Guides and Advice Stories

Guides and advice about painting, calligraphy and selection of materials.

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…