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The Sound of One Hand: Reaching Beyond the limits of Traditional Ink Painting

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ink Stick Making

The Ink Stick

The ink stick is one of the "Four Treasure" of sumi (ink) painting. The Four Treasures are paper, brush, ink, and stone. Ink sticks are often overlooked as an important ingredient to sumi painting with the now readily available ink in bottles. The making of an ink stick is an art in and of itself. Please view the below short video on making ink sticks.


I use ink sticks and grind my own ink for sumi-e and I also use bottled ink. The general rule is that ink is ground for calligraphy and bottled ink is used for sumi-e. (sumi = ink and sumi-e = ink painting). Rules are made to be broken!

Below is an unusual and different sumi-e that I created using the art of grinding my ink with an ink stick and stone for use in this painting.

Standing Tall - Bird's Eye View
by Casey Shannon
Ink on Xuan Paper

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Casey Shannon
Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Sociey

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