A: Do you think I need to take classes from a calligraphy master if I want to improve my calligraphy?
B: You could, but if you want to save money, there are plenty of books available. You could find a style of calligraphy that you like, and then practice copying it at home.
A: How about materials? Should I splash out on a top-notch brush and some good quality paper?
Photo: Ou Su-mei, Liberty Times照片：自由時報記歐素美
B: If I were you, I would buy one of those magic calligraphy cloths that you use with water. They also have grids on them to help you structure the characters properly.
A: That’s a great idea!
（Edward Jones, Taipei Times／台北時報章厚明譯）
“splash out on”
This means to spend a lot money on something, usually a luxury item.
Example: “I splashed out on a NT$20,000 overcoat.”
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