Ink Treasures is an artistic project co-created by two people, Mariusz Szmerdt (翔隼), an ink painter, and Ponte Ryuurui (品天龍涙), a Japanese calligrapher and writer, who share the same passion – the passion for ink.

by Ryuurui and Szmerdt │ Published February 25, 2013


An Ink treasures photo of Dragon roars artwork

Sumi-e: Golden scale dragon / Calligraphy: The dragon signs (roars) the storm is coming (龍吟嵐來)

Our intent is to present the two sister arts, the art of Chinese and Japanese ink painting and calligraphy,

in a way you will not be able to find anywhere else. It is very difficult to find a good source of information on calligraphy or ink painting in English, but to have such information available on one website, is even rarer.

For a connoisseur, Chinese or Japanese calligraphy and ink painting are inseparable.

Both arts share the same philosophy, are based on similar concepts, and even the same tools are used in the creative process; those are so called Four Treasures of the Study (ink; 墨, brush; 筆, paper; 紙, and inkstone; 硯).

This page is aimed at anyone who is interested in reading about either of arts, their history, participate in a discussion on our forum (coming soon), learn about techniques, or simply those who wish to purchase an artwork to decorate their home or office, or as a gift for someone special.

Ink Treasures is about the past, the present, and the future. There is no time frame we will not be covering, be it ancient, modern, or the one that is still to come. We will share with you our knowledge, our insight, our art, and any updates on materials released in a non-electronic form (books, albums, etc.).
To read more about the concept of our Ink Treasures project, please refer Ink Treasures concept.

To read more about the creators, please click on the creators tab in the about menu, or our respective names at the top of this article, which are linked to full length biographical data, on our personal pages.


Ponte Ryuurui (品天龍涙) & Mariusz Szmerdt (翔隼)


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Ink treasures Chinese and Japanese painting and calligraphy concept:

Chinese and Japanese calligraphy and ink painting,both being based on a similar philosophy, and created with similar tools (often referred to as four treasures of the study, i.e.: brush, ink, inkstone and paper), were always regarded as sister arts. They form the ancient tandem of complex spirituality and unique beauty. It is very rare that one person excels in both arts, as each of them takes a lifetime of studies in order to achieve the mastery.



  1. Posted March 22, 2013 at 9:08 am by louise van eenennaa | Permalink

    may I make a link to your website on my website?

  2. Posted March 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm by Snow Forest | Permalink


    • Posted March 24, 2013 at 1:43 am by Ryuurui and Szmerdt | Permalink


  3. Posted April 12, 2013 at 12:53 am by artiste peintre | Permalink

    Excellent post. I certainly appreciate this website. Stick with it!

  4. Posted April 27, 2013 at 12:40 am by Frans Stiene | Permalink

    Great work.
    I love your logo, the dragon, very fluid and powerful at the same time.

    Keep up your wonderful work.

  5. Posted September 7, 2013 at 7:10 am by Patrick Murphy | Permalink

    Lovely informative site. Love Sumi e and starting to understand ink drawing and calligraphy. So, my thanks to you both for your art, interests and caring…

    • Posted December 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm by Ryuurui and Szmerdt | Permalink

      Thanks Patrick, soon we will add more articles on calligraphy as much as easy to navigate menu
      Mariusz, IT

  6. Posted November 6, 2013 at 3:18 pm by Anonymous | Permalink

    Excellent source of information!

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