Dating ink on paper

Modern scholars and custodians increasingly use only the safe, if confusing, term "membrane".Vellum is generally smooth and durable, although there are great variations depending on preparation and the quality of the skin.

Song Dynasty inkstones can be of great size and often display a delicacy of carving.

Traditional East Asian ink is solidified into inksticks.

Usually, some water is applied onto the inkstone (by means of a dropper to control the amount of water) before the bottom end of the inkstick is placed on the grinding surface and then gradually ground to produce the ink.

An entrepreneurial mum inspired by her son has invented a glove to stop left-handed people covering their fingers in ink or pencil while writing.

The revolutionary contraption covers half of the hand and the little finger and creates a barrier from the paper to stop any marks staining the skin The glove will protect a hand from a variety of implements such as pen, pencil, paints, crayon (shown) and chalk.

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