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Hand-made brushes

Have a look here for unique hand-made brushes.  Elizabeth was using the normal oriental brushes, and started making her own to push herself “out of her comfort zone” and to get new effects.  Could inspire us all to have a go!

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CBPS AGM Workshops

As part of a weekend of activities around our AGM, there will be a set of three CBP workshops on Friday 9th (PM) and Sunday 11th November (am & pm).  These workshops are open to members of CBPS.  There are still non-residential places available.  Contact CBPS to book.

CBPS member tutors Kaili Fu and Maggie Cross will teach CBP, and Dr Li Xuzhuang will teach calligraphy for use on free brush paintings.   There will be some creative evening activities, too.

Kaili will be using Xuan paper and a large white cloud brush – about 2” – and a 1.5” white cloud brush, a bamboo and orchid wolf hair brush and a fine brush.  Maggie will be using mulberry paper and a hake brush.   Mulberry paper will be available to buy.  Xuzhang will be using Xuan paper and grass paper and springy brushes such as Orchid & Bamboo or other wolf brushes, small to medium size.


The CBPS AGM 2018 will be on Saturday 10 November 2018, at Knuston Hall, Northamptonshire.

The AGM is for CBPS members only.  (Members may bring an individual guest to the afternoon talk, by prior arrangement).  This is a great chance to meet CBP friends, have lunch, and do a little shopping.

Louisa Yuen of Oriental Arts will be there, so you can browse her books, brushes and interesting papers.  There will also be second-hand books for sale, and a raffle.

The afternoon speaker will be Anne Haworth on the Phoenix at the fall of the Empire: Three Empresses of China.   Symbolised by the Phoenix, a bird of myth and legend, this talk focuses on the three Empresses who lived in the Forbidden City from the 18th century to the end of the Empire in 1911.

The October Newsletter will give details of timings for the day, and include the form for booking lunch and guests.

There is also a set of 3 workshops on Friday & Sunday.