Yesterday I went with one of my closest friends to this really interesting course about Ancient Brush Calligraphy. Tessa accidentally found out about it few days ago and texted me right away, asking if I was interested in joining the course with her, once I’ve heard what was it all about, I couldn’t say no to this awesome chance to learn something new!!
Chinese calligraphy, also known as Brush calligraphy is an art unique to Asian cultures, Shu (calligraphy), Qin (a string instrument), Hua (painting) and Qi (a strategic boardgame) are the four basic skills of the Chinese literati. Brush calligraphy though, it’s not only appreciated by Chinese, even Japanese and Koreans both love calligraphy as an important treasure of their heritage. Unlikely other art techniques, all calligraphy strokes are permanent and can’t be erased or corrected, demanding a very confident and planned execution (That’s why we painted all over the newspaper first, our teacher even told us that her grandpa used to do the same)
Now that you know more or less what’s that all about, I’ve got to say that it’s not as easy as it seems (or sounds)! Controlling the brush and the amount of ink you want to put into paper is hard work! The few rules that we’ve learnt today are few and simple, always brush from left to right, from top to bottom and the horizontal lines should be drawn before the vertical ones. Also let your wrist and hand flow with the motion.
Obviously there’s more than just that, but the girls managed to teach us a lot about it (even though it was only for a couple of hours), and they were very passionate about this awesome skill. We’ve got told really interesting facts such as the existence of brushes as big as brooms (used mostly during Cerimonials or like the Chinese new years events) or that famous brush calligraphy artists can sell their work for around a £1000 per letter!!!!
I really thought it was a terrificly good experience and I’d definetely do it again and try to learn more about it. I think It’d help a lot of people to relax and concentrate while letting the good karma in, so if you’re an angry person, go join 😉
After a good day of learning things and feeding the brain and the soul, we decided to feed our tummys as well and went to this nice little Cafe called Patisserie Valerie. The panini/sandwiches were lovely as well as the fresh Orange Juice. We just love treating ourselves….Oh well, What can I say!!