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

Puzzle Pictures

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…

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…

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…

Chinese Colours

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.