Chinese Brush Painting Step-by-Step features 12 step-by-step projects that teach readers to paint a range of popular subjects using traditional Chinese inks, brushes, and papers. Sumi-E, or Chinese brush painting, is admired and emulated by artists the world over. This beautiful and inspiring book shows painters of all interests and skill levels how to achieve the fluid, spontaneous style of this unique art form. An introductory chapter explains the traditional materials used with this style of painting, its subjects, and its composition. There is also an in-depth section on technique that covers everything from holding brushes to mastering brush strokes. The projects gradually increase in difficulty, and feature such subjects such as swallows, bamboo, wild orchids, plum blossoms, pandas, horses, peonies, and more.