Learn the basics of Chinese calligraphy! In this live online, step-by-step workshop, you will:
Learn how to write a traditional Chinese character
Learn traditional tools and techniques
Start to discover your calligraphy handwriting style
Go behind the scenes with artist Rayna Lo on her art process
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get supplies?
Supply kits, which include:
Black sumi ink (2oz)
Hanshi rice paper pack (100 sheets)
Calligraphy Brush 9/32” x 11/16” (CA2 model from Yasutomo)
Custom calligrpahy character guide
are available in my shop and can be purchased with workshop registration for 10% off both items. I am working directly with Yasutomo to ensure that the necessary supplies are affordable because I believe art should be accessible to all. No need to purchase supplies if you already have them.
Supplies will be shipped to you prior to start of workshop and will last you beyond the workshop. Calligraphy guides in pdf format will be available for download and will also be included in the kits. If you need paper copies of calligraphy guides but not the kit, send me an email and I can mail paper copies to you at no charge.
Please be sure to order the supplies prior to the start of the workshop. For US domestic shipments, kits are shipped 2-Day Priority Mail via USPS. However, please order the supplies at least a week prior to start in the event of shipping delays, weekends, and holidays.
Do I need to have any art skills?
Absolutely not. No experience necessary. Just an open mind to learn!
What will set up look like?
Stable Internet connection is required. If joining via mobile, the Zoom app will need to be downloaded. Please sign into Zoom prior to class to make sure all plug-ins are downloaded.
You will also need the following:
Cup/jar of water for brush dipping
Small saucer for the ink
Newspaper/scrap paper to prevent ink from bleeding onto your table surface (washes off with water)
Here is an example of what my set up looks like:
*Color will not be used for the traditional Chinese calligraphy workshop *That is a rhinoceros beetle encased in resin and is a paper weight
Can I request characters to write?
Absolutely! Please send me an email at Rayna@raynalo.com and I’ll see what we can do!
In case there are any allergies, what are the supplies made of and where are they sourced?
Yasutomo products are part of American KUSA Corporation, located in Southern California, and is a member of the Kotobuki Group based in Kawagoe, Japan. Products are made in Japan.
Water-resistant sumi ink is permanent and made from high quality vegetable soot. Ink contains a small amount of shellac, which allows for unique glazing capabilities. Ink can easily wash off surfaces with water. Empty container is recyclable. Made in Japan.
Hanshi Rice Paper
Rice paper is made with very long fibers from the mulberry tree making them very strong, yet lightweight and durable. Size is 9 1/2” x 13” and is recyclable. Made in Japan.
Set in bamboo, the brush is made with a combination of horse, badger, and sheep hair. Other branded brushes can be made of wolf hair.
How do I care for the brush?
After each use, gently run brush under warm water and lay out flat to dry or hang dry before storing. Brush also comes with a loop for hanging.