Getting Started

Chinese-Brush-Painters-Society-Getting-StartedHere is an introduction to the ‘Four Treasures’ – Paper, Brushes, Ink and Ink Stones – plus other useful items such as colours, “Scholar objects”, and books.

Brushes for free brush painting
Brushes for Lingnan painting
Brushes for Gongbi painting
More about Brushes
Know your brushes
Ink and Ink Stones
Washing Your Inkstone
Introduction to Chinese colours
Marie colour tube numbers
Sakura colour tube numbers
Other Equipment
Chinese Seals
Books for beginners
More books

Chinese Painting materials are not expensive. However, it is best to buy good quality. Western art shops often have only very basic materials and brushes, so we usually suggest that you try the Suppliers listed here.
CBPS Member Teacher Paul Maslowski has created a total beginners CBP kit which comes with his video introduction to CBP.
This is currently available through Paul directly.

Books are a good source of ideas and techniques, but no substitute for live tuition. Have a look for teachers, courses and colleges  and  regional CBP groups. If you can’t find anything suitable contact us and tell us where you are based.

To get you started, have a look at these tutorials, and our unique Calligraphy Book.

If you need more information, then contact us.

Note: these details are provided for information. The Chinese Brush Painters Society is not responsible for the quality or appropriateness of items supplied.  Orders from overseas may incur customs duty.