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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Four character seal

Where Does It Start?

Chinese is traditionally written from top to bottom in columns that are read from right to left, in other words beginning in the top right corner and continuing to the bottom left corner.

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