Be peaceful and at ease, so imagination and aspiration can flash. With the fist hollow and the wrist level, the fingers firm and the palm void, start to write if idea appears. Space out and align characters evenly. Thin ink downgrades the expression, whereas thick ink obstructs the brush movement. A fat stroke produces blunt impression, while a thin stroke produces bony impression. Feeble brushwork weakens an expression; however, don't pretend to be vigorous with affected fury. Write characters square and strokes in proper length and moderate thickness. Don't make characters top-heavy, or lopsided. Keep in mind that the strokes that at the top are the weight, that at the bottom are the support, that at the left are the starter, and that at the right are the response.
Ouyang Xun (557 - 641)
Ouyang, one of Four Tang Masters, had several treatises on handwriting. This one shows his promotion of conventional regular script.Home | Contact | Rice Paper