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A few of my dozens of traditional Chinese brushes, which I have come to use quite regularly in my work, alongside my 'Western' ones. Some ink had been ground on the inkstone, and there is some strongly brewed black tea in the blue and white dish (emerging from the refrigerator looking as though milk had been added to it, though none was). I had hoped to use both in a not dissimilar way to the Self Portrait (below) in a piece of work. In the event, I subsequently changed my mind and used neither (I continued using the brushes though).

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Theillst Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
I love these brushes. Not that I use them. While I do hve some, I have no ide what to do with them!
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PurpleHope Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The dark brown one works like magic right :P At least for me... althought they are some wood-made black ones that are awesome.

And youw workplace is so neat :O
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
They are all pretty magical. ^_^

Oh, I'm afraid it's not neat at all, trust me. ^^;
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LG-Young Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
So prettily laid out. My poor brushes just get laid on the side of the sink, with nary a place to lay their damp sabled heads.
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Sir-Pumpkinhead Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have two Chinese brushes but seldom use them :/ you've inspired me to actually try doing an image (maybe the triceratops one? ) with only them ^_^

*Even your tools are beautiful! no wonder your illustrations have such delicate and magic property :)
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Rincs Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011   General Artist
I know that this was just a picture of your brushes, but somehow, I felt really, really drawn to it. Thanks for sharing~
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TeresaClark Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Lovely!
Thanks for sharing this little spot of your workplace. All the ink stuff looks amazing (ink eludes me that's why I admire you the most for).
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MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I have a similar set of Chinese brushes and porcelain rests. I haven't been able to use the brushes as well because they hold so much water.
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bookstoresue Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Does black tea really work well as a wash? I have stained paper with coffee before, but it never occurred to me to use tea like a watercolor....
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Fiofiorina Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Your workplace is a piece of art by itself :-)
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Lweeling Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks very clean ! =)
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LauraThompsonArt Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
Ooooh I love Chinese stick ink, I have only just discovered it, but it is so lovely to work with. It's always fascinating seeing other peoples' work spaces, yours looks so neat and tidy!!!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It is indeed :aww: - provided it's a good quality inkstick.

Oh, and trust me, it's not tidy at all. :giggle:
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LauraThompsonArt Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
hee hee well it's a good imitation of tidy then!!
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aren't you so professional? ;p
[Of course you are! ;)]

Thanks for sharing a little glimpse of your world with us. :)
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meihua Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
:thumbsup: I love Chinese painting methods!
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing a glimpse of some of the tools you use. I have a weakness for interesting brushes, pens and pencils. I have some similar brush rests stored somewhere, probably with the ink and inkstone. I haven't ground ink in a very long time.
Very nice!
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evanjensen Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I cool glimpse of the working materials of Mr. Himmapaan.
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HypotheticalTextiles Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Such a lovely picture - it seems that everything you touch is beautiful!
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PRFury Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:jawdrop: gorgeous!!!!
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the blue and whites the brushes are resting on. :D
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nydwyngreendragon Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Tell me more about that round inkstone you have- I've never seen one like it.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a lovely simple lidded stone; inexpensive too. The centre is raised for grinding and the outer 'trough' holds the water. This and another rectangular stone are the ones I use more regularly. I have a number of other rather more costly inkstones which are beautifully carved. I daren't actually use those!
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nydwyngreendragon Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I have a handful of the rectangular ones with an angle, but the shallow end always seems to dry out quickly. I'll be on the look out for the round one though!
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