For learning and practising SHODO,
being able to see the “CHUSHIN” – the middle point becomes quite essential.
The way of spacing and placing the characters does not sound so complicated – but
it takes many on going years to master the art of balancing,
the art of seeing the middle and the aesthetic of space.
Here I introduce the best way to train our eyes and also practice the sense of space.
This can be used for two and four character-texts.
You can only lightly fold the paper, it does not need to be too exact or tight.
I would suggest to fold the paper like below even from the warm-up practice.
And here is for 5-6 character-texts
紙 – KAMI – Calligraphy Papers
There are mainly two types of calligraphy papers:
Chinese Paper /KARA-KAMI 唐紙
and Japanese Paper /WASHI 和紙
We can find various types of Kara-kami papers and Washi papers.
And the most common and suitable paper for Shodo is called:
Xuan Paper /SENSHI 宣紙
– Chinese Xuan Paper / CHUGOKU ESEN 中国画仙
made in China
the main raw materials are straw, bamboo, mulberry..
and the characteristics are thin and its ink blurring abilities.
Ink absorption is quite high.
It is also suitable for Sumie – ink painting
– Japanese(Xuan)Paper / WAGASEN 和画仙
made in Japan, one of the Washi types.
the main raw materials are gum-pi tree, hemp, mulberry, rice straw..
the characteristics are thick and its less ink blurring abilities.
The ink absorption is less high than Chinese Xuan paper.
The essence of ink colour appears directly on paper.
It is suitable for thin calligraphy, Kana or Etegami* here I note only papers for calligraphy