Chinese Ink – traditional handmade inksticks

Inkstick introduction Chinese ink is produced in stick form rather than liquid, so it lasts for generations without drying out.  To use the ink, the stick…

Feng ZiKai 丰子恺 and Cats

Feng Zikai (simplified Chinese: 丰子恺; traditional Chinese: 豐子愷; pinyin: Fēng Zǐkǎi) (November 9, 1898 – September 15, 1975) was an influential Chinese painter, pioneering manhua…

Puzzle Pictures

We're adding some fun and puzzles to a new react-native mobile app to promote the art. What would you like to see?

Retirement, 陈尹 Chen Yin

陈尹 Chen Yin, 清 early Qing Dynasty.   'Retirement' is a set of 12 fine Chinese brush paintings done by artist Chen Yin in early…

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…

Chinese Seals

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…