Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Vietnamese calligraphy: the Hybrid Best of East and West. 1.0 Materials

Lesson 1: TOOLS

To write Vietnamese, you'll need the right tools: a pointed brush, intense black ink, and soft uncoated paper.
  1. The brush should be made especially for Asian calligraphy: soft and pointed.  A reliable source
  2. While you could grind your own ink by hand from a stick of pigment, bottled ink in a flat dish is fine for practice. A reliable source:
  3. "Rice paper" is actually made from mulberry fibers, and is sometimes labeled Sumi.  A reliable source:
The history behind these tools is explored pp 64-67 in my book Learn World Calligraphy

Left: Brush strokes form alphabet letters.  

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