The Flat Brush script (simplified Chinese: 漆书; traditional
Chinese: 漆書 pinyin: qī shū) is a writing style in Chinese
calligraphy that was created by
Jin Nong (simplified Chinese: 金农;
traditional Chinese: 金農) during the Qing dynasty. The writing
style is a mix of the clerical script of the Han dynasty and the
regular script of the Wei dynasty; these two writing styles make the
Flat Brush script a unique writing style in Chinese calligraphy. The
technique used to write in the flat brush script is very different
from the other writing styles. It has to be written using a flat brush
and not the regular
East Asian writing brush.
About the creator
Jin Nong was highly knowledgeable on Chinese calligraphy. His
calligraphy was the best among the Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou.
Especially his clerical script and semi-cursive script, his works have
unique and ingenious aesthetics. After the age of 50, he began to
deviate from the norm and used his calligraphic knowledge to create
the Flat Brush script.
Jin Nong used a special ink that he made by
himself, and he also used a special brush for the Flat Brush script.