Book Fair: Chinese calligraphy painting various Xuan paper (2008 Part 2)

chines painting supplies Sized Xuan paper is not necessarily easier to use or more “forgiving” without considering ink and brush qualities.

Popular items at below market prices as of 2008:
Vintage ink sticks by Old Hu Kaiwen
Chinese painting watercolor sets starting from $4 per pack
Chinese calligraphy / painting VCD ($3 to $5 each as of 2008) and DVD
“Extra thin” sized paper, coated with alum
Old Hu Kaiwen ink sticks at $2 each

The sponsor of the annual Chinese book fair in Dallas Chinese Commnunity Center, Texas:
World Journal Bookstore ( 世界書局 ), a major distributor of Chinese books in the United States
Mr. Hou Chang
San Jose, California, USA
Cell: 408-472-1827
Website: currently N/A

Mr. Chang travels to China and distributes Chinese calligraphy, painting books, seal stones, supplies, tools, inkstones, brushes, Xuan paper, and various Four Treasures at very reasonable prices.

Technical questions about Chinese brushes:

Shopping for Four Treasures:

Joshua Hough’s Disclaimer:
1. I do not guarantee the quality of EACH individual brush, nor the price changes and availability. I am not responding to any availability and price issues.
2. I do not sell any of those items (as of 2008).
3. I do not take commissions.

I provide the information in this video solely for practitioners of Chinese calligraphy and painting to compare the selection and shopping of the supplies and tools.

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9 Responses to “Book Fair: Chinese calligraphy painting various Xuan paper (2008 Part 2)”

  1. bertramelo says:

    the intergalactic …
    the intergalactic monkey will eat vegetables in the book fair from tomorrow

  2. artvirtue says:

    @sotto2 Thanks. I …
    @sotto2 Thanks. I will.

  3. sotto2 says:

    Please, do us all a …
    Please, do us all a favor in your videos and get a camera that close focuses! Thank you.

  4. 1888junkteam says:

    excellent work!
    excellent work!

  5. artvirtue says:

    Chinese tint …
    Chinese tint painting or calligraphy with tea, burning incense… to create an antique look, sometimes trying to mislead others to think the work was done hundreds of years ago. You may try tinting the background with color or tea, or coating with alum with a very wide brush (at least 3 inches wide.)

  6. shybuttcute says:

    oh thank you for …
    oh thank you for sharing this tip! I am going to try it. I´ve got alum, I bought it for the mounting process, but still hasn´t tried it (never mounted anything yet). Yesterday I was tinting paper with coffee to darken it a bit, to give it an old look, because it suits better with some paintings than the original white colour of the paper. Do chinese painters do it too with tea or anything?

  7. artvirtue says:

    You may make your …
    You may make your own sized paper by spraying or coating with Xuan paper or Wen Zhou paper with alum (available in some Chinese supermarket for cooking.) Chinese painters have tricks like this to reduce absorbency.

  8. artvirtue says:

    Usually Chinese …
    Usually Chinese painters use thick and/or sized paper, especially for Gongbi. Currently I am using Jin (Gold) Lu (Deer) Shu (calligraphy) Hua (painting) Xuan paper I bought from Robert Bo. It fits both calligraphy and painting and its closed to Red Star Xuan paper which is widely recognized as the best. Jin Lu is almost half priced.

  9. shybuttcute says:

    Thanks for showing …
    Thanks for showing us all these materials. I would like to ask you a question. I have only used Wen Zhou paper, I have a roll of 10 meters long x 60 cm. And I see it is very (too) absorbant. I find it difficult to outline anything on this paper, and I have to be extremely careful with the water I load in the brush. However it´s easy to make shades of black. But I have never tried other papers. Am I right? I think I should try another kind of paper. Which one would you recommend me? Thanks ;)

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