This set is not intended as a course in Chinese calligraphy, but includes only the tools and materials necessary - with the exception of paper, which is not included. Paper used for Chinese and Japanese calligraphy may be purchased from most art supply stores. The list of items included in this set is very specific and does not include an instruction manual. If you're unfamiliar with Chinese (or Japanese) calligraphy, it would be necessary to purchase an instruction book. Many are available at various price points and may be purchased from any large bookseller. This is a nice, reasonably priced set that would make an excellent gift with the inclusion of an instruction book and paper.
I received this and found it to be very nice. What do people expect for 25.00. Seriously! I found it charming! Delicate perhaps, all of my items were in tact. But when thinking of using it I feel transported to another time. Can buy other inks later on.
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