The Calligraphy Brush
A calligrapher uses the art of writing. Many people pursue it as a hobby. Some people take it to the next level and revolve their professions around this beautiful art. The most important item in calligraphy is the calligraphy pen or calligraphy brush.
Japanese and Chinese calligraphy use the calligraphy brush. When picking a calligraphy brush, the calligraphist must choose one that suits his style. Ideal calligraphy brushes should have these four characteristics. The body of the brush must be round. This enables easy gripping right round the brush. It should have a set structure. The hairs that make up the brush should be of even length. Hairs should be placed consistently along the brush and there should not be any hairs that stick out of the brush. The brush should be able to easily form a fine tip. The brush should maintain adequate balance between soft and hard hairs. Therefore, the calligraphist will be able to manipulate his brush better and produce a high quality piece of art.
There are many different types of hair that can be used to make up a calligraphy brush. The goat’s hair brush is a white hair brush. These brushes are highly absorbent. Therefore, they are perfect when performing thick brushstrokes. Many calligraphists prefer this brush when writing standard script. The wolf’s hair calligraphy brush is a brown haired brush. This brush is stiffer when compared with the goat’s hair brush. These types of brushes are used for small script and very fine writing. Mastering strokes with this brush is not an easy task and requires many hours of work. You can also purchase calligraphy brushes that contain both goat and wolf hair. These mixed brushes are handy for many professionals who quickly get accustomed to the brush. However, it will be hard to use for many beginners and therefore, is not something they should start out with.
Calligraphy brushes come sealed in glue. This is to prevent damage to the head of the brush. You must remove this coating of glue before using the brush. Remember that holding the brush directly under flowing water will damage the brush in addition to removing the glue. The ideal way to remove the glue is to dip the brush in a glass of water. Using hot water will also damage the brush and should not be done.
Remember that calligraphy brushes are delicate pieces of equipment. Purchase one that suits your need and give the brush the care it deserves.