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Recording of Iris Gongbi Painting Workshop DOWNLOAD[vic_lesson_X]


This is a recording of Victoria's Workshop on Aug 23, 2022. with Victoria Li. It is now available for purchase. You may download it or watch it online, and you may also sumit your finished work for critique by email.  

Tulips Calligraphy and Gongbi Painting July Workshop with Victoria Li

Subject Matter: Beautiful Tulips in Calligraphy and Gongbi Painting

Class Description 

Gongbi elaborate-style painting is a kind of art that, when you watch others doing, it looks tedious and boring, but, when you do it yourself, it’s very meditating and relaxing. Although it is time consuming to finish a Gongbi painting, the success rate is much higher than free-hand painting.  The techniques you gain from Gongbi practice will provide a solid foundation for other styles of brush painting.  

The characters we will use for calligraphy inscription are 美麗的紫鸢尾 beautiful purple iris.  This format of beautiful (some flower) could be also used for other flower paintings.

No experience required. Individual attention to beginner and advanced.

Class Schedule

9:00-10:00AM Calligraphy practice in four styles: Standard, walking, cursive, clerical.

10:00-10:30AM Basic Gongbi Painting Skills

(1)   To learn how to hold two brushes in one hand (one brush with color; the other with clean water).

(2)   Practice one flower petal to learn the techniques of ink outline and color washing steps:

Three basics way: 1. Separated washing, 2. glazing, 3. Highlighting.

I will demonstrate the process, and you paint along.

10:30AM-12:00PM Work on the entire sample painting, starting from making your own outline template. (10 minutes break around 11:30)

12:00-12:30 Critic in class for each student no matter how much you have finished.

You may need some more time after class to refine the painting, and for calligraphy, you need to practice more and then to put it on the painting.  

The reasons to study calligraphy and Gongbi painting together in a workshop:  

1.      They both emphasize on line quality, so it will benefit each other in terms of brush control.

2.      The coloring of Gongbi painting is very similar to western style watercolor painting, but they are quite different in composition and brush strokes. Chinese brush calligraphic and gongbi painting will make your watercolor painting more exquisite.   

 Material list:

1) None-absorbent Paper:  For each workshop I will use 2 pieces of 13.5’’x9’’ sized Xuan paper. 

 Cicada-wing-sized-xuan is highly recommended for easy tracing and more sized in getting sharper lines:

If you do like shimmering mica you may use sized-single-xuan-rice-paper-without-mica 

2) Brushes:

One liner brush: Renbo Nian's Brush: 

Or Seven-wolf-three-sheep brush:


In addition to the liner you need three Basic brushes: one soft hair for water, one stiff brush for color, and a small for details.


3) Color and ink :

Marie’s 12 color tubes:


4) Light box :  9.5’’X12’’  (optional)

5) Reference Book: a copy of the page from the reference book will be provided in class handout. 


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