Traditional Chinese Pine Soot Ink Stick - Spring Branch Decoration
This pine soot ink stick is decorated with a spring branch and blossoms, comes in a decorative brocade box. Beautiful enough to give as a gift. Pine soot ink stick is made from the burnt pinewood and produces a matte finish. Unlike many other inks, it does not fade easily when exposed to light and is why ancient calligraphy painted with this ink still retain their color. Use this ink stick with an ink stone.
Tips on usage:
Water is usually kept in a ceramic container and sprinkled on the ink stone. Use one end of the ink stone to grind in a circular movement with a small amount of water. It's ready to use when the ink becomes very thick and dark. Don't use half ground ink. If a gray color is needed, add water to dilute it.
Wash out any leftover ink. Using ink left overnight ink will produce inferior tones.
Do not leave moisture on the ink stick. Wipe it immediately with a piece of rice paper
Type: Ink Stick Size: 9.8 x 2.3 x 1 cm (3.85" x 0.9" x 0.4") Color: Matte Black