“There are many types of ink sticks that are produced. The artist or calligrapher may use a specific ink for a special purpose or to create special effects.
Oil soot ink: made using the soot of burnt tung or various other oils. There is more glue in this type of ink than the other kinds so does not spread as much. Gives a warm black colour. It is good as a general purpose painting and calligraphy ink.
Pine soot ink: made from the soot of pines. Has less glue so spreads more than oil soot inks. Gives a blueish-black colour. It is good for calligraphy and meticulous style painting.
Lacquer soot ink: made from the soot of dried raw lacquer. Has a shiny appearance and is most suitable for painting.
Charcoal ink: made using standard wood charcoal. It has the least amount of glue and so spreads on paper more than other inks. Mainly used for freestyle painting and calligraphy.
Blueish ink (青墨): oil or pine soot that has been mixed with other ingredients to produce a subtle blueish-black ink. Mainly used for calligraphy.
Coloured ink: oil soot ink that has been blended with pigments to create a solid ink of colour. Most popular is cinnabar ink which was reportedly used by emperors.
Medical ink: ink produced by mixing standard ink with herbal medicines which can be ground and taken internally.
Collectors ink: ink that is highly decorative and in odd shapes that are meant for collecting rather than actual use.
Custom ink: ink that has been commissioned by an artist who may want a specific type of ink to suit their needs.”
Chinese …’reading,’ a painting
I’ve mentioned previously, I have a leaning towards the Japanese/Chinese art styles. I’m ‘influenced’ by the Asian wabi sabi and minimalist flavor. Having a wander through The Met Department of Asian Art recently (online) I discovered Maxwell Hearn.
What I found at The Met written by Maxwell Hearn, resonates with me.
Hearn explains the Chinese way of appreciating a painting can be expressed by the words du hua, “to read a painting.”
The aim of the traditional Chinese painter: to Capture not only the exterior of the subject, but its inner essence as well – its energy, life force, spirit.
To achieve this goal, the painter often chooses to forego using color. As it is felt that color, can be a distraction from the goal.
Let The Ink …Fall
Let the broken twig, dipped in ink – flow
Flood and cascade down the page, like a Waterfall.
with bent and broken stick
permitting the twig to discover the boughs
within their hiding spaces
Black ink and Blue paint
I had no time. I was busy. busy. Had some meetings to attend.
I made some time.
No more than 5 minutes though.
60 seconds to grab an apple, vase and yucky fake flowers.
Whacked out the ink… india ink this time. Dipped a nylon flat brush in and got the basic structure down.
If you look. You can count, my ink strokes. There aren’t too many.