A once stable hand, now trembles. Doing calligraphy has become a greater challenge.

Right Hand Trembling

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It’s been about 4-5 weeks since my right hand has been trembling uncontrollably. Yes, it’s just my right hand. It has nothing to do with coffee or sleep. Regardless of how much coffee I drink (or don’t drink), and regardless of the amount of sleep I get, my right hand – and only my right hand – will tremble. A …

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Write Like a Scribe

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These few days, I’ve been reading a book so that I can submit a book review to a journal. It’s often the case that academic books can get rather boring. I decided the best way to make things interesting is to attempt calligraphy while I make annotations. So I took out my trusty dip nib a bottle of ink! My …

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Fountain Pen Nib Grinding

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Well, once again, I’ve ground another fountain pen nib. I was experimenting with it to see if I could get a thin nib, but that didn’t go well. So, to salvage the situation, I ground it further to get a calligraphy tip. As you can see, the tip is not round as a ball anymore. What can you do with …

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Calligraphy Experimentation with a Fountain Pen

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I recently figured out how to create thick and thin lines with a fountain pen using a ball-tip nib. Here’s an attempt. Unfortunately, the paper I used wasn’t very good, so you can see some ink bleeds. “Do nothing and everything will be done.” It’s a very loose paraphrasing of the Daodejing, 37: “The Dao does nothing, yet leaves nothing …

My New Workspace Arrangement!

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For me, having a nicely set-up workspace is very important for productivity. It’s not just about having the right tools but it’s also about having the right aesthetic set-up for the most conducive yet enjoyable environment to work in. After all, if I’m going to spend several hours “photosynthesizing” in front of my monitor, I might as well plant myself …

Fountain Pen Nib Grinding

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I’ve been a huge fan of fountain pens. The writing is really smooth, and the best part is that it’s very ergonomic! I’ve read articles on the internet about how the increased usage of computers has conditioned us to hold the pen like a mouse, gripping the pen with far too much force than is necessary, thus straining our wrist. It’s …

Name Seal

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If you’ve been reading my blog in the past weeks, you would know that I’ve been trying very hard to carve my own name seal using wood and stone. Unfortunately, these projects have all been very painful failures. The stone one was promising until I chipped off a large piece of it in the middle – just when it was …

Bamboo on a Full Moon

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The holidays is a great time to practice art. Recently, I borrowed 3 books on calligraphy painting from the library. Got the idea to paint this a picture in one of the books. It’s far from an exact replica. The original picture is far more complicated (and the moon is perfectly round compared to this =P ). Thus far, the …

National Day Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition 2011

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My calligraphy teacher invited me to this exhibition today at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Cultural Centre. It was simply amazing. Today was the opening ceremony and so all the Chinese calligraphers and painters who contributed their works to the exhibit, and their friends were all present. To stand in the midst of the various Singaporean masters in calligraphy and painting …

Calligraphy Lessons!

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I just attended my first Chinese calligraphy lesson yesterday! Several months back, I thought that I could learn Chinese calligraphy on my own through the internet and some books. But I was wrong. It’s very difficult to make good progress without the aid of a teacher. As it turns out, this teacher is quite a famous calligrapher who has been …