Calligraphy – the Way to Harmony

Most of us can write only some brief note like “I’ll be late” or a to-do list for tomorrow. We are the typing generation. However, writing presents not only the delivery of information but the way of self-expression and self-control as well. There has even appeared a new trend in art therapy which is called calligraphic therapy. Ancient Chinese and Japanese art of calligraphy was always aimed at the improvement of a person’s body and mind.

Multiple repetition of canonical actions leads to the realization of the harmony of the world. The philosophical sense of this occupation will be exposed to you later, when you will be busy with performing your house work.

The main thing in calligraphy is not beautiful handwriting but a tuned combinations f features and proportions of every hieroglyph and the subscription in the whole. True calligraphy should not strike your eyes but be rather “frozen music”. Any hint of tension or weakness of your hand will produce negative effect on the quality of the image. Calligraphy teaches you, first of all, to focus your attention to start seeing and understanding the beauty around you. All your senses are involved in the process of writing – you feel toughness of the brush touching the paper, hear its slight rustle, smell the fragrant of ink and, finally, enjoy the image of a hieroglyph created by you.

If you decide to follow “the path of writing” you may find the following recommendations to be of some use:

  • pay attention to your posture. You should sit on your heels, put your knees together and keep your spine upright. Try to get rid of all annoying thoughts and relax.
  • If you want to become a master you have to practice a lot and perform a great number of monotonous exercises. First, draw a straight line of even width – the longer is it, the better. It is normal if in the beginning your hand is shaking and your movements are a bit constrained. The purpose of calligraphy is to relax but preserve the control over the image appearing on the paper at the same time.
  • Carefully dip the brush into the inkstone, then touch the paper with it and draw a line. Then put it off the paper. You should receive a line resembling a leaf of bamboo and dots looking like the drops of water. Calligraphy and ink painting have common basis and use the same techniques. Ideally, your hieroglyph should possess the same natural charm and balance which are characteristic of the leaves of real trees. So, your bamboo leaf should look like a real one and sway in the wind.
  • Be as relaxed as possible when holding the brush. The right feeling is that it is the brush which guides you, not vice versa. In this case your work will present harmonious impression.
  • Every line of a hieroglyph should be performed with one move. If you flounder, start from the beginning till you will be satisfied with the result.
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One thought on “Calligraphy – the Way to Harmony

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog. Unfortunately, Disqus (the comment system I’ve been using for a while) didn’t load for you, and your nice comment won’t be visible, as you used the Blogger text box. Sorry about that. In response to your question, readers can sign up for my email updates (“Get story ideas by email”), the same way they do on your blog, or they can click the RSS button I made available and subscribe in a reader. You can also use a live bookmark with Firefox.

    I’ve never tried calligraphy with a brush, but my teachers in grade school demanded that we all know and produce readable longhand, so I never lost that particular skill and can manage cursive writing to this day. I don’t regret having learnt. I do not see it as a wasted effort. My calligraphy is a part of me. Without that skill I would not be whole.

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