Chinese ink stick with a dragon and phoenix wrapped around it and measuring approximately 6 x 1 x 1 inches.
This is a large size calligraphy ink stick suitable for Chinese calligraphy painting, it has a dragon and phoenix wrapped around the ink stick and measures approximately 6x1x1 inches. Chinese ink sticks have been used for thousands of years to create ink for calligraphy and watercolor paintings.
Though bottled ink has become very popular in recent years the traditional ink stick is still a favorite for several reasons, one is because it has an unlimited shelf life, and can be used for many years without any problems. Another reason is it's easy portability, these ink sticks won't spill, burst, break or suffer any of the fates that befall liquid inks.
To use the ink sticks you simply add a little water to an ink well and rub the ink stick on the bottom until the desired amount of ink has been released. Continue to mix the ink until it is smooth and ready for use, the resulting ink is a high quality ink excellent for both calligraphy and watercolor painting styles.
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