Joshua Hough's Chinese Painting, Sumi-e & Calligraphy Classes in Dallas, Texas

 

More new pictures in "Students of Calligrapainting 書畫教學" Album.

Updated: 09/29/2014

Introduction

Tuitions, Schedules & Locations for Regular Classes

Purchase Supplies

Newsletters

Group Classes or Demo

Pictures

Email: ArtsAndVirtue@MSN.com        

 


Introduction

Thank you for visiting my Webpage. It has been my dearest wish to promote Chinese Calligraphy (Shufa) and Chinese Brush Painting (CBP) and to share the artistic beauty and joy. The key in learning Chinese calligraphy and CBP is mostly the attitude, guidance, and methodologies. One's age, talent, expensive tools, language experiences, cultural or art background are not decisive factors. One of my teachers actually started calligraphy after age 30. One of the most renowned Yuan painters, Huang Gongwang, started to paint at age 59!

Except for the first two classes, students are required to bring their brushes, paper, ink, and ink stones. New comers may borrow the instructor's tools for the first two classes. Materials such as copying and tracing samples and handouts will be provided based on individual student's progress. 

 

Handouts and samples are organized for each student in an art portfolio.

 

 


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For students who do not know enough Mandarin, basic instructions (stroke sequences, pronunciation in Pinyin or Zhuyin, and basic meanings) of each Chinese character will be provided. Our classes do not provide Mandarin conversations and writing sentences in Chinese, except for poems or literatures used in calligraphy and CBP inscriptions. The goals of our classes are to share effective and efficient ways to write Chinese calligraphy beautifully and/or to paint CBP joyfully and artistically, and to share the longevity benefits of practicing Chinese calligraphy.

 


What Will Be Taught for Most Beginners?

After playing, please double click the video to view in full screen.

 

Chinese Calligraphy Chinese Brush Painting & Sumi-e
Kaishu & Basics as introduced in the playlist

 


 

Definition & Approaches of Sumi-e:

www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/572102/suiboku-ga

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sumi-e

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumi-e 

 



Bamboos as featured in sf108

Chinese calligraphy brush techniques on CBP

General Appreciation of CBP

 

Basic Strokes & Sequences for commonly used Chinese characters

楷書筆劃順序 

 

Various subjects from 

Mustard Seed Garden Painting Manual

Many famous CBP masters have devoted their time learning from this Manual. The English version sold on Amazon only contains part of the Manual from  芥子園畫傳. Personally I have collected about 5 different versions, complete and incomplete. It's said that if one spends enough time studying this eternal Manual, one can paint anything and any objects of CBP.

Lishu 隸書

 

Landscape & Figures

Sumi-e (water and ink paintings, or with light colors)

Other Asian Brush Painting Topics

MORE DETAILS & SAMPLES WILL BE ADDED. 

 

 

 

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Tuitions, Schedules, and Locations

 New comers may borrow the instructor's brushes and tools for up to two classes and are not required to buy or own their tools for the first two classes. 

  But it's required for new comers to browse Purchase List of Supplies before coming to the first class in order to know what the tools and supplies are.  

 


Dallas Chinese Community Center (DCCC)

達拉斯華人活動中心

400 N Greenville Ave #12
Richardson , Texas 75081
For inquiries, please call Joshua directly at
.

Basically, we meet every other Saturday 3-5 PM in DCCC's classroom No. 2( A班, Class A )

 As a first-time student, please contact me before your first class so I can prepare learning materials for you.

 

As of 09/29/2014 , the schedules will be those circled in orange color, and I will update the following weeks as we continue. 

You will be notified if there is a change via e-mail or text messages. You are welcome to call, text, or email me.

#ClassDates

The dates may be subject to change. Be sure to check back here if you have not received an email notification for a while.

              

An e-mail notification is sent on every other Thursday night for each Saturday class. You don't need to reply. 

If you are not coming, you may let me know so I can allocate and reserve the learning materials beforehand for your next class.

 


New Teaching Approaches & Tuitions (2014)

There will be common and different topics for each group. 
Currently, the calligraphy and painting groups are practicing in the same class at the same time.

 


Chinese Calligraphy

$15 per class x 12 classes = $180 

with a free book


Chinese Brush Painting & Sumi-e

$15 per class x 12 classes = $180

with a free book

 

 

 

 

For the first few minutes of each class, I may start a common topic related to both calligraphy & CBP, such as sharing a mounted wall scroll, showing a beautiful inkstone and discussing the grinding ink process, discussing over one or two art books, (depending on individual's progress) introducing some brush theories related to moving our brushtips and hands, and some other general  and specific topics. These related topics may give you some inspiration for your practice of the day. You don't need to worry whether you are first-time comers, novice or absolute beginners. The topics, like sharing stories, will be fun, inspiring, and insightful.

Handouts of sample sheets for copying or tracing; observing and correcting hand movements and postures.

Handouts of new topics & samples

Demonstration of today's painting subjects

Discussing and exploring the characteristics of the models or styles you are practicing.

Students practicing on their own copying, drawing, painting, or colorizations; observing, correcting, or suggesting better hand and arm movements that may improve brushstrokes and the whole painting.

 

 


For First-Time Students Only
Join any time when seats are available.

New comers may borrow the instructor's brushes and tools during the first two classes.

If you are coming for the first time, it's better that you email or call me first. So I can arrange space and prepare learning materials more efficiently for everyone. 

 

 

 


Class Policy


In case there is a thunder storm, snow or a severe weather situation, the class will most likely be rescheduled (if more students are coming from Irving and Arlington.) The class may not be rescheduled if students from Richardson and Plano are coming. You will be notified by email, phone, or text messages at least two hours in advance. Your safely is the number one priority.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Purchase Supplies for Chinese Calligraphy & Chinese Brush Painting  - 購買文房四寶及畫具 - 項目、商店、大約費用詳細列表  Updated: 09/29/2014

Choosing appropriate brushes is very critical for a beginner. To avoid the risk of buying a bad brush, I may choose some for you from the following vendors or bring some for sale in class. (If you own so-called bad brushes, keep them because they can be used for many other purposes.)

Watercolor brushes and Indian ink will not be suitable for practicing Chinese calligraphy and painting. You have to use authentic Chinese CalligraPainting tools and supplies. When you see supplies from non-Chinese stores, do not be misled by the labels that say "Oriental", "Authentic Chinese", and "Traditional Chinese", because most native Chinese know that some of those products are not authentic.

It's not required to have exactly the same tools and supplies as listed below. But if you are willing to bring to class your tools and supplies similar to (or the same as) those listed below, it's more efficient to share more instructions as related to timing, space, measuring width and length, and other art techniques. So your progress will be very effective in a short time with the most efficient use of your money. I am happy to share with you the unique functions of each tool and material as related to brush techniques in different levels. I have compiled two charts for calligraphy and painting supplies based on the ideas of money saving, optimization, strategic planning, operation research, and my experiences in Chinese brush arts of over 35 years. ( 以下文房四寶及畫具列表,本著替您省錢、省時、提高學習效率、及利己利人的方針所設計。 )

Don't worry. Just relax and follow instructions and simply treat the following charts as your shopping list. (To save time for more instructions in class, some information presented here may not be repeated again in class. But I will explain to you in details in class why some aspects of certain items are preferred for the sake of art techniques and why oftentimes those "little things" such as paper weights, brush rests, napkins, and pencils are neglected.

目前由於達拉斯地區書畫風氣特盛 Because of the increasing popularity of Chinese calligraphy and painting in Dallas area,

中國城內書局有些書畫用品售空 certain CalligraPainting items, such as appropriate sizes of inkstones, in Chinese stores in Dallas are sold out.

本書畫班內即將陸續在課堂上提供優質低價書畫用品 I will provide some quality tools in class at lower prices than most Internet vendors for your convenience. 

您需要的書畫用品請在上課前一兩天告知 If you need certain items, please email me at least one day prior to each class. (Because I don't store bottled ink, ink sticks, and other fragile items in my car.)

我若有存貨, 會在上課當日帶來 If I have inventory, I will bring them for you in class.

我存貨沒有的, 您可上網或至以下商家購買 If I don't carry those items, please purchase from the following vendors. 

本人提供書畫用品統一以橘色字體顯示 My inventories are shown in orange fonts in this Webpage. (Items are shown with inches on blue mat to indicate sizes.)

國畫同學 請先過目 基本國畫用具概念 Chinese Painting Tools & Materials

These items are sold only to our classmates, local friends, or visitors in our classroom

 

 

 

 

 

Stores (Owners) Abbreviations 
(as used in class)
Addresses Notes

紫禁城ForbiddenCity2008
(Robert Bo)

 Robert

薄先生

 

(972) 758-7238

cell: 214-458-9930

http://stores.ebay.com/bigteapotbrushjadedressestore

When you see an item from his e-Bay stores, tell him your wish list first, then arrange a pick up time from his house located near Coit & 15th Street in Plano. 

Please don't ask him technical questions of art since Robert does not do calligraphy or painting.

As of 09/29/2014 , Robert is just too busy to manage his teapot store on e-Bay so he lists very few CalligraPainting items online.

 

Open daily by appointment. Possibly lowest wholesale prices on average in the U.S.  

China Books & Arts Bookstore (Jason Liu)

 the Bookstore

 

Their new store is located in front of 99 Ranch Supermarket in Plano (Northwest corner of 75 and Spring Creek)

(972) 238-8408

 

 

Dollars in RMB x 40%  is about fair prices in USD.

The owner, Jason, is a skillful and knowledgeable painter. He knows many sources of CBP.

LaserTrek Books & Music

唯美書局

 LaserTrek

Just next to DCCC in Richardson China Town

(972) 235-8678

 

Oriental Art Supply

 OAS

 

www.orientalartsupply.com/

To assist you to choose needed tools and supplies and to save shipping cost, please discuss with me. If you order on Monday, you may receive your order by Friday. OAS is currently one of the most comprehensive stores of CBP supplies in the U.S.

 

CBP supplier since 1970

Hobby Lobby

 Hobby Lobby

 

900A West 15th Street, Plano 75075

(469) 467-6018

They have a small section of CBP supplies. Stars indicate items that we might need.

 

Close at 8 PM and on Sundays

Asel Art Supply

 Asel

 

2929 Custer Road, Plano 75075

(972) 596-0123

 

 

Joann Fabric & Crafts

 Joann

 

700 Alma Drive, Plano 75075

(972) 424-0011

 

Next to Collin Creek Mall

 

  Please pay attention to "or" and "and/or" between similar items in the left column.  

  Those listed first or on top are preferred to those listed later or at bottom, 

  in consideration of the item's functions, prices, and your shopping convenience.   

 Please click here for CBP tools and supplies listed below calligraphy requirements. 國畫用具列表清單在下方 

 

Minimum Requirements for Calligraphy 書法班每人必備用具

Items & Required Quantities are listed in the order of importance and functions and your shopping convenience.

Stores & Approximate Costs are listed in the order of quality and price comparisons. If there is a "?", it means I am not sure whether that store still has that particular item.

 

Pictures & Purposes

紙鎮 (鎮紙, 文鎮)

Thin Paperweight (1)

 

This thin metal paperweight is very popular in Asia but not easy to find in America. Please search from the following sources:

Amazon, E-Bay, or Internet

$14 from OAS 

LaserTrek (sold out)

Bookstore (?) 

 

 

To help smooth paper and to prevent accidental moving of paper during writing. "Thin" paperweights are preferred, not to exceed 1 inch in width. Length and weight do not matter so much. Choose narrow (not broad) and medium weight (not too heavy or too light) paperweights for calligraphy.

Per my personal practice and teaching methods, I never practice Chinese calligraphy without using a paperweight! If you don't have a paperweight ready, I really cannot share with you many levels of hand and wrist movements. With a paperweight, you may realize how much easier to write Chinese calligraphy with properly gound ink.

It's mandatory that you have at least one paperweight and at least one brush rest. Paperweights are as important as good brushes but are the most frequently neglected item. For this reason, most bookstores in the U.S. don't carry paperweights since people usually neglect the functions of paperweights. Currently as of 09/29/2014 , almost all paperweights are sold out in Chinese bookstores in Dallas because they had very few paperweights. Please don't use your cell phones as substitutes for paperweights because the ink will most likely stain your cell phones. If you bring a "qualified" rectangular (not round, not stones, not toys, not ink stick...) paperweight as shown or listed here in your first class and mention this promotion, I will give you a free brush. 

When students cannot do smooth strokes, oftentimes I tell them the problems are coming from inappropriate amount of water used to grind ink which causes the paper to wrinkle badly when paper weight is not used rather than merely one's hand motions or talent.

 

or

 
   筆擱

   Brush Rest (1) as Paperweight

  Sold in class for $7.

  Market price is about $7.50 each + shipping.

  

  

Hand-glazed porcelain brush holder from Jack Richeson or e-Bay.

This brush rest works with six brushes loaded with ink and watercolors if you are also interested in practicing Chinese brush painting in the future.

 

or

 

紙鎮兼筆擱

Mini Paperweight + Brush Rest (1)

Sold in class for $3.

 

This mini paperweight is also a brush rest.

 

or

 

 

紙鎮兼筆擱

Paperweight + Brush Rest (1)

This thin metal paperweight is very popular in Asia but not easy to find in America. 

http://manluenchoon.weebly.com/brush-rest--holder.htm

http://goodcharacters.com/art/p.php?c=Accessories

or search "paper weight calligraphy" in Google

 

 

 

This tool also serves as a brush rest, i.e., paperweight and brush rest in one.

 

 

多用途兼毫毛筆

Brushes (Combination of Goat and Weasel Hair) (Any 2 of any sizes)

About $3 each, or ask Robert for the unit price.

Large and medium sizes of Li Gang's brushes are very similar. Their differences don't matter so much to most beginners. So please don't give Robert hard time. There are no exact definitions of large, medium, and small brushes by calligraphers or Chinese government. One manufacture's large brush can be another manufacture's medium brush; one large kind can be a small kind by different animal hairs. The name tags of brushes, such as Orchid Bamboo Brushes, are for references instead of for exclusive uses to paint orchids and bamboos. So pay attention to brush principles and techniques rather than sizes and name tags.

 

 

 

This is the same multi-purpose brush I use to do calligraphy for online sales, public events, personal practice, teaching, and painting bamboos.

This inexpensive brand made by Mr. Li Gang ( 李剛 ) with his photos on the brush handle is great for painting bamboos, orchids, lotus stems, and many other subjects for both beginners and professionals. Also great for various styles of calligraphy such as Kaishu styles of the Tang Dynasty. 

Personally I thank Li Gang for his sincerity and endeavor and Robert's acceptance of my advice to import large numbers of Li Gang's brushes to the U.S.

 

www.ebay.com/itm/10-CHINESE-CALLIGRAPHY-WATER-COLOR-BRUSH

 

or 

 

兼毫毛筆

Brush (Combination of Goat and Weasel Hair) (1)

Amazon (Mixed Hair Brush)

$5 + from Bookstore

 

 

 

Usually I don't recommend pure weasel hair brush for beginners.

 

 

鉛筆

Pencil (1)

For correction, improvements of characters' structures, and visualization (mental exercise). Mental exercise is as important as physical hand movement of a brush but is often neglected. If you bring a pencil, I will share more details.

   

衛生紙

Napkin

You need two or three sheets per time.

 

Napkins are important in monitoring ink tones and water but are often forgotten or neglected. Also for cleaning.

 

   

毛邊紙

Bamboo Paper

 

$5 to $7 per pack from Bookstore. White color preferred. Choose either small (15 grids) or large (12 grids, as shown here). 

"Gu Ding" is a very reliable brand currently used in our class.

 

 

Beginners may choose to practice on Bamboo Grid Paper (but not newspaper). 

 

   

 

硯臺 ( 硯台 )

Inkstone (1)

Sold in class for $10 (square with a lid) or $10 (wood box.)

 

 

This is exactly the same inkstone I was using for over 10 years in Taiwan. 


 

or

 

硯臺 ( 硯台 )

Inkstone (1)

 

$10 + from Robert

 

 

 

An ideal size will be that the grinding area is at least the size of your palm. I recommend oval or rectangular inkstones that have water resevoirs and their rims of the grinding area not to be higher than 1/4 inch. Inkstones without water reservoirs and with higher rims and smaller grinding areas are not preferred for beginners of calligraphy.

The grinding area is supposed to be flat as in above samples, not unleveled in the following picture:

 

Robert has a lot more selections not listed on e-Bay. Currently he is the largest inkstone and ink stick seller in the U.S. He might be busy for not listing inkstones on e-Bay. It's best that you call him first. Most of our classmates have bought wonderful inkstones from him.

http://stores.ebay.com/Big-Teapot-Brush-Jade-Dress-eStore/4-Trs-InkStone-/

 

 

 

墨條

Ink Stick (1) with a glass lid paper box.

Sold in class for $6. 

 

 

 

 

or

 

墨條

Professional Quality Ink Stick (1)

$10 + from Robert

Bookstore

 

 

 

 

Generally, choose Pine Soot ink sticks 松煙墨 for calligraphy and Oil Soot ink sticks 油煙墨 for painting.

http://stores.ebay.com/Big-Teapot-Brush-Jade-Dress-eStore/4-Trs-Ink-Stick-/

 

and/or

 

吳竹墨汁

"Wu Zhu" Brand 
Bottled Ink (1)

Choose either size.

$5 +

Bookstore

LaserTrek

(Robert does not have this brand.)

 

 

Wu Zhu brand is very stable and durable for calligraphy. 

I recommend a combination approach of blending ground ink and bottled ink to save time and also preserve the qualities of ground ink.

  

 

   

 

毛毯

Wool Felt (1)

Bookstore ?

 

$6 from OAS

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/606/8 

Felt: Student Wool 24" x 36"

 

 

Keep your paper and desk clean. Choose a size that covers your writing paper. Either black or white.

 

or

 

Wool Felt (1)

 

$1 from Hobby Lobby

 

This brand cannot be folded and rolled. 

 

After 6 months or per the student's progress, additional materials are required as follows:

字帖

Calligraphy Model Book (1 or 2)

 

$5 + from Bookstore


After a period of copying red tracing sheets provided in class, students are encouraged to choose one or two model books from:

The Bookstore or LaserTreck

www.bookseed.com (Largest selections in the U.S.)

www.books.com.tw (Excellent selections, services, and worldwide shipping)

 

or

 

Bilingual (English/Chinese) Calligraphy Book (1)

 

This book with a DVD is sold in class for $20.


A fairly good beginner's book for non native Chinese. Written by professors and scholars of Beijing University. A demo DVD is included for reference. Great and concise introductions on Chinese calligraphy and basic writing rules of Chinese characters.

Sold on Amazon or e-Bay for about $30

 

A similar item from Amazon (DVDs only, no book, about $30) may be substituted for this book. 

 

or

 

字帖 - 柳公權 (1)

Sold to Chinese students only. 

Highest quality of model books in the market.

US $18.  

 

 

 

書畫紙圓筒

Art Portfolio or Storage Tube or Mailing Tube (1)


 

To prevent Bamboo Paper or Shuan Paper from being folded or messed up. 

$2 from Hobby Lobby

Expandable Paint Brush Case: adjustable length from 9" to 15"

or


This traveling container with adjustable lengths is currently the most ideal tube for storing different sizes of paper, your artwork, or a mounted scroll. $10 from Hobby Lobby.

or

You may also choose to buy a mailing tube from Staples for $5, or a cheaper one from the post office.

 

 

 

#CBPtools

  Please pay attention to "or" and "and/or" between similar items in the left column.  

  Those listed first or on top are preferred to those listed later or at bottom, 

  in consideration of the item's functions, your investment, and your shopping convenience.   

 


Minimum Requirements for Chinese Brush Painting  國畫班每人必備用具

CBP is a very procedural art. It requires the right tools and right procedures, and, of course, patience, time, and money. Everything listed in this chart is minimum requirements. You don't need to buy all of them in one month, but in order to make more satifactory results you will need almost all of them in the second month. Items listed first are top priorities. I won't list unnecessary items here to burden you since everything in this chart has special functions and purposes.

During your first two months, you have to own the most basic tools: paperweight and/or brush holder; napkin; water bowl; felt; pencil; two brushes; paper; ink stick; inkstone.

國畫畫法通常都講求程序,用具與材料皆影響作畫過程,請用心過目。為講求效率,課堂上僅量不再重複這些基本概念。

 

 

Items & Required Quantities are listed in the order of importance and functions and your shopping convenience.

Stores & Approximate Costs are listed in the order of quality and price comparisons. If there is a "?", it means I am not sure whether that store still has that particular item.

 

Pictures & Purposes

筆洗盤 + 調色盤

3-in-1 Water Bowl with Palletes (1)

$11 + Shipping

 

To help control qualities of ink tones and watercolor. If you have this item, you don't need another pallette in the short term. Larger pallette(s) may be required in the future per the student's progress.

Compact, space saving, lightweight, ideal for travel, made of solid plastic, multi-functional, two scoops for brush rest, easy to clean, three sections of water bowl for clean colors, and ideal  to develop your techniques of coloring, washing, mounting, and other purposes in the future.

www.fineartstore.com/p-4251-3-in-1-plastic-water-well-and-palette.aspx 

www.q1.com.tw/product.aspx?ProductID=422001&CategoryID=7784&BrandID=&b=Category&p=

 

 

or

 

三池洗筆盅 ( 三合一筆洗, 筆洗 )

Three-Sectioned Water Bowl (1)

$10

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/1839/8 

To assist you to choose needed tools and supplies and to save shipping cost, please discuss with me. If you order on Monday, you may receive your order by Friday. OAS is currently one of the most comprehensive stores of CBP supplies in the U.S.

 

Vendors from Taiwan:

www.hctmall.com.tw/product.php?pid_for_show=10567

www.weiip.com.tw/products/pro_29_1.htm

 

 

A great product for beginners and professionals. After painting for a while, many people do realize they need a larger container. When washing out light colors or dark colors, you can keep the water separated in different sections. Plastic preferred. Very convenient to save space and to develop your techniques of coloring, washing, mounting, and other purposes in the future.

 

or

 

Water Bowls (1 set)

$3 

This is a "lunch box set" of 3 pieces sold from 99 Ranch Supermarket in the kitchen utilities section. Available in various colors. Can be stacked into one.

131 W Spring Creek Pkwy Plano, Texas 75023
(972) 943-8999

 

 

To help control qualities of ink tones and watercolor.

 

or

 

 

洗筆盅 (筆洗)

Water Bowl 

Depending on your progress:

(1 for Sumi-e or black ink painting only)

or 

(2 for watercolor painting)

 

$10 + from Bookstore

 

$8 + from Robert 

http://stores.ebay.com/

 

$5 + from ceramics stores by Asia World Market (Jusgo)

240 Legacy Drive, Plano, TX 75023

To help control qualities of ink tones and watercolors. Regardless what types of water bowls, you need at least two water bowls for watercolor painting.

When doing Chinese watercolor painting, we need to keep unwanted colors from mixing with each other. Minimum requirement is that you have at least two water bowls or one three-sectioned water bowl. With only one water bowl, I just share levels of knowledge and instructions based on one water bowl instead of two water bowls.

I repeatedly mention in class"in CBP, water is like an angel or a devil. It can elevate your painting or simply destroy it." Napkins, a three-sectioned water bowl, well organized brushes on brush rests are the most critical helpers to prevent water turning into a devil from an angel, and "at certain critical times, water may not allow you to respond or repent in more than 3 seconds."

 

   

鉛筆 & 碳筆

Pencils (black, green, red) / Charcoal (1 each)

 

For drafts, correction, improvements, and visualization.


   

衛生紙

Napkin

 

To wipe off extra water and/or ink from brush tips. For cleaning. Pure white napkins are preferred to monitor ink tones and colors. Napkins are important in applying better ink and colors and cannot be forgotten or neglected. 

I repeatedly mention in class"in CBP, water is like an angel or a devil. It can elevate your painting or simply destroy it." Napkins, a three-sectioned water bowl, well organized brushes on brush rests are the most critical helpers to prevent water turning into a devil from an angel, and "at certain critical times, water may not allow you to respond or repent in more than 3 seconds."

 

   

紙鎮 (鎮紙, 文鎮)

Paperweight (1 or 2)

 

Amazon, e-Bay,

http://manluenchoon.weebly.com/brush-rest--holder.html

Bookstore (?)

OAS 

Robert 

 

 

 

Required for keeping rolled paper from curling back up or paper shifting on top of your felt.

It's mandatory that you have at least one paperweight and at least one brush rest. Without a paperweight, I cannot share many levels of hand movements and my unique methods when operating a brush.


Paperweights are as important as good brushes but are the most frequently neglected items. However, they are extremely popular and emphasized in Asian countries. Most bookstores in the U.S. don't carry paperweights since people usually neglect the functions of paperweights. Currently as of 09/29/2014 , almost all paperweights are sold out in Chinese bookstores in Dallas. Please don't use your cell phones as substitutes for paperweights because the ink will most likely stain your cell phones. If you bring a "qualified" rectangular ( not round, not stones, not toys, not ink stick...) paperweight as shown or listed here in your first class and mention this promotion, I will give you a free brush. 

 

and/or

or choose from the following selections / combinations:

紙鎮兼筆擱

Brush Rest + Paperweight (1)

http://manluenchoon.weebly.com/brush-rest--holder.html

http://goodcharacters.com/art/p.php?c=Accessories

 

 

This thin metal brush rest is very popular in Asia but not easy to find in America. 

Work with nine brushes loaded with ink and watercolors. A second paperweight is strongly recommended even if you have this one. Personally I use three paperweights and/or brush rests together.

 

or 

 
   筆擱

   Brush Rest (1) as Paperweight

  Sold in class for $7.

  Market price is about $7.50 each + shipping.

  

  

Hand-glazed porcelain brush holder from Jack Richeson or e-Bay.

This brush rest works with six brushes loaded with ink and watercolors. Unlike Western watercolor paintings, Chinese brushes loaded with ink, water, and colors should lay flat rather than vertically. 

 

or

 

紙鎮兼筆擱

Mini Paperweight + Brush Rest (1)

Sold in class for $3.

 

This mini paperweight is also a brush rest.

 

or

 

Brush Rest (1)

$12 from OAS

 

 

                          or

 

 

Chopstick Holder (3) as brush rests

 

$0.50 each from a ceramics store by Asia World Market (Jusgo)

 

A paperweight is still required if you have these chopstick holders as brush rests.

 

 

   

 

山水用毛筆 - 紫圭

Landscape Brushes (small, 1) (2 is better for dark and light sketching and/or coloring)

Sold in class for $5 each.

 

 

 

 

This is my favorite multi-purpose brush I recommend for trees, rocks, and mountains. Great for both beginners and professionals for sketching trees, rocks, and mountains. Manufactured by Shanghai Crafts and Arts Company.

 

 

多用途兼毫毛筆

( 李剛 多用途 ) 白雲 

蘭竹筆:

Brushes (Combination of Goat and Weasel Hair) (Any 2 of any sizes)

About $3 each, or ask Robert for the unit price.

If you have these brushes, you don't have to buy the so-called "Orchid Bamboo Brushes" elsewhere.

Large and medium sizes of Li Gang's brushes are very similar. Their differences don't matter so much to most beginners. So please don't give Robert hard time. There are no exact definitions of large, medium, and small brushes by calligraphers or Chinese government. One manufacture's large brush can be another manufacture's medium brush; one large kind can be a small kind by different animal hairs. The name tags of brushes, such as Orchid Bamboo Brushes, are for references instead of for exclusive uses to paint orchids and bamboos. So pay attention to brush principles and techniques rather than sizes and name tags.

 

 

 

This is the same multi-purpose brush I use to do calligraphy for online sales, public events, personal practice, teaching, and painting bamboos.

This inexpensive brand made by Mr. Li Gang ( 李剛 ) with his photos on the brush handle is great for painting bamboos, orchids, lotus stems, and many other subjects for both beginners and professionals. Also great for various styles of calligraphy such as Kaishu styles of the Tang Dynasty. 

Personally I thank Li Gang for his sincerity and endeavor and Robert's acceptance of my advice to import large numbers of Li Gang's brushes to the U.S.

 

www.ebay.com/itm/10-CHINESE-CALLIGRAPHY-WATER-COLOR-BRUSH

 

   


書畫毛筆

Brushes - Various Types

(Any 1 from each pocket for various purposes)  

 

So, for most beginners during first two months, at least 5 brushes are needed.

I will bring various brushes for sale during class. (Prices are lower than the Bookstore.)

$5 + from Bookstore (We go there and I will choose for you.)

Robert

OAS (A little bit pricy but more reliable than most vendors. Please ask me in email for links.)

 

or 

Assorted Sizes - Set of 6 Brushes

These brushes are very inexpensive but may be used for coloring, washing, and blending colors except for sketching. If you decide to order these and find out later the hairs are falling off, I will share how to use glue to fix that problem. 

 

 

 

 

 

最薄最便宜的無格毛邊紙

Bamboo Paper

$5 per pack from LaserTrek

100 sheets per pack

This item is currently optional (not required) since there might be a shortage. But to practice interchangeably on this Bamboo Paper, sized Xuan paper, and various paper may help our classmates gain more control of using water, colors, and brushes on various kinds of paper.

 


Beginners may choose to practice on plain bamboo paper without grids. Though this is the lowest-priced paper, it's actually one of my favorite paper that I have been using since 1988. This paper is very thin (not good for coloring) and not very absorbent of ink and water, so it's good for you to judge the right amount of water and ink to be used. 

An inexpensive choice to practice bamboos and orchids. Great for sketching or drafting.

 

I use this paper for warm up exercises, casual practice, painting some teaching samples, drafts for final work, and etc. Once you become comfortable with this paper, painting on Shuan Paper will become relatively easy. 

Some of my teaching samples on this inexpensive bamoo paper:

 

 

矾宣 ( 熟宣 )

Sized Shuan Paper

13 x 52 inches, 14 sheets, sold in class for $5 (High quality, rolled, not folded)

 

 

  

  

Advice: Since Xuan paper is very fragile, it's better to roll the paper than to fold it. 


Please spend $2 to buy a tube (Expandable Paint Brush Case: adjustable length from 9" to 15") from Hobby Lobby and keep your paper from being wrinkled and accidently folded. You will feel the difference in painting and convenience in handling paper.

 

or

 


矾宣
( 熟宣 )

Sized Shuan Paper (Xuan Paper)

For 26" x 52" standard size, the average price for good quality Sized Shuan Paper is nearly $2 per sheet in the U.S. market. So a pack of 100 sheets is usually sold between $170 to $200.

Robert: all sized Xuan paper already sold out because of lower prices than other vendors.

Bookstore: I have negotiated the price to be $1.30 per sheet if you buy at least 10 sheets. I have marked the pack with "Sized Paper" and "矾宣" since it's not easy to tell sized paper from unsized if there is no label.

or

Semi-Sized Xuan Paper from Amazon

 


Chinese paintings are done on Sized Shuan Paper ( 矾宣 or 熟宣 ) as well as on Unsized Shuan Paper ( 生宣 or Raw Paper ). "Sized" means to coat the paper with alum. Do not confuse "sized" with "cutting the paper into different sizes." Sized paper is less absorbent and more expensive than unsized paper. Though it's easier to control ink, water, and colors on sized paper, one should not completely rely on it to develop painting skills. You may also choose Semi-sized Shuan Paper.

The label "矾宣" is often stamped on the side of 100 sheets of paper. Sometimes 矾宣 does not appear on the bag labels.

 


Do not buy so-called Rice Paper. Rice paper is a misnomer. Paper sold in non-Chinese stores labled with "Oriental Rice Paper" is usually an inferior grade and unauthentic kind of paper for Chinese painting. That is neither Shuan Paper nor Bamboo Paper, but is usually a machine made "Cotton Paper" exported to those countries that still call Chinese calligraphy and painting paper "'Rice Paper." A double whammy misnomer!!

Likewise, most 書道半紙 or 半紙 sold outside Asia are not used to do traditional Chinese painting.

 

   

 

硯臺 ( 硯台 )

Inkstone 

Sold in class for $10 (square with a lid) or $10 (wood box.)

 

 

This is exactly the same inkstone I was using for over 10 years in Taiwan. A preferred choice by many CBP students and teachers.


 

 

墨條 - 胡開文墨

Ink Stick (1)

This "beginner's quality" ink stick is sold in class for $5 each. 

 

 

Manufactured by Hu Kaiwen Company.

Comes with a paper box. Economic choice for beginners.

 

or

 

墨條 

Ink Stick (1)

$15 + from Robert ( 高檔國畫油煙墨 )

$5 + from Bookstore

LaserTrek

or 

Shopping from Amazon 

 

 

 

Generally, choose Pine Soot ink sticks 松煙墨 for calligraphy and Oil Soot ink sticks 油煙墨 for painting.

These are professional grade ink sticks. Generally, ink sticks with wood boxes have higher qualities and are more expensive.

http://stores.ebay.com/Big-Teapot-Brush-Jade-Dress-eStore/4-Trs-Ink-Stick-/  

 

and/or

 

墨汁
Yi De Ge Bottled Ink (1)

Sold in class for $3 each bottle.  (small 100 g)

Sold in class for $6 each bottle.  (large 250 g)

 

 

or

 

墨汁
Bottled Ink (1)

 

$4 +

Robert

Bookstore

LaserTrek

 

 

(If the painting is large) I recommend a combined approach of using both ground ink and bottled ink to save time and also preserve the qualities of ground ink.

Choose either brand or size:

 

and/or

 

方便墨

Convenience Ink Pack (Traveling Ink Box)

 

$2 from Robert (cracked ink cake is normal and does not affect quality)

 

 

 

Recommended for casual practice (if you practice frequently). Not intended for serious artwork. Great for travel and limited practice time.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHINESE-CALLIGRAPHY-INK-TRAVELING-INK-BOX-/

 

 

 

 

 

毛毯

Wool Felt (1)

 

$1 from Hobby Lobby

 

This brand cannot be folded and rolled.

 

After one month or per the student's progress, additional materials are required as follows:

 

毛毯

Wool Felt (1)

Bookstore ?

LaserTrek ?

$6 from OAS

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/606/8 

Felt: Student Wool 24" x 36"

 

$20 + from Robert (Extra Large White Felt, at least one yard - large enough to be cut. Large enough for you to become an international painting master.)

 

 

Keep your paper and desk clean. Choose a size that covers your painting. Either black or white.

 

or

 

 

Wool Felt  

Joann 

Hobby Lobby

 

 

Choose and cut your wool fabric. 

 

 

   

中國畫水彩

Watercolor Set (1)

$7 from Hobby Lobby

 

 

A not so famous brand which is very stable and easy to use for beginners.

 

or

 

西洋水彩

Watercolor Set - 24 Colors (1)

$18 from Hobby Lobby

 

 

Very stable and easy to use for beginners.

 

or

 

中國畫水彩

Maries Chinese Watercolor (1)

$10 or more

Bookstore

Robert

 

 

The most famous brand of CBP watercolors. Select either 12, 18, or 24 colors.

 

   

調色盤

Palettes (Two Pieces to Be Fit Together) (1 set)

 

$5 from Bookstore

 

 

 

 

or

 

瓷調色盤

Palette - Porcelain Flower Plate (1)

 

OAS

 

 

 

Either size.

 

or

 

塑膠調色盤

Plastic Palette (1)

Hobby Lobby

 

 

 

Or any kind of your choice. Make sure the mixing area is large enough.

 

   

滴水

Water Dropper (1)

Hobby Lobby

 

 

 

To control the right amount of water for colors and washing. Any kind with or without markings.

 

and/or

 

 

噴霧瓶

Spray Bottle or Fine Mist Sprayer (1)

 

Hobby Lobby

OAS

 

 

 

 

To control the right amount of water for colors and washing. Choose one that can spray fine mist.

 

   

 

排筆

Hake Brush or Wash Brush or Wide Brush (1 or 2)

 

Hobby Lobby

 

 

 

 

 

For washing techniques and background coloring, especially for Ling Nan style of Chinese painting. Choose either one or both.

 

   

複寫紙

Graphite Paper (1)

 

Hobby Lobby

 

 

 

 

 

For improvements in Gongbi paintings of Flowers & Birds, Figures, and Landscapes. Choose either one.

 

   

毛筆盒

Brush Storage Box 

$8 from Hobby Lobby

 

 

Great for storing brushes for travelling.

 

or

 

毛筆竹捲

Brush Roll 

 

 

 

 

 

Great for storing brushes for travelling. $3 from Hobby Lobby


Sold in class for $3 each. (black color)

 

   

各式國畫毛筆

Brushes - Various types to be discussed in class or email

(Any 2 brushes from each pocket for various purposes)  

 

$3 + 

Bookstore (I will choose the right ones for you.)

OAS (A little bit pricy but more reliable than most vendors. Please ask me in email for links.)

Robert ?

 

 

 

Or

 

各式國畫專用毛筆

Brushes (OAS Specialty) - 

(About 12 - with those brushes, you can do most types of painting of regular sizes, both ink and watercolors.)

If you already have similar brushes, it's not necessary to buy similar ones.

 

(This is just a sample picture of my specialty brushes ordered from OAS.)

Rely on your own skill levels and techniques instead of merely reading brush names and prices. It's not necessary to buy all kinds of brushes if you do all types of CBP. The names and types of brushes are for references but are not meant exclusively to be used for a specified kind of painting subject only. For example, an "Orchid Bamboo Brush" can be used for painting orchid, bamboo, and other appropriate subjects; a brush without a tag that says "orchid" or "bamboo" can also be used to paint orchid and bamboo.

Most of the brushes listed below are Li Fushou brand - it was once the number one brand in China. Professional qualities of specialty brushes (currently hard to find in Dallas) good for different subjects and purposes: 

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/601/brushes (Required quantity = 1) for small area of washing and coloring; clouds; mountain & rock textures; mixing watercolors

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/609/brushes (Any 2) sketching; small mountain & rock contours, textures; larger figures; stems, trunks, twigs; animal claws

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/610/brushes (Large & small) sketching; leaves, leaf veins; twigs; smaller figures; figure hairs; small areas in landscapes; animals; birds; flowers; animal claws

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/640/brushes (All 4) washing; watercolors; dilute with waters, ink and watercolors; clouds; mists; large rocks; mountains; smaller animals; trees

 

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/1476/brushes (1) figure hairs & beards; details in figure faces; eyes; furs of smaller animals; insects; any details of most paintings

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/1478/brushes (1) small bamboo leaves; small orchids; calligraphy inscriptions

www.orientalartsupply.com/product/1485/brushes (1)small bamboo leaves; calligraphy inscriptions

 

   

國畫範本

Chinese Brush Painting Books by Topics (Figures, Landscapes, Flower Birds)

Sold in class for $20 each.

Sold individually. Not sold in complete set.

150 pages per book.

Each book is good enough for one year of studying.

May qualify as a free gift in Tuition Plan.

 

 

These books are compilations of works of famous painters (historical masters and modern painters) with basic instructions and notes. No English translation at all, but art is a universal language. The main focus of my teaching is sharing the procedures (sketching and  coloring) of painting. Most of these  books cover several styles (Gongbi, Xieyi, mixed...) for each topic such as bamboos, figures, flowers, landscapes, and etc. Each book is a great reference for our class and your practice at home.

There are about 15 books in this series which are excellent resources of various CBP subjects and styles. Currently, this set is one of the best choices in the market.

Click for larger pictures:

From left: Ancient Court Ladies / Traditional Figures // Landcape Manuals / Mountains, Rocks, Clouds, and Water // Peony Manuals / Plum Blossoms, Orchids, Bamboos, and Chrysanthemum / Orchid Manuals / Bamboo Manuals / Gongbi Painting Methods / Xieyi Painting Methods / Flowers, Birds, Fishes, and Insects / Birds & Animals // Lotus Manuals / Vegetables & Fruits Manuals / Twelve Zodiac Animals

 

 

and/or

 

Mustard Seed Garden Painting Manuals

"The Bible of Chinese Brush Painting"

 

$20 (used)

Amazon

E-Bay

 

 

Mustard Seed Garden Painting Manuals are the most famous and important CBP textbooks. Only one English translation was published, very incomplete compared with Chinese editions. (You may purchase Chinese versions listed below with or without owning the English version.) Good for study at home. It's not required to bring it to class every time. Only when you don't understand certain part, please bring it to class and I will explain and demonstrate.

 

and/or

 

芥子園畫譜

Mustard Seed Garden Painting Manuals (Chinese Editions)

 

Bookstore: Box set of 4 volumes, $40 or so

Good enough for lifetime study!

I have exactly the same version.

 

www.bookseed.com ( Search 芥子园画谱 ) There are many different editions, publishers, and painters publishing their books using the title 芥子园画谱. Don't buy the wrong kind. Please discuss with me. 

 

 


LaserTrek sells indivisual volume (shown here with green cover) for about $10.

 

   

書架

Book Stand (1)

 

Staples

Hobby Lobby

 

To hold the painting book for better viewing angles and perspectives.

 

夾子

Clips (2 Count)

Walmart, Staples...

 

Choose the types of clips that fit better with your painting manuals or models. Very, very important for better viewing angles and perspectives.

 

 

書畫紙圓筒

Art Portfolio or Storage Tube or Mailing Tube (1)


 

To prevent paper from being folded or messed up. 

$2 from Hobby Lobby

Expandable Paint Brush Case: adjustable length from 9" to 15"

or


This traveling container with adjustable lengths is currently the most ideal tube for storing different sizes of paper, your artwork, or a mounted scroll. $10 from Hobby Lobby. Most ideal for one-time lifetime investment that will fit all of your Xuan paper widths and lengths into one tube.

or

You may also choose to buy a mailing tube from Staples for $5, or a cheaper one from the post office.

 

 

 

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Newsletter about Chinese Calligraphy & Painting in the DFW Chinese Community 

 

Date

Activity 

Contact

  

August, 2014

 

 

Some of our classmates enjoyed dinner together at Royal Sichuan to celebrate our joint exhibition last week.

 

 

 

  

July 19, 2014

 

EVENT: 書畫習作展 Exhibition of Chinese Calligraphy and Painting 

EXHIBITION TIME: Starting from July 19, Saturday, 10 AM for two weeks.

TIME to hang our work: July 18, Friday, 12 PM

PLACE: Dallas Chinese Community Center

ACTIVITIES: Sharing Chinese CalligraPainting works - no frames and mounting scrolls necessary, just share our practices. Please feel free to bring your work. 不用裝裱 每人限二幅作品 書畫作品分享 

Joshua will have a live calligraphy demonstration on July 19, Saturday, between 10 AM - 12 PM for the opening ceremony.

COST: Free

OPEN: Everyone is welcome.

 

 

Christina Cheng

214-298-1688

  

July 12, 2014

 

EVENT: Casual Meeting of Chinese Calligraphers and Painters in Dallas

TIME: July 12, Saturday, 10 AM - 12 PM

PLACE: Dallas Chinese Community Center, conference room

ACTIVITIES: Sharing Chinese calligraphy and painting ideas, works, and experiences. Please feel free to bring your work and enjoy our discussions. 心得交換 書畫作品分享 

COST: Free

OPEN: Everyone is welcome. The will be similar to the event listed below for 2005 1112 日.

 

 

Christina Cheng

214-298-1688

  

March 8, 2014

 

TAO Arts Beginnerís Workshop in Chinese Brush Painting

Saturday March 8, 2014 , 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Instructor: Brandy Thomas

Location: JayCee Center, 1975 Puritan Drive, Irving, Texas 75060

Cost for beginners includes all materials = $50

Reservations must be made in advance by March 1.

 

 

Sheila at 

smdurante@att.net

  2013 4 月 20

Dallas Chinese Community Center is hosting a Calligrapainting Exhibition of Informal Work on April 20, the same day they have their Annual Food Festival. Anyone can post their casual work of Chinese calligraphy and painting there. No membership or fee required.

達拉斯書法國畫習作聯展 Dallas Calligraphy & Painting Exhibition 2013.4.20

 

 

 www.dallasccc.org
  2013 1 月    Our classroom is moved from previous Art Center to Dallas Chinese Community Center  

2010 4 24

達拉斯 中華書畫聯誼會 2010 年 書法國畫展覽
DFW Chinese Calligraphy & Painting Association Joint Exhibition

www.dallasccc.org

2006 12 2

華人活動中心將於2006 12 2 日從下午2 點到4 , 舉辦書法問題討論會。
The Dallas Chinese Community Center will hold a discussion forum and demo about Chinese calligraphy at December, 2, 2006 from 2 to 4 PM.

972-480-0311

2006 9 30

達拉斯華人活動中心第四屆公開書法比賽 
Chinese Calligraphy Contest @ Dallas Chinese Community Center (http
://home.earthlink.net/~dcntx/dfwnews.htm#666)
比賽時間:2006 9 30 日週六 12:00pm-2:00pm

972-480-0311

2006 4 29

達拉斯 中華書畫聯誼會 2006 年 書法 國畫 講習研討及展覽
DFW Chinese Calligraphy & Painting Association - Joint Exhibition & Workshop
http://art-virtue.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=62

達拉斯
中華書畫聯誼會

 

There will not be a class on Jan. 29, 2006 (Chinese Lunar New Year.) There will be a public demo (http://www.art-virtue.com/demo/2006-CrowMuseum/index.htm) at downtown Dallas. Class will resume the following week.

 

2006 1 1

We will have a multi-cultural and arts festival at Elite on Jan. 1, 2006, 6:00PM. The party will have demos of calligraphy / painting, teapot & tea tasting, Chinese herbs, music talent show, and book exhibitions. Ticket for dinner buffet is $5 per person. Twenty sets of couplets written in different Chinese calligraphy will be given as new year gifts. The party highlights were at http://art-virtue.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=101#101. 

 

 

Beginning in November, 2005, our group class will be held at a new location at Elite Performing Arts Center. 

 

2005 1112

華人活動中心將於2005 1112 日從下午2 點到4 , 舉辦書法活動。為促進及推展達拉斯市中國書法學習風氣, 活動將包括當場揮毫及問題討論。活動多彩多姿, 歡迎大家踴躍參觀。感謝活動中心、參與人員、虞先生竭力贊助, 並邀本人在會中介紹"德藝書法網" 
達拉斯時報 Oct 27, 2005

The Dallas Chinese Community Center will hold a meeting about Chinese calligraphy promotion here in Dallas. The meeting will include demos and discussions. Joshua will be giving brief introduction about this website. Thanks for the sponsors, Mr. Yu, and all other Chinese calligraphers who endeavor to have this activity. The time is November 12, 2005 from 2 to 4 PM (Saturday). We hope this will greatly enhance the public awareness about Chinese calligraphy in Dallas.

 

2005 9 20

達拉斯華人活動中心第三屆公開書法比賽

比賽時間:二○○五年八月二十日週六 12:30pm-2:30pm

 

 
 
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Pictures 

More pictures are uploaed at https://www.facebook.com/chinese.calligraphy.3 "Calligrapainting Events 書畫活動" & "Students of Calligrapainting 書畫教學" Albums

 

     

Health & Qigong Seminar @ Dallas Chinese Community Center, Nov. 17, 2012

 

 

 

 

Maxim's Restaurant, Jan. 18, 2012

 

 

Students from Fort Worth learning to appreciate Chinese painting & calligraphy @ DCCC. Oct 22, 2010

 

 

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Multi-cultural and arts festival on Jan. 1, 2006

 

 

Classes @ Home School in 2005 - the Rock, Carrollton

 

 

Classes at Episcopal School of Dallas in 2005

 

 

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