Archive for June, 2012

Jun 25

Can anyone tell me what these chinese letter say on a ink/ watercolor painting of two mountains?

I have a ink/ watercolor painting that has two large mountains with two chinese( Hong Kong) ladies walking along the side and there’s a river seperating the mountains. A small canoe is also in the water, along with a cabin in the scene. Along the right lower side of this painting is two rows of caligraph letters.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2127/2369278361_c79b14237f.jpg

It would help tremendously if we could see the painting.

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Jun 23

Pure and Simple: Get Your Articles or Posts Indexed or Get Lost

Google made big changes to the ways their search results rank,   the reason cited is that google wanted to provide more relevant results, google engineers published blog post which indicated there were 11.8% organic search results will be affected, in plain English, google thinks about 12% of it’s search results are really bad and need to manipulated. The update was initiated more than a year ago, and recently I see some of my ranks were lowered considerably, but almost all the ranks promoted by articles and blog posts were not affected, a few of these keywords ranked better than ever, it’s obvious that linking campaign the old way is the thing of past, probably due to link spamming sites being tossed out by google.

Now what on earth is plain link building and how do people do it? a lot of marketing companies did and are doing the plain link building, they put your links on websites which only exist for holding links, the only updates on those websites are the new links, and most of them are useless, the name of link spamming sites is justified. The latest google update will definitely downgrade most if not all of these sites, all the links on those websites will have the same fate.  

Maybe a few examples will make it clear. It was quite some time ago, I needed to rank the keyword, http://www.mfrexpress.com/tools-chain-puller-c-20_21.html, of course with old way of link building, almost all the sites I got link from had too many links, and those sites had only links, no real content at all. In the beginning, the ranking of the keyword in question rise pretty fast, lately the keyword link stayed on the first page for a while, the party was over when google updated it’s algorithm. Here is another keyword, chain puller , we put the link in relevant context, not too many plain links have been built, you can imagine how this keyword ranks. Old and outdated linking campaign lost to content linking, what’s next? In fact the only thing matters here is content, as long as you dole out high quality content, your rank will improve over time, since search engines are another kind of readers. It’s never too late to build good blogs for business purpose, take a look at this blog, top smartphones 2011 , I build it as a hobby and kept adding good or mediocre content, now it can even rank the highly competitive keywords. As we can see, quality blog marketing is much better than plain link building. Say you’re building your own bogging network, for instance http://www.mfrexpress.com/cargo-control-load-binder-c-2_8.html, then it will be easier to do article marketing.

Bottom line is that you should create great content, share the content with people, promote your business with the content, this strategy will prevail in short or long term. Persistence and patience are the keys to success, long term strategy is required to improve anything of significance, it doesn’t matter you’re doing SEO or advertising your business, now all we have to do is to give our love for creating and sharing quality content and not to worry about the ranking every day. When publisinh articles, I prefer ezine, google will index a new article on ezine promptly, popular blogs will get your post indexed as soon as you post it, I believe you should see for yourself, like this Wheel Strap , nice writing, good content, published on popular site, this article serves it’s purpose well.

We’re not finished yet, please remeber, we have hot social media now, no one can afford to not using them. For wordpress blogs, I recommend twitter tools, get a twitter account and API keys, configure your twitter tools prpperly, then every new post on your blog will show up in your twitter page, it’s simple and elegant, no one should miss this tool out.

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Jun 22

Lucky 8 horses for Sucess a Chinese Painting Demo by Henry Li

chinese painting Eight is a lucky number in Chinese because Fa(fortune) and Ba(8) are same sound in Cantonese and other regional dialects. Lucky Eight Horses has been a favorite theme in Chinese painting. I did this in a CNY’s festival at a local mall to repress my good wishes for the Year of Rabbit.
In the beginning, I was thinking to do all the horses racing forward as seen in most “eight horse” Chinese paintings, but I made the second horse backward accidentally, so I changed my mind to set them the ranch instead.

MATERIALS LIST

1. Waterbrushes
2. Semi-sized Xuan Rice Paper
4. Marie’s Chinese Painting Colours
5. Sumi Painting Colors
4. Chung Hwa Ink
5. Felt pad
6. Magnetic paperweights
7. Magnetic Board
8. Peach Sap Glue Power
9. Bamboo brush holder
10. Ceramic Flower Palette

Chinese Painting supplies available at
http://www.BlueHeronArts.com

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Jun 22

Making a Craft Kiragami Hummingbird

chinese crafts http://www.easycutpopup.com — If you enjoy arts and crafts, pop-up, scrapbooking and origami, you will enjoy these craft projects too. Like Origami, Jianzhi and Kirigami are the craft of paper, with the added technique of paper cutting. Jianzhi and Kirigami will enhance any origami, pop-up and scrapbook projects, and scrapbook and origami techniques will enhance Jianzhi and Kirigami. These pop-up blossoms, butterflies and bunraku puppets make unique gifts or cards for any occasion and the recipient will enjoy seeing their gift, card or pop-up take form before their eyes.

Easy Cut Pop-up are makers of the printable pop-up card pattern. These easy to follow card making templates make the art of Jianzhi and Kirigami pop-up cards easy, even for the novice crafter. With over 50 printable pop-up card making patterns, you can make a special greeting card for all occasions. Ideal for the beginner paper crafter and advance paper craft enthusiast. If you love Paper Crafts, Origami, Jianzhi, Kirigami, Monkiri, Papel Picado, Scherenschnitte, Wycinanki, Card Making, and Scrapbooking, Easy Cut Pop-up™ patterns are a great addition to your paper craft studio.

http://www.easycutpopup.com

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Jun 22

Four Treasures Chinese Calligraphy Box Set for Beginners

chinese calligraphy 1. Four Treasures box sets from Amazon, e-Bay or Taobao

http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=Chinese+calligraphy+set&aq=f&aqi=g1&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

More 文房四宝 from www.taobao.com

http://s.taobao.com/search?q=%CE%C4%B7%BF%CB%C4%B1%A6&keyword=&commend=all&ssid=s5-e&search_type=item&atype=&tracelog=

Hopefully these will make great Christmas gifts.

2. Preparing new brushes
Soaking new brushes – Obeying the Centered Tip Principle 中鋒 is required in all stages of using Chinese calligraphy brushes for beginners and experienced calligraphers as well.
中鋒 is one of the most important techniques of Chinese calligraphy.

http://www.art-virtue.com/principles/p5-centertip.htm

NOTE: The brushes sold with box sets have different levels of qualities. It’s best to consult experienced calligraphers for reliable resources. Some box sets have brushes that might make beginners of Chinese calligraphy unable to understand some calligraphic principles and achieve good writing results.

3. Looking for models to copy
Google “Free Chinese Calligraphy model” or search 楷書, 書法 and (or) 字帖 from www.bookseed.com and www.books.com.tw

4. Grinding ink
More video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFqfzKV2OeM

5. Finding basic writing methods and principles
Dipping brushes with ground ink and basic writing techniques http://www.art-virtue.com/tutorial/index.htm

6. Cleaning brushes & inkstones
Search in http://www.art-virtue.com/index.html#GoogleSearch or http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=artvirtue#g/u

7. Brief view of Chinese seal chops
Chinese seals and their usages have special types of knowledge and sets of rules and taboos in Chinese culture, especially when they are applied in Chinese calligraphy and brush painting. It’s not necessary for beginners to know the rules involved as shown below.
篆刻 = seal carving; 用印 = using seals; 規則 = rules
篆刻用印規則 (Some related & unrelated articles in Google) http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%E7%AF%86%E5%88%BB%E7%94%A8%E5%8D%B0%E8%A6%8F%E5%89%87&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=
http://igt.com.tw:3000/domain/show_article/51 (Some samples of using seals)

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Jun 22

Ai Weiwei detained. Here is his TED film

chinese art http://www.ted.com The news that Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei has been detained by authorities has prompted significant concern here at TED-HQ. We had shown a film of him at last month’s conference, an unexpected and courageous statement about his treatment by the government, social change, the power of the web, and his hope for the future of China. The film, which was shown as Ai Weiwei himself watched live over the web in the middle of the night, prompted a huge standing ovation from the TED audience.

Read the news story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12954811

TED is a non-partisan, nonpolitical organization and we understand the Chinese authorities concern at anything which might provoke social unrest. But for anyone who believes in the power of ideas, of human imagination, it is heartbreaking to see one of the world’s great artists shackled in this way. We will be tracking developments carefully. Here is the film.

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Jun 19

China Painting Tutorial – Orchids – Barbara Duncan

chinese painting This video consists of excerpts from Barbara Duncan’s 45 minute china painting tutorial video – Orchids. Many of her other tutorial books and videos are available for purchase through her website at: http://www.BarbaraDuncanArt.com

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Jun 19

DGCTV IN YIWU – China In Motion – Y Pearl Jewerly Factory

chinese crafts Brought to you by – Por cortesia de http://www.chartscrafts.com/

http://www.artesdech.com/

Yiwu is a city on east China, in Zhejiang Province, famous for never-ending world class commodities fair.
China in Motion in Y Pearl Factory, center of production of natural and classy designs inspired in mother nature , presented by DGC Arts & Crafts with the Camera of Conglin.
Visit http://www.chartscrafts.com/
Visite http://www.artesdech.com/

Tags: Yiwu Arts&Crafts MiotroYo Jewelry Murano Stones Necklaces Rings Urself commodities Crafts China Exhibition Decorations Furniture

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Jun 19

Chinese calligraphy painting silk mounting & various supplies (lowest prices)

chinese calligraphy http://stores.ebay.com/Big-Teapot-Brush-Jade-Dress-eStore_4-Trs-Brush-Sets_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZ336676QQftidZ2QQtZkm
EBay Store from http://www.oriental-crafts.com
Large selection of Chinese calligraphy and painting ink stones, wool felt, Xuan paper,
Teapots, brushes at wholesale prices – Guaranteed wholesale prices preferred by:
Dallas Chinese Calligraphy & Painting Association
Oriental Art Association (Irving, Texas)

http://www.art-virtue.com

Mall stores around the U.S. and other wholesalers
Direct import from manufactures in China – lowest prices from entry level to professional qualities of Chinese calligraphy and painting tools and supplies.

Chinese Calligraphy & painting brush, Xuan paper, ink stick, inkstones and other Four Treasure items
Lowest Prices & Worldwide Shipping
over 30,000 items in stock

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Jun 19

Early China The Han Dynasty Lady Dai

chinese art Ohlone College Art 103A
Professor Kenney Mencher
(Art History Stone Age Technology through the Early Renaissance)
www.kenney-mencher.com

An analysis of the items found in Lady Dai’s tomb from the Han Dynasty with an in depth analysis of the silk banner found draped across her coffin.

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