My random notes on Chinese-style seal carving.

Talking Seals

Happy Accidents

Happy accidents can occur when carving a seal and the blade slips unintentionally or the stone chips unexpectedly.

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Don’t Eat It!

The red color of seal ink comes from the mineral cinnabar, which is then made into the color known as vermillion—and it’s poisonous.

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Not Too Fine

If you sand down your seal stone for any reason don’t use too fine a grit of sandpaper.

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Not Too Tight

Unless you’re working on a very hard stone I suggest you wrap your seal stone in a bit of cloth, tissue, or soft leather before you clamp it into your seal vise.

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Seal Ruler

Although usually translated into English as a seal ruler (印規 yingui) this tool has nothing to do with taking measurements.

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China Academy of Art

China Academy of Art

The China Academy of Art was founded in 1928 as the first modern art academy in China. As the foremost art school in mainland China

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China Academy of Art

Day 5

Seal School: Day 5 Saturday 5 November 2011 There’s no class on the weekends so I’m free to explore the city. I want to use

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