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Sidewalk Calligraphy

To practice sidewalk calligraphy, all you need is a brush, a canvas, ink, and Chinese characters to write.

  • The "brush" is made from PVC pipe, a empty soda bottle, and high density foam. For instructions, see: How to make a sidewalk calligraphy brush!
  • The “canvas” can be any sidewalk, parking lot, driveway…
  • And the “ink” is just water, which dries in minutes on a warm day, so there is no pressure to be perfect!

In the video demonstration, instructors and staff at the Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas are writing a line from a famous Tang Dynasty poem in the parking lot of the University of Kansas Edwards Campus.




Have fun writing huge characters!

writing Chinese characters can be fun for all ages


“Sidewalk calligraphers” in China often write poetry with water in the dust on public sidewalks, often in parks. After the water dries, the “canvas” can be used again right away.

For more examples, here are a few videos:


Writing "Jayhawk"



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