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顏色 is kind of a weird selection for a wall scroll but we added it to our database at the request of a customer.
顏色 means "color" in Chinese. However, in Japanese, it would mean complexion, countenance, or expression. The last character is used alone in Japanese (and sometimes in Chinese with/as an adjective/modifier) to mean "color."
紺 is a slightly-rare Chinese and old Korean title for the color violet or purple.
In Japanese, this refers to a very deep blue color.
紅 is a single character that means red in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
The perceived meaning of this character can be ambiguous. Most will see it as the color red but it can also mean Communist (just like it can in English). In Japanese, it can be a female given name "Rena," or refer to red silk lining. In Chinese, red is a good luck color, and can refer to a bonus or revolutionary.
灰色 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for the color gray.
This can also mean ash gray, grizzly, pessimistic, gloomy, dispirited, ambiguous (not black and white), and the alternate spelling, grey.
黑 is the color black in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean Hanja.
In some context, this can mean "dark" or "evil."
There is an alternate form of this character which is commonly used in modern Japan (shown to the right). If you want this alternate/Japanese form, just click on the character to the right, instead of the button above.
赤 can represent the color scarlet, red, or crimson.
In some special contexts, it can also mean naked, whole, total, perfect, obvious, or the Japanese surname, Sekizaki.
橙 is the single-character version of orange. This can refer to the color orange, or the fruit (Just like in English). Sometimes it can refer to a whole orange tree. In botany, it can refer to bitter orange (Citrus aurantium).
In Japanese, this is sometimes pronounced as Chen, and used as a female given name. When pronounced as Daidai or Kabuchi, it can be a surname in Japanese.
青 is nature's color. 青 can refer to forest green, greenish-blue, or greenish black.
青 and color represent nature, youth, young people.
In the same way, we refer to green bananas and the rookie being green, the same is true in Chinese and Japanese, where, in a certain context, this can mean immature, unripe, or young.
In Japan, this can also be a female given name "Haru." It can also be used as a given name (for either sex) in China.
紫 is the single-character Chinese, Japanese and old Korean title for the color violet / purple.
The difference between violet and purple is not really distinguished in Asian languages. However, sometimes a character for "light" is added to the front of this one, which might be closer to the meaning of violet.
褐 is the most simple way to express brown in Chinese. It also means brown in Japanese but this character is not often written alone in Japanese (they would tend to write 褐色 (brown color) to refer to brown, or the color of tanned skin.
In some context, this can refer to gray or a dark color, or coarse hemp cloth.
In Buddhist context, it can refer to a coarse serge (cheaply sewn clothing) hence poverty.
Note: In Taiwanese Mandarin, this is spoken with the 2nd or rising tone instead of the 4th or falling tone used in the mainland.
黃 is the single character for the color yellow in Chinese.
In China, yellow is traditionally the color of the emperor. In fact, there was a time when only the emperor could wear yellow clothing, or own yellow pet fish. Note: Goldfish were breed originally in China for the emperor. When the perfect yellow fish was breed, all but the emperor were banned from owning any. Thus a more orange-colored goldfish dominated the market.
黃 is not a common selection for a wall scroll. Even if your Chinese surname is Huang (Yellow) or your Korean surname is Hwang (yellow), it's still probably not appropriate.
藍 is the single character for the color blue in Chinese.
It can also mean indigo in Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|kao iro / gan shoku|
kaoiro / ganshoku
|yán sè / yan2 se4 / yan se / yanse||yen se / yense|
|kon||gàn / gan4 / gan||kan|
|beni||hóng / hong2 / hong||hung|
|Pink Color||粉色||fěn sè / fen3 se4 / fen se / fense|
|Gray Color||灰色||haiiro / hairo||huī sè / hui1 se4 / hui se / huise|
|shin kou shoku|
shin ko shoku
|shēn hóng sè|
shen1 hong2 se4
shen hong se
|shen hung se
|sen kou / senkou / sen ko / senko||xiān hóng|
黑 / 黒
|kuro||hēi / hei1 / hei|
|赤||aka||chì / chi4 / chi||ch`ih / chih|
|Orange||橙||daidai||chéng / cheng2 / cheng||ch`eng / cheng|
|Green||青||ao||qīng / qing1 / qing||ch`ing / ching|
|紫||murasaki||zǐ / zi3 / zi||tzu|
|Brown||褐||katsu||hè / he4 / he||ho|
|hon / kou / hon / ko / hon / ko||huáng / huang2 / huang|
|ai||lán / lan2 / lan|
|Gray||灰||kai||huī / hui1 / hui|
|koku ryuu / kokuryuu / koku ryu / kokuryu||hēi lóng / hei1 long2 / hei long / heilong||hei lung / heilung|
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
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When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.
The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.
Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.
There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.
Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.
The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.
Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.
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