Set of 4 pcs Collection Scroll Chinese Painting. Size: 53 x 14 inches. Chinese scroll mixed media ink-watercolor painting. Chinese scroll painting is a very old art. The earliest known works were done thousands of years ago, and the idea might have originated with painted banners meant to hang in tombs. Artists at first used inks. Then the practice of wash painting, meaning brush or watercolor painting, was invented during the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) and further developed during the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279). Artists used fine brushes and water-based inks or paints, made by hand from pigments (dry materials like minerals that provide color) that the artists ground themselves.