Rod ink

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Rubbing stone with rod ink

The Inkstick ( Chinese  墨條  /  墨条 , Pinyin mòtiáo ), also block ink ( 墨錠  /  墨锭 , Moding ) called, serves as a solid form for storage and transportation of ink ( Chinese   , Pinyin , Jap. , sumi , kor. , meok ). It is one of the most important materials in Far Eastern calligraphy and painting .

Together with the paper , the writing brush and the rubbing stone, it is one of the four treasures of the room of scholars .

Stick ink is made from lamp soot and binding agent and processed into ink sticks, which have to be rubbed with water on a rubbing stone until the desired consistency of the ink is reached. There are also cheaper, bottled ready-to-use inks, but these are mainly used for exercise purposes. Ink sticks are considered to be of higher quality, and the chemical inks tend to fade, which is why they are less suitable for scroll paintings.

Used in Japanese calligraphy

Learning how to properly rub ink is an important part of studying Japanese calligraphy . Traditionally only black ink is used, but modern artists sometimes also use color. Calligraphy teachers also use light orange ink to write practice signs for students and correct their work.

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