How to Paint Grape Leaves in an Ancient Style Chinese Mop Brush (2/2)

chinese painting brush This is a demo of a complete grape painting following last video. I used three different brushes: a goat mop for the leaves and grapes, a black sable for the veins nd stems, and a long bristle bager hair brush for the vines and tendrils. The ink is Chunghwa bottled Chinese ink. And the color for the grape is a mix of mineral greens(light and dark) with some gamboge yellow. I used Marie’s Chinese painting colours. The rice paper is white single Xuan(shuan) paper. I used a magnetic white board padded ith synthetic felt with mini-size strong magnetic paperweights. Above Chinese painting materials can be found at our online store at

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9 Responses to “How to Paint Grape Leaves in an Ancient Style Chinese Mop Brush (2/2)”

  1. seniorwisdom says:


  2. MrHroark says:

    Thanks Henry…best …
    Thanks Henry…best to you and yours.

  3. blueheronarts says:

    Three ways: 1) Load …
    Three ways: 1) Load color first, then add ink, similar water first then add ink. 2) Load ink first, then add color, similar ink first then add water; 3) Mix light ink with color. *Do not try to blend the ink and colors too evenly on the palette. **Use lots of water to make “dirty” color to look fresh and nice on rice paper.

  4. hologramm says:

    solved this, …
    solved this, apparently there was a problem with my browser cache, sorry for the trouble

  5. blueheronarts says:

    No, I couln’t …
    No, I couln’t duplicate the problem and I can play aound 8 minutes and jump to any spot in the time line without stop. This is a longer video (26:54) would that cause trouble on your end? Anybody have the same problem? If so I will devide it up in to two episodes and reupload. Thanks! -henry

  6. hologramm says:

    This video appears …
    This video appears to be broken? I’ve tried watching it 3 times now and it always stops around 8 minutes.

  7. MrHroark says:

    Thanks Henry… …
    Thanks Henry…always a pleasure to hear from you.
    Do you do this the same way when you are using only ink?
    Also, how about how you mix ink and color?

  8. blueheronarts says:

    Thank you! Good …
    Thank you! Good question. I ususally load with clean water and then color and ink. Instead of mix colors on the palette I rather mix them on the paper. Only in case I need a large amount of a special color like in this painting would I do a premix of colors. Please note that I load the brush with dark colors and then squize out some color from the tip and load with clean water so you got soft color on the tip and use heel to paint the shapes of stroke. It is useful for large flowers.

  9. MrHroark says:

    Nice Henry…I like …
    Nice Henry…I like your new brush.
    BTW: could you demonstrate the best way to load the brush in order to get good gradation? I have seen this done using simply clear water and working ink up toward the heel, then adding pure black on the tip, OR using prepared grades of color as you did here.
    Suggestions as to the best way to do this?
    Thanks as always.

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