An art-name (simplified Chinese: 号; traditional Chinese: 號; pinyin: hào; Japanese gō; Korean: ho; Vietnamese: hiệu) is a pseudonym, or penname used by an artist. Chinese artists adopted different art-names at different stages of their career, usually to mark significant changes in their life. That is why many Asian master painters or calligraphers have multiple art names.
For artist name seals, you may use either square or oval shaped stones, positive or negative carving styles, ancient or modern scripts depending on your personal artistic tastes. Deferent size of seal maybe used depending on the size of signature calligraphy and also on the size of painting or the style of painting. A small seal can be used on large size paintings but large size of seal may not fit in small size painting.
To translate English names into Chinese art name, we could use both first and last names, or only a first or a last. To order a personalized art name seal for yourself here are the procedure:
1)Please visit http://www.blueheronarts.com/index.php?cPath=8 and place the order with a stone, carving service and a red ink(optional).
2)Send me your names or phrase to be translated and any other information.
3) I will communicate with you about the translation or creation of your Chinese Art name and the make three preview designs in both yin and yang styles(2×3=6 images) for you to choose from.
4)After your approval of the preview design, I will actually carve the stone seal and the process will be recorded on video camera and posted on Youtube.
5) I will finish your seal within three working days in the USA and mailed it with a nice brocade silk box.
1. Get a Chinese name software at
2. Online Chinese Etymology online dictionary at
3. Chinese Name Seal Generator:
4. The largest Chinese Seal Database
5.The Yale website where you can download the fonts: http://www.yale.edu/chinesemac/pages/fonts.html
6. If you want to order your personalized Chinesename seal on soapstone please visit http://www.BlueHeronArts.com
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