Small seal script (小篆) is a member of large script family, known as seal script (篆書). The latter splits into great seal script (大篆), and small seal script. Seal script family of scripts is the most ancient one in the history of Chinese calligraphy scripts. Small seal script is the youngest of them all.
Nevertheless, the writing rules of the small seal script are among the most strict ones in Chinese calligraphy. Small seal script requires great precision in operating of the brush tip, very steady hand (especially when written with the suspended art technique).
The part one of the series on small seal script's rules of writing, focuses on a few basic rules. First, all and any strokes in the small seal script ought to be written slowly. Secondly, the brush needs to stay at a 90 degrees angle to the paper surface at all times. Lastly, the horizontal strokes should not slant, like they do in standard script (楷書), to give only one example. Watch the below video for more details.
Writing in small seal script is a true form of meditation. Only when the mind is calm, the brush will be steady. Through its diligent studies, one can truly appreciate the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy.
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