The Lovely World of Chinese Calligraphy

Zhenshu calligraphy Zhenshu (“regular style”)
          calligraphy, written by the emperor Huizong (reigned
          1100–1125/26), Bei (Northern) Song dynasty, China; in the
          National Palace Museum, Taipei. Courtesy of the National
          Palace Museum, Taipei

Zhenshu Calligraphy (Regular Style)
This calligraphy was written by the emperor Huizong, Bei Song dynasty, China.
Image: The National Palace Museum, Taipei
In Zhenshu, each line, square, dot, and so on can be shaped to the artist's desire.

Cangjie is known as the inventor of Chinese writing. Many say his characters are inspired by the footprints of animals, and other natural happenings.
Here are some of the simple images he created:


" The fundamental inspiration of Chinese calligraphy, as of all arts in China, is nature. In regular script each stroke, even each dot, suggests the form of a natural object. As every twig of a living tree is alive, so every tiny stroke of a piece of fine calligraphy has the energy of a living thing. Printing does not admit the slightest variation in the shapes and structures, but strict regularity is not tolerated by Chinese calligraphers, especially those who are masters of the caoshu. A finished piece of fine calligraphy is not a symmetrical arrangement of conventional shapes but, rather, something like the coordinated movements of a skillfully composed dance—impulse, momentum, momentary poise, and the interplay of active forces combining to form a balanced whole. "

dé - virtue, ethics

jiā - home, family

ān - peace

chūn - spring

mèng - dream

mén - gate, door

yǒng - perpetual, forever

yǔ - rain

bǎo - treasure

bǐ - pen, brush

Information from Britannica.
This is a Sunday Site by Plural.
Inspired by watching a lot of yanghaiying.