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Chinese Art and Brush Painting-Getting Started Ideas

Updated on March 13, 2015

Chinese Brush Painting is An Easy Art Project for All Family Members

Chinese Brush Painting is an easy to learn skill that even young children can enjoy. Using simple art materials that you may even have most of on hand, you can create beautiful artwork that is worthy of framing.

We used a kit to get started but then you are only limited by your imagination. We have done paintings as gifts, invitations to parties, and great work for our art portfolios using Chinese brushes and watercolors.

The subject of Chinese brush paintings is always nature. Favorite subjects are flowers, trees, fish, birds, and landscapes. Using simple brush strokes, the painter created a piece of artwork that is calming and refreshing.

The Four Treasures (artist's materials):

1. Brush

2. Ink stick

3. Ink stone

4. Paper - traditionally rice paper

Simple is Beautiful

Simple is Beautiful
Simple is Beautiful

The Art Of China

These links will help your child find more information on ancient Chinese art. We are using these along with a study of Marco Polo. Then we used the Chinese Brush painting to follow-up the study of the art of Ancient China.

Easy Projects Make Kids Feel Successful!

Easy Projects Make Kids Feel Successful!
Easy Projects Make Kids Feel Successful!

Chinese Brush Painting

We enjoyed a few days of Chinese brush painting using this book.

Chinese Brush Painting Kit (Walter Foster Painting Kits)
Chinese Brush Painting Kit (Walter Foster Painting Kits)

This kit has a book, paints, brushes, paper, and more for your family to use. There are enough materials for many paintings.

Chinese Brush Painting Animals Kit (Walter Foster Painting Kits)
Chinese Brush Painting Animals Kit (Walter Foster Painting Kits)

This was a lot of fun for the boys to work with...we had great results.


Delicate Strokes

Delicate Strokes
Delicate Strokes

How To Paint a Tree

We enjoyed watching this video and then painting our own tree using chinese brushes and watercolors.

Painting Using the Kit Recommended Above

After one session of practice with the brush and paints, my fourteen year old son was able to follow the directions in the book to complete this painting. He really liked the results. I liked that it gave step by step instructions since this was a new art medium for our family.

I highly recommend getting the kit above.

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      Doc_Holliday 3 years ago

      I've been doing a bit of Chinese calligraphy lately. Not exactly outstanding but good fun.

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      McBub-Squidoo 5 years ago

      In ancient China, all the painters used brush to paint.

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Simply wonderful!

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      I love it that you encourage the arts in children. Angel blessed.

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      I love Asian art.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      "Simple is beautiful", perfect!

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      sarahrk lm 6 years ago

      Great Lens, beautiful artwork

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      Eva Varga 6 years ago from NorCal

      Awesome ... as always. Lensrolled to my Chinese Culture for Kids lens. :)

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      Interesting, I have dabbled with chinese brushes in the past but stayed too close to traditional chinese styles I think. I should try again using watercolours and apply the technique to my own styles. Thanks for the lens and for some inspiring ideas

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      I always know where to come for great art ideas!! Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Joy Neasley 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Here in China, it is everywhere. In Harbin, A friends grandfather did two beautiful brush paintings for me.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Interesting video about how to paint a tree.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Interesting video about how to paint a tree.

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      mannasugar 6 years ago

      Your art looks like photos....