Lunar New Year banners

The theme for this year’s Lunar New Year banners is time. Each of the sayings is related to the passing of time. My original intention was to write the banners in seal script, since that is the script I am currently practicing. However, it seemed that the banners might look better in standard script. I ended up writing banners in both scripts. The banner on the left is in seal script, and the banner on the right is in standard script.

日日進財 Receive wealth day after day

月月平安 Be safe and sound month after month

年年有餘 Have abundance year after year

I also made some individual single character banners.

福 Good fortune and prosperity. The banner on the top is in seal script, and the banner on the bottom is in standard script.

春 Spring. I only wrote this in standard script.

I had some trouble last year with this paper. It is nothing like the usual paper for calligraphy. This paper is almost like wrapping paper, with a very slippery surface. I had to adjust and write really slowly. I also found that not all brands of ink is appropriate for this paper. 吳竹墨 is better than 一得閣. I thought 一得閣 was too wet and was difficult to control.

I also tried to use the red envelopes from last year, but found even regular black ink would only adhere with some gum sandarac. I really do not like the look of it on the red paper because it turns the paper pinkish and leaves dust all over. Dried ink also has a tendency to fall off.

I ended up making red envelopes out of the same paper for the banners.

I tried some gold inks this year, but none seemed to work with the paper. I probably need to experiment with some more gold inks before I find one that works. Another possibility is to find better banner paper. I have seen descriptions of paper that has a consistency closer to mulberry paper (the type of paper typically for calligraphy). Ink should soak into that type of paper better. I would expect to have the same (at least closer) results compared to writing on regular calligraphy paper.

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楷書練習 Standard script practice

在這裏分享在 IG 上傳練習智永楷書的照片。
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楷書練習 Standard script practice

這次式著只用墨汁,很不習慣,覺得墨不夠濃。寫字的感覺不一樣。看字也看得出來。雖然用墨條須要花時間磨墨,我比較喜歡磨墨。練習前磨墨可以協助靜心。

Tried using liquid ink only in this practice. I was not used to it and thought the ink wasn’t thick enough. I think it shows in the calligraphy. Even though grinding ink takes more time, I like it much better.

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