Chinese Art Supplies

Chinese painting is one of the oldest artistic traditions in the world. Traditional painting uses the same techniques and materials as Chinese calligraphy and so is executed with a pointed tipped brush, dipped in black ink formed from hardened pine soot and glue. Colour also features, but it is there to make the painting true to life or to add decoration, but is rarely added as an integral element in the design, as in Western art.

The practise is traditionally first learned by repetition, in which the master shows the "right way" to draw items. The apprentice must copy these items strictly and continuously until the movements become instinctive. Each brushstroke has meaning and painting onto silk or fine absorbent paper does not allow for correction or removal, so painting demands confidence, speed and mastery of technique acquired only by long practise.