Double Happiness - Chinese Happy Marriage - Print Scroll

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 28.2cm x 36cm  ≈  11" x 14¼"

Silk/Brocade: 37.3cm x 92.5cm  ≈  14¾" x 36½"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 46.3cm  ≈  18¼"

Double Happiness - Chinese Happy Marriage - Print Scroll close up view

Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll


Double Happiness

Chinese Calligraphy Scroll

This features a double happiness character giclee printed on fine red xuan paper with gold flecks. In the background is also printed a very subtle longevity or long life symbol. The images make the gold flecks look more vivid than they really are - I had the camera flash set a bit high.

A double happiness symbol is a common gift for Chinese couples getting married or newly married couples. A wall scroll like this is a unique and special way to give a newlywed couple double happiness.

As we say in the west, "Two heads are better than one" Well, in the east, two "happinesses" are certainly better than one.

This is not really a character that is pronounced very often - it's almost exclusively used in written form. However, if pressed, most Chinese people will pronounce this "shuang xi" (double happy) although literally there are two "xi" characters combined in this calligraphy (but nobody will say "xi xi").

In Chinese, "xi" is pronounced like "she" but with your tongue sitting in the bottom of your mouth and your teeth slightly open (there is no sound in English exactly like this).

My Little Experiment

New Print Scrolls Hanging

A new batch of printed calligraphy scrolls, hanging in the studio, awaiting proper photography.

I felt like messing around with doing some giclée print calligraphy with various backgrounds. I came up with some layouts that I really like, and passed them around with my Chinese and Japanese friends who gave them rave reviews.

After giclée printing them on Japanese-made kozo paper, I sent the raw artwork off to Beijing to my workshop where they were built into wall scrolls by hand.

If you want a custom print scroll with your design, or other calligraphy, just contact me.