I have a chinese calligraphy set it contains two brushes, one brush holder/stand, one tub of red waxy stuff, a black stick with a decorative dragon, a marble stick with a dog / tiger on it, a small white bowl,a small golden spoon and a mediumish sized grey dish. Could anyone explain how to use it?
The article that I point to below is a good place to start, but to really use your set, you need to get a teacher.
I’ll tell you a little bit about it. The black stick with the dragon is ink, called 墨 mò, and the grey dish is the inkstone, or 硯 yàn. You rub the ink onto the stone to make a powder, then you add some water and stir it with your brush. One of first things your teacher will teach is how to know how much ink to grind and how much water to add.
The marble stick holds the calligrapher’s seal, or 篆 zhuàn. It’s the character’s of your name engraved in reverse, on the bottom of the stick. You touch it to that waxy red stuff, the stamp it onto your paper to sign your calligraphy work. (It’s trick to apply the seal paste; if you press to hard you’ll make a big mess). The animal on the other end should be the animal for the year of your birth.