Folk Stories via Lunar Year Pictures
What is Lunar Year Picture?
Lunar Year Pictures (年画Nián Huà) is a Chinese folk painting, which is often displayed inside a residential house or at the gate during the Spring Festival. The production method is usually wood engraving and then rubbing and coloring, but some are just hand-painted. It carries stories from generation to generation for thousands of years, especially stories about Chinese Gods for generations.
年画（Nián Huà）是一种中国民间绘画，是春节期间在私人住宅内或大门口展示的版画。制作方式通常是木质版刻后拓印上彩，但也有一些只是手绘。 它承载着千百年来世代相传的故事，尤其是关于中国神灵的故事。
Craftsmanship of Lunar New Year Picture
Woodblock New Year pictures have a long history in China. They first appeared in the Song Dynasty and have a history of more than a thousand years. There are many schools of woodblock New Year pictures in China, which can be divided into woodblock coloring, half-printed and half-painted, pure hand-painted, and other methods in terms of production techniques.
This time we experienced the technique of half-printing and half-painting, from drafting, composition, drawing, printing, plate rubbing, engraving, plate washing, paper embellishment, plate revision, color testing, calendering, every detail in our hands Each ink painting has gone through more than ten processes before it is made. The difference from the colored New Year pictures is that we need to manually color in order to complete the work in the later stage of the drawing.
The color usage habits of Chinese woodblock New Year paintings have their own characteristics in different regions, but the overall color is basically black plus five to six kinds of color pigments. The commonly used colors are scarlet, gamboge and grass green, supplemented by pink, purple, blue, and so on.
Although the traditional technique is half-printing and half-painting, we don’t have to stick to the form in our creative process. We can boldly try to use a single color for flat painting to create our unique style.
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Over the years,
YueShanXi collected Chinese Lunar New Year Pictures from all over China.
By further reviving these arts and crafts,
We wish you could feel their beauty just like time-traveling through our culture.