Talking Seals

Seal by Wang Shishen (1686-1762)

Try a Little Color

Most carvers will sign their name on the side of a finished seal. Depending on the color of the stone you may want to fill in these lines with paint.

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Try Gouache

Try using some red and white paint—gouache works well for this as it dries quickly and is water soluble—to experiment with seal modifications.

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Seal ink on stone

Cleaning Your Seal

The traditional way to clean a seal is, after use, to simply stamp it over and over on to scrap paper until nothing more appears.

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Happy Accidents

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

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