Calligraphy 4 How to do a circle

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This week we practised The Circle.

As with all the other strokes, the circle is not supposed to be perfect (luckily). So that’s why it’s not made in one smooth uninterrupted stroke. I don’t think the aim is to have the exact same thickness all the way around either.

So just as we were taught to do straight strokes, we practised pressing the brush down firmly and painting a small section of the circle then lifting the brush slightly before pressing down again using another side of the brush to continue.

This gives more of a quirky, natural line – I think it’s a bit like a learner driver hiccuping around a roundabout (the wrong way). But on the other hand, it should probably feel calmer than that – more like a sedate waltz around the dance floor, perhaps.

I’ve been enjoying these practice sessions, but I was still glad to hear that next week we are going to start working on actual Chinese characters. 😉  

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