How do I use my Chinese Calligraphy set?

How do I use my Chinese Calligraphy set? Topic: Fountain pens writing paper
July 17, 2019 / By Carter
Question: I got a Chinese Calligraphy set a few years ago now, when I was quite young and have found it again recently. Now being a lot older I really want to be able to use this set to its full potential, but it didn't come with any instructions on how to use it or what each of the items are for. I have a picture here http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v110/laplinp/310820091016.jpg of what is in it (except the brushes) would anyone be able to help me?
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Allin Allin | 3 days ago
Brushes or pens can be used with the ink. The flat stone part is an ink stone... You also probably got an ink stick (might have paper wrapped around it with ornate writing???) Take a few drops of water and put on the ink stone...take your ink stick and rub it back/forth, grinding out some ink. The more you grind it---darker it will get. You can use the brush to paint/draw...or if you have a dip pen, use a small brush to load the pen to write (cannot use in a fountain pen). There also might be a small square/round stamp and some red paint/container. That is a 'chop'...use it like a stamp into the red paint to sign your work. There are many paperback books that can teach you do paint/draw/write with the brush in a Chinese fashion if you wish. A great and not difficult skill to learn.
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To make ink, I take the ink stick, dip it in water and rub it against the ink stone in circular motions. Don't press hard, the ink will naturally melt right away (but gradually). I'm not sure what was in the set, so I don't know how to help you with the rest. But like the previous answerer suggested, you could always borrow a book from the library on traditional chinese painting/calligraphy (or guo hua).
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