Chinese calligraphy is much more than 'writing' Chinese characters. Although calligraphy, 'beautiful writing', is appreciated in cultures all over the world, it has been regarded as the ultimate art form in Chine in a very early stage. It was appreciated at least as much as painting and sculpture, and together with poetry it was seen as a very high form of self-expression.
Chinese calligraphy does not use a pen but a brush. The traditional brushes have animal hair like goat or squirrel, and a shaft made of bamboo. Scrittura Elegante carries a wide collection of Chinese brushes.
The ink that is used is different too. Special ink sticks are being grinded against a stone and mixed with water. This provides the best control for the artist on the thickness and intensity of the ink. Ink sticks and grinding stone are available through us.
For those who think the use of ink stick is a bit too much, we have readymade Chinese ink in a bottle. Chinese ink is also called Indian ink. The ink can also be diluted with water to achieve the desired color intensity. Chinese ink can be used with a brush, dip pen, or air brush.