My random notes on Chinese-style seal carving.

Talking Seals

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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Han Tianheng

The Chinese artist Han Tianheng (1940 – ) 韩天衡 is especially well-known for his use of the bird and insect script in his seal carving.

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Lin Mengrong

Six characters in a seal by contemporary Taiwan artist Lin Mengrong 林孟蓉 are from the third line of the Heart Sutra, “shed light on the five aggregates, and find them empty.”

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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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Hangzhou

Hangzhou

Hangzhou is known, along with nearby Suzhou, as one of the most beautiful cities in China. Suzhou is known for its gardens while Hangzhou lies

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