Talking Seals

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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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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A painting by Huang Binhong.

Corner Seals

Bottom corner seals (In Chinese yajiaozhang 押角章) are just as the name implies—seals placed to mark the corners of the finished artwork.

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