During my senior year of college I decided to try my hand at Chinese brush painting. My grandma on my mother's side used to do fantastic brush painting, and I inherited her supplies when she went to live with my uncle when I was in high school (she could no longer paint because of arthiritis and a stroke). So off I went, and after a month and more of laboring and learning, I decided it wasn't for me and quit, which is sad, giving up too easily; but while I was at it I did learn the basics and managed to paint a few simple things with the strokes I learned, without blotting the whole mess up.
This is one of the standard type of paintings used to practice the flowing, precise strokes very commonly used. It looks effortless, and I thought so myself when I saw it, but my aching wrist betrayed that.
Actually, the secret to my clean strokes are that I practiced on regular computer paper, which handled the ink smoothly. It's kind of cheating because the proper way to brush paint is on rice paper which I did horribly on because it's very absorbant and soaks up ink like crazy, so that I ended up with big blotches and lumpy things. Again, it would take a lot of practice and patience to master it, which I didn't stick around to do unfortunately.