The Simple Art of Japanese Calligraphy
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From China in the 6th century AD by Buddhist monks, the tools and techniques of Eastern calligraphy were imported into Japan. Shodo or calligraphy is venerated in both China and Japan as the highest form of beauty. Japanese calligraphy has its own style; simple, elegant, and gentle. Kanji, Chinese characters developed from pictograms some 6,000 years old, are used withKana, a simplified and "Japanized" form of Kanji. The 18th and 19th centuries saw the golden age of Japanese calligraphy, as Zen practitioners intertwined their meditative philosophy with the calligraphy characters. True Japanese calligraphy, is an aid to self-development and meditation on the universe. Simple to create, these ancient symbols embody centuries of Zen wisdom with a few strokes of the brush. Starting with a history section that illuminates the thousands of years of calligraphy with inspiring examples, the core of the book is a clear step-by-step guide to creating calligraphy. The 15 projects, from greetings cards, to painting calligraphy motifs on river pebbles and silk hangings, represent authentic uses of calligraphy. The combination of simple strokes and meaningful characters that make up each of these unique projects means you will create artworks that will give you and your loved ones truly enduring results. A clear materials section shows you exactly what you need to start, while the comprehensive techniques chapter shows you how to hold the brush, create characters, and write pieces. Also included are over 100 popular Western first names, a series of greetings, sentiments, poems, haikus and Zen proverbs or Koans for use in the projects.
Includes 2 calligraphy brushes (kanji and kana), ink stick, authentic paper pad, book, and Harmony seal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.