Chinese Brush Painting Technique
the following lesson is excerpted from: Chinese Brush Painting: An Instructional Guide
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Loading Colors

The spontaneous blending of contrasting colors within one stroke is one of the most exciting qualities of brush painting. The following steps are crucial:

Before loading colors, wet the brush tip and dry with paper towel. Then dip the tip 1/3 into water two to three times, and stroke off the excess moisture.

Load each color two to three times, each time stronger than before and at a shorter length than before so that variation can occur within each color.

After each loading, press the tip of the brush on the saucer and stir a llittle to mix the colors.

The first color (the base color) is usually the weakest and goes into the bristle at the deepest length (about 1/3 of the bristle). The successive colors (tip colors) are thicker and shorter on the bristle(about 1/4 of the bristle).

The best variation is achieved by using the bristle body, as well as the tip of the brush (by pressing and oblique positioning the bristle). If a stroke is done only with the tip, only the tip color will show, and then what on earth do we need to go through such an extensive loading process for?

In many cases, the painting is done with the tip half of the brush. If colors go beyond 1/2 length, most shapes will be hard-edged and rigid.

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