Talking Seals

Seal ink paddle

Seal Paddle

Good quality seal ink is often sold along with a small paddle called, in Chinese, yinzhu 印箸 or “seal chopsticks.”

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Shallow seal in containers

Flat Ink

There are several problems with the seal ink commonly sold in small flat tins or in small, shallow ceramic bowls.

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Buying Seal Ink

A frequent question is where to buy seal ink and, unfortunately for many, the answer is to buy from an art supply store in China.

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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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