Here the story of my approach with the chinese brush.
Last autumn I moved to Scotland, a stunning country where it rains a lot. Then I started my master in Creative Advertising at Edinburgh Napier Uni. New country, new town, new people, new challenges. Because I wanted to make my life easier, I also started a trimester of Chinese calligraphy classes. Master of the course, the exceptional Chi Zhang. During those months I did my best to learn how to use the chinese brush, which is an incredibly expressive tool.
“Listen the rain”.
To write in chinese, the first thing you do is learn how to hold the brush: two inches from its tip. The second thing is understand the right quantity of water to pour in the ink. Third, get the rice paper. Then you are good to go. There are only few thousands of characters you might want to use.
Chinese grammar is infact, extremely complex. Although some large dictionaries have over 50,000 characters, you ‘only’ need 2 – 3,000 to read a newspaper. Not all Chinese words are made up of single characters. Most words in Chinese are actually made up of a combination of characters.
While you will try to memorise some of them, you might find out that the ink you are using doesn’t come off the clothes. This will maybe help to rememer.