Do I load the brush with ink directly or dip it in water first?

2008-09-24 — Good Characters (Leave a message)

Q. About washing the brush in water: I washed the brush initially and let it air dry. Now do I load it with ink directly or dip it in water first? Do I dip it in water and dry it a bit before dipping in ink? Or do I dip it in water, press out the water, and then load it with ink?

A. You can do either. I usually start with a bit of water. But calligraphy ink is quite watery, so you don’t have to dip the brush into water first. Try both and see which you like.