Book Review: Chinese Calligraphy Made Easy

Book Review: Chinese Calligraphy Made Easy
Title: Chinese Calligraphy Made Easy: A Structured Course in Creating Beautiful Brush Lettering
Author: Rebecca Yue
Published: 2005, Watson-Guptill Publications
No. of pages: 160
Cover Price: $ 24.95 US

If you are interested in Chinese Calligraphy and don’t know where or how to start, don’t worry. You are not alone and I’m here to help you.

Recently I came across a book by Rebecca Yue, “Chinese Calligraphy Made Easy”. Learning something from books can be difficult sometimes, especially if you have no idea what you are dealing with. There might be times where you get frustrated and this as well as not being able to ask an instructor can lead to giving up. With this book you can have a great start with Chinese Calligraphy without needing to consult an instructor.

The book is divided into six chapters, with each chapter including several lessons. In the introduction of the book, you can find a summary of the development of Chinese calligraphy over time. In the first chapter the author explains the materials needed for calligraphy. You can find detailed information about the calligraphy brushes and where to use them. Also, you will find information about types of paper and ink that you are going to need.You will continue to learn about the history of these materials as you read.

After the introduction of materials and before the basic techniques, the preparation phase and the methods to hold and use the brushes are explained in writing and with graphics and pictures as well. Once you are done with the important basics, you are ready to start having fun!

The great thing about this book is, as you learn the techniques or brushstrokes, you are able to apply what you learn right away. There are some easy art projects that you can create with what you just learned in the chapter. You can create traditional writing book, you can make greeting cards etc. You can make anything. Since I had the book, I followed the instructions in the book and I made bookmarks with different words on them and gave them to my friends as gifts. They adored the bookmarks and also, they were impressed! There are many words or sentences in the book that you can choose from when doing your art project.

As stated in the title of the book, Chinese Calligraphy is really made easy in this book. If you are interested in doing some art work while having fun and meditating with easy instructions to apply and learn, this book is definitely for you.

This book was purchased with my own funds and no promotion was solicited from the author or Publisher.

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