Among traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting techniques, there is one named “cun”, means writing or painting with dry brush strokes, it leaves a rich, thick and dry mark on papers. As written in William Blake’s poem ”To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower…”, When observing the enlarged image of a painting with “cun” technique.

There is a book to teach the technique of chinese traditional painting. Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden (Chinese: 芥子園畫傳, Jieziyuan Huazhuan), sometimes known as Jieziyuan Huapu (芥子園畫譜), is a printed manual of Chinese painting compiled during the early-Qing Dynasty.

There are different kinds of drawing style and techniques in this book.And the volume also entered Edo period Japan, where woodblock printed copies became relatively easily accessible in all the major cities; the Mustard Seed Garden Manual came to be used by a great many Japanese artists and was a major element in the training of artists and the development of Edo period painting.