Oil or acrylic are is popular in Western art, while Chinese ink is used in traditional Chinese painting. The ink was produced by a mixture of pine soot and animal glue originally. In most cases, the ink comes in the form of thick black sticks and used in combination with an ink stone. The way it used is largely different from that of the printer ink used today. The painter will wet the ink stone and then grind the ink brush on the stone, wetting the stick, and making the ink run so that it can be used for painting.
Most of the artworks in ancient China were done on the silk paper. However, the silk paper was quite expensive so only very important documents and paintings will use such kind of paper. By the first century, when the early form of paper was invented, it became much cheaper to write or paint.
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