There are an almost infinite number of ways you could sign your painting once you have completed the image.
However, there are some standard ways which will be covered below. It is worth remembering that Chinese paintings traditionally consisted of more than just an image. Calligraphy has always been an essential element…
The main thing is to practice your standard signature or signatures with each sketch, element, draft or complete composition so that it comes easily when you need it. The less you need to think about the strokes, the more you can allow your style to assert itself and your signature to become alive.
- The simplest version is to simply apply a seal to your painting. More on seals later…
- The next version is to write your name as simply as possible. Acquiring a name is something that can take some time. For the purposes of this page we will have to assume you have your name ready so that we can look at the form. Your name would usually be followed by your seal:
3. The 3rd version is to add the word painted (huà) after your name and before the seal:
4. The 4th version is for those who wish to add more than just your first name. Traditionally you would add your family name before your first name:
More coming soon…
There are always questions with regard to Calligraphy so please get in touch if there is something I’ve not covered or not explained well. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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