At our recent Zen Brush calligraphy group we brushed a lot of strokes and had fun laying out the kanji.
The text we copied was the first line of Chapter seven of Lao Tzu’s mystical Tao Te Ching (道德經 The Way of Virtue Classic, expressing spontaneity and naturalness in how we live our life with others) – about the eternal duration of heaven and earth, and we explored it by brushing four kanji in the hanshi sized paper ✨
Blair showed participants how to fold the paper, find a good balance between the characters, and how and where to add their name. Everyone really enjoyed the challenge of brushing four kanji in the single page and expressing some of the poem (which one person described as sublime) in their own inky brushstrokes. Some participants kindly sent pictures of their shodo, thank you.