Chinese Sketching Brush Strokes -China


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Looking at the names of sketching strokes

in Chinese art, I see the country:


Ancient wavy silk thread


Iron wire

Moving cloud and flowing water


Nail-head, rat-tail


Broken reed


Date pit

Willow leaf

Bamboo leaf

Shaking ripple



Playing Around with Ideas – Bhutan

I’m working on three other scrolls, playing around with ideas.

Or this? I’m thinking of having a scroll that, when opened, transparent delicate pieces would hang loosely from the surface. Maybe I’ll attach the paper with thread. Glue or wax would be too rigid. I’d like to be able to take a scroll out and hang it in a place where the sun would shine through showing the transparency of the waxed areas and use of mulberry paper. Click on images. You will be able to see the audience at the Paro Dzong watching a 250 year old silk appliquéd thangka being unfurled.

Wind Horse Scroll – Bhutan

Using the Bhutanese woodblock as my inspiration, I made a scroll about the Wind Horse.

I use a wood box-like form to hold the paper off the floor before I apply the hot wax. When I first started experimenting with wax I painted right on the floor. Not a good thing. The hot wax and paper adhered firmly to the floor! This scroll is about 60 inches long. The materials I used were watercolor, gold fluid acrylic, bleached beeswax 100% pure domestic imported from Germany, sumi ink, and pastels on mulberry paper. The ‘Precious horse’ and linear areas around it was done first, using hot wax. When the paper was dry I applied  watercolor which filled up all the untouched paper – the wax stopped the pigment creating a batik. (click on image to see it larger)