Chalk “Calligraphy”

I’ve seen Chinese calligraphy written in water many, many times, but this past weekend was the first time I saw it in chalk. (Maybe I just need to go to Chinese parks more?)

Chalk "Calligraphy"

Chalk "Calligraphy"


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. light487 Says: May 3, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Looks very nice and cool but I still prefer the big, wet paintbrush painting characters with water thing..

  2. Really? I’ve seen (presumably) crippled beggars writing long scrolls with chalk on the street. Granted, I never saw anything like this, exactly — not in person at least. Good stuff!

  3. Where have you seen funky 汉字 graffiti in Shanghai? This looks very cool, and I’d love to see some bright colorful ‘artwork’ on garbage dumps too hah.

  4. orangina Says: May 4, 2011 at 10:19 am

    One day, I will be able to do that.

  5. Mat Bettinson Says: May 7, 2011 at 11:51 am

    The balloon outline is a new one for me but my university in Australia is frequently adorned with chalked calligraphy. Adverts, notices, political statements.

    I really love this outline style, needs a lot of thought to consider what each stroke will look like and how they’ll intersect. Very readable too.

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