Chinese calligraphy is an ancient Oriental art
of writing Chinese characters using ink and brush on
paper. The development of this ancient art has
evolved through the ages. It dates back 4,000 years.
It is one surviving language that has both phonetic
and ideograph applications. One does not necessarily
need to know the language to learn this art. You
need to enjoy its beauty. There are basic rules and
rudiments to observe and practice. Gradually you
will soon appreciate writing Chinese calligraphy and
learning Mandarin along the way. You also will be
surprised by the immense pleasure and inner peace in
you through practicing this writing. As the saying
goes, "Taiji gives you health and calligraphy gives
To Get Started
Writing Chinese calligraphy is a skill in fine art.
Knowing the language and write does not equate
knowing the skill to write good calligraphy.
Calligraphy writing is different from lay person's
writing in Chinese. Calligraphy writing is an art
form where the work is assessed by the execution of
the strokes in each character. There should be
nuances of light and heavy brush strokes and
variances in stroke execution of the same character.
This gives beauty to the writing which is liken to
listening to a fine piece of music.