Chinese Painting

Chinese Painting
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The materials used in traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy are brush, ink and/or pigments, silk or paper. Brushes come in a variety of sizes and shapes and are made of hairs of animals, birds, or even humans. Inks were made from the residue of burnt pine resins mixed with animal glue and molded into shapes. Pigments, also produced in molds, were made from vegetable and mineral sources. Both ink and pigments were ground with water into liquid form for use. Although paper did not replace silk in painting, artists often preferred paper for its adaptability - rough textured papers absorb ink quickly while smooth paper resist ink. Papers are made from a variety of plant materials such as mulberry bark, hemp fiber, and bamboo pulp.

- June Li, Curator, Chinese and Korean Art, (2002)

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