Creating Japanese Calligraphy
- The Process of making Japanese calligraphy
Just as an artist mixes the colors on her palette before she starts to paint, so the calligrapher first has to mix water and sumi. Here you can see Tsurutani sensei using his mizusashi to add a little water to the hollow at one end of the suzuri whetstone.
He then takes the stick of sumi, which you can see in the foreground of the last picture, and rubs it gently on the suzuri, blending it with the water to form the liquid ink.
Taking his brush, he dips it in the ink, being sure to allow it to soak up just the right amount. The calligraphy brush you can see him using here has bristles made of horse hair,
Finally he is ready to put brush to paper. The bunchin holds the paper steady as he focuses on creating the kanji character. He writes each stroke in a particular order, applying or reducing pressure to produce the most balanced form.
Here is the character he wrote. It is pronounced yume and means “dream”.
Although the calligraphy is complete now, it has to be left to dry for several days so that the ink does not run when it is being attached to the scroll. We take special care when creating scrolls for you by leaving the calligraphy to dry for a least three full days before the work to turn it into a scroll is begun.
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