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To be able to write some Chinese characters on a painting
the date or a good luck symbol, or perhapsa small poem
is the easiest way to begin to attempt Chinese calligraphy. Later it may be possible tomake the calligraphy the whole focus and main element of the composition but, of course, it is alwaysvery difficult to write with confidence in a foreign language.The importance of Calligraphy in Chinese life cannot be underestimated. Scrolls of calligraphy aretraditionally offered as gifts and they are used as wall-hangings, hand scrolls and album leaves in thesame manner as paintings. The two arts share a common origin and each evolved as a means ofmaking an aesthetic statement, expressing the underlying principles of nature.The Chinese characters, the written symbols of the Chinese language, are usually made up of severalparts. Each part of the character is called 'a component'. (Some 'components' are characters in theirown right.) Each component is composed of a number of basic strokes and the following are the sevenmost elementary ones. The arrows show the direction of the brush movement:The main strokes involved in Calligraphy
Angle the brush handle away from yourself at approximately 45
. Point the brush tip to the top leftcorner of the paper. Put brush to paper, then drag from left to upper right, gradually lifting off.
Hold the brush vertically, press quickly to lower right, pause and rotate.
This stroke is the Hook and Teardrop combined, but lengthened in between.