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Thousand Character Classic

千字文篆刻計劃





Step 1: Polish and Prepare

The first step of carving is to smooth the stone and its surface.
Use #600 sandpaper to grind up the surface, then move on to #1000, #1500, and #2000 for more detailed work. Add water intermittently during this process to help smooth out the texture. When the stone surface becomes very fine, use #3000 and #5000 sandpaper for final polish.The stone has become a seal. It is ready.


Step 2: Write, words carved in the bones and engraved in the heart

Good words are carved with sincerity to express positivity and to move the soul. Words below such caliber are not worthy to be passed on.


Step 3: Carve, to be bold and conscious

The most important part of carving a seal is knife work. Be bold and stay conscious. There are many methods of carving; listen to your mind and channel your thoughts through the motion of your hands. See the engraving slowly emerge on the 1 inch square seal.  Inhale, exhale. Listen to the collapsing sound of carving.


Step 4: Check every stroke, every detail and make modifications

Be patient, check, examine and process every detail. Sand down the stubbornness, polish your merits, add in some personality, be well-read, be bold, stay patient, and work towards a positive result.

The process of carving is about self-fulfillment--it is mundane and requires self-discipline. Those who learn to inhale and exhale at ease can master the art of the carving.


 果珍李柰,菜重芥薑 (guo zhen li nai, cai zhong jie jiang) is a phrase from the Thousand Character Classic, a Chinese epic poem of exactly 1000 words; each word in the poem only appears once, composed in four line rhyming stanza structure. The classic is based on Confucius thought and narrates a range of topics, including astronomy, geography, social studies, history, ethics and governance of the family.

 The phrase 果珍李柰,菜重芥薑 literally translates as: the crab apple and the plum are the most precious of all fruit; the mustard leaf and ginger are the most important of all vegetables. The phrase points to the health benefits that plants can bring to a person’s life.

步驟一打磨拋光,旨在準備成石
篆刻的第一個步驟是打磨拋光石材。石材以及印面整理得夠好,才能成為一方兼具觀賞與實用價值的印石。研磨可以從600度砂紙進行粗磨,接著以1000度、1500度、2000度砂紙加水滋細潤磨表面刻痕,再以3000度、5000度將表面毛細孔磨至光滑。或施以青棒將印石外觀拋光。印石於此時呈現光透狀態。

步驟二撰寫印稿, 寫下刻骨銘心至誠之言
金玉良言對我來說,就是在印面上留下至誠肺腑之言。
若非正向與撼動人心,不足刻矣。


步驟三篆刻,大膽下刀,細心修
篆刻的重頭戲就是在有限的空間裡,善用各種刀法,大刀闊斧,並且刀下留情。
收與放之間,端看治印之人隨心所欲。收放與氣息吐納相互搭配,必能刻出一方真情流露的印章。


步驟四鈐印,反覆印證,最終能修成正果
鈐蓋的目的在於反覆檢驗自己的刀法,一刀一刀修正;一點一點成熟。
修成正果實在不是一件難事,只求耐心。


磨去頑固、拋光優點、注入性格、飽讀詩書、大刀闊斧、耐心修正、修成正果。
篆刻之步驟,正如修行一般,平凡且充滿磨練。唯收放自如者,方能游刃有餘。



 果珍李柰,菜重芥薑是《千字文》裡的其中一句短語。
《千字文》以儒家思想為主體,兼納天文地理、社會歷史及君子治家處身之道。
是一篇由一千個不重複的漢字組成的一首四言長詩。
暇瑕設定在今年內完成《千字文》的篆刻計畫。

 果珍李柰,菜重芥薑的白話解釋:在水果裡最珍貴的就是李子和柰子,而蔬菜裡最重要的就是芥菜和薑。
兩句話表達了植物對人們生活健康的作用。



☯ ABOUT

Ebix


Ebix (Ebi Tsai)  devotes herself to practicing and promoting Chinese calligraphy and seal carving.

Her Chinese name 暇瑕, pronounced as xiá xiá, means perfect imperfection.

Life is meaningful when you embrace the imperfection of yourself. Beauty is created through experiencing life.

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暇瑕


致力於推廣中國書法以及篆刻。並將其導入日常生活裡。
暇瑕取其perfect imperfection當成工作室的座右銘;
生活不需刻意追求完美,美感是由體驗生活產生的。



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