Archive for July, 2012

Jul 25

How to make a Chinese Paint Brush for Chinese Bird and Flower Painting and Calligraphy.

chinese painting How to make a chinese paint brush for Chinese Calligraphy and bird and flower painting. This is a video that is exceptionally rare on YouTUbe.
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Later next year we are going out into China to discover the real thing and see and film its creation.

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Jul 25

Jian Zhi — Chinese paper cutting

chinese crafts Rashitha Hamid travels to Melacca to see how Master Ray Tan craftily cut out designs on papers. The beautiful patterns and Chinese phrases carry auspicious meanings and are a must-have for most Chinese households during Chinese New Year.

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Jul 25

Kanji Chinese Calligraphy by my Mother-in-law(2/2)

chinese calligraphy http://stores.ebay.com/blueheronartscom for original calligraph or go to http://www.BlueHeronArts.com for rice paper, brush and sumi ink.

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Jul 25

Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Loses Tax Appeal

chinese art A Beijing court has rejected artist Ai Weiwei’s lawsuit against the tax bureau that imposed a massive fine against his company. Ai’s lawyer said he’ll file an appeal. (July 20)

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Jul 25

has the chinese art of wei qi furthered you on your path spiritually?

If so, how exactly? (baduk, go, weiqi, igo)
to clarify, this is a board game, not a martial art.

yes weiqi, also know as go games, really interesting game.

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Jul 23

Why Do American Men Seek Mail Order Brides?

Why are so many American men seeking brides from abroad when there are so many single women at home? There are several reasons:

(1) Nobody at home wants to marry them (in some cases)

Unfortunately, the popular image of the alcoholic, abusive loser who takes a foreign bride because no local woman will marry him is sometimes accurate. It would certainly be painting with too broad a brush to say that all American men who seek international brides are like this, the abusive personality does seem to be well represented among men seeking bride from overseas. It makes a lot of sense when you think about it – the foreign bride often knows very little about her husband when she comes over. By the time she discovers who he really is, she is far from home, economically dependent, unable to afford to go back home, and sometimes pregnant. Abusers sometimes take full advantage of this situation by forcing their brides to submit to treatment that few American women would put up with.

(2) Citizenship in a prosperous Western nation greatly increases their position in the marriage market. The hope of a new life in rich America (or some other Western country) is certainly the top reason why women from third world countries wish to marry Western men (if you don’t think so, ask yourself how many of these women pursue men from Peru or Indonesia). Since the number of women is far greater than the number of Western men looking for them, supply and demand favors the Western man. It thus becomes no problem at all for a man in his 50s to marry a 20-year-old Chinese model, for example.

(3) A lot of American men don’t like American women. One could say that opposite attract, but complaints abound among a certain segment of American men that feminism has gone too far, that it no longer has anything to do with equal rights or fairness, and that it has morphed US women into a third gender – neither masculine nor feminine, confused about their gender identity, and forever competing rather than cooperating to prove that “women can do anything men can do”. This silent war between the sexes creates a competitive atmosphere, some say, that destroys any chance for true intimacy between spouses. Because of this, American men turn to foreign countries to find a bride (and American women increasingly look overseas for husbands!).

Bob Miles
http://www.articlesbase.com/marriage-articles/why-do-american-men-seek-mail-order-brides-136473.html

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Jul 23

Who Started the Art of Making Paper Flowers?

It can be argued that it was the Egyptians and not the Chinese, who invented paper flowers because the word “Paper” comes from an ancient Egyptian word “papyrus”, which is an aquatic grassy plant found at the banks of the River Nile in Egypt. This plant has flowers that grows in clusters at the tip of each stem; which are triangle in shape and stand upright, and has long leaves. History has it the Egyptians have been using “papyrus” way back as 5,000 years for a variety of uses including as a writing material which later helped invent the name “paper”.

It is also believed that the art of making paper flowers originated in China and goes way back as 2,000 years ago soon after paper was invented. The Chinese started making paper flowers, which would float in containers of water, to be used for religious offerings, but as time evolved they were also used as a creative channel for meditation and came to be recognized as one of four arts the high-born Chinese man strived to master. The Chinese floral creation tries to depict good over evil, light over darkness, forces of the world and presents its contrast in forms, colors and textures. Their plant materials and containers also represent fixed messages though their choice of colors and composition and by the maturity and color of the flower leaves and stems. In today’s modern society there are still some traditional Chinese styles that have evolved over the centuries which continue to influence designers all over the world.

The Chinese not only use paper to make flowers, they have taken it a step further and are known to produce such items as paper fans, paper lanterns and other decorative pieces. In paper cutting which the Chinese pride themselves at, there is a tradition of using such themes from history, religious beliefs, nature, the famous Chinese dragons and among other things the popular Chinese Legends. Some pieces represent the commemoration of special events such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and their complex designs and delicate lines symbolizes a gift of patience and talent for the lucky person who it is designed fo,r to treasure for life.

In the Victorian days women started making paper flower when the real flowers were out of season. They made these flowers by unraveling a real flower and drawing pictures of them on paper, which they used as a template. The stems were made with wire covered with green tissue paper, because in those days floral tape was probably not yet invented. They used these flowers to decorate various rooms in their homes. It was also a favorite pastime for these women who in those days were limited in their social activities.

Anand R
http://www.articlesbase.com/business-articles/who-started-the-art-of-making-paper-flowers-97419.html

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Jul 22

China Painting at CBC

chinese painting About 10 students expanded their knowledge of porcelain painting Tuesday during the Joe Barnhart Workshop Series at Coastal Bend College. Alzora Zaremba, instructor for the course, has been painting china for the past 30 years. While she is familiar with many art forms, her favorite is china. You can move things around, shove them around, wipe back through the paint, add more paint on top of paint, she said. It really is very forgiving — until you fire it in. At right, Mark Parsons uses a green paint to add leaves to the poppies he is painting on his porcelain platter.

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Jul 22

Easy – How to Make a Friendship Bracelet in Chinese Staircase Pattern

chinese crafts In this video I show you how to do a Friendship Bracelet in the Chinese Staircase Pattern. I will show you step by step how to make jewelry with this very pretty pattern for a bracelet, ankle bracelet, anklet, necklace, or any other application you would like to create it for. Share them with your friends, give them as gifts, or just make them for yourself. Please remember to subscribe because I have so much more to come; something helpful and of interest to everyone. Thanks so much for viewing!

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Jul 22

Famous Chinese painter and calligrapher Qi Gong 启功 (part 1)

chinese calligraphy Qi Gong has been one of the most famous artists in Chinese Calligraphy and painting since mid 20th century till his passing in 2005.

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