Choose the Right Drawing Pen

What kind of the lines do I wish to make on the next pen and wash? Will it be a specialized pen that produces specific line diameter? Or is it a bamboo pen that gives many different lines as you swirl the pen in your palms? Ink lines express as much emotion and style since the watercolor wash. So let us look at a few kinds of drawing pens to get you on the right path.

Technical Pens

Technical pens are great for pen and clean. They generate a uniform field of depth that comes in different nib sizes. These range from fine lines, such as the 005, excellent for hatching and stippling, to thick lines, such as the 08. Technical pens come in a wide selection of colors, too. Read the labels; not all of are water-proof.

Ballpoint pens are for composing but are also a fantastic choice when you wish to utilize something aside from a specialized pen. They are easily available for fast drawing and sketching and come in a broad range of colors. They usually arrive in 3 dimensions; extra-fine, nice and broad. Many are water-soluble so could be diffused in your pen and wash to make beautiful effects.

I like roller ball and gel pens. They have the appearance of specialized pens because the ink doesn’t shine like ballpoint pens. Roller ball and gel pens aren’t permanent and will diffuse together with your washes.

Dip pens and javalina logo pens

Dip pen and fountain pens come into two parts, the holder, or handle, as well as the nib. The holder can be fitted with a wide variety of nib sizes for a broad range of marks. Fountain pens also use bottled fountain pen ink to refill their reservoir but also uses pen ink refills. Test out the many distinct nibs to find their flexibility and behavior.

Granite and Reed pens

Bamboo and reed can make a vast array of marks. Reeds are somewhat more flexible than bamboo and can produce sensitive marks and will irritate after much use to produce wider line, so handle them with a gentle touch.

Bamboo is much more solid and will create firm lines in addition to different widths of marks. You can find these at your local art supply store, or you can create your own.

Quill Pens

Quill pens create their very own distinctive traces; they are easy to control and inexpensive. You can buy them or make your own from many different feathers, like turkey, geese or swan. Do not run out to a local pond or farm and remove a feather out of our beloved buddies. A quill pen has to dry out for many months until they are stiff enough for almost any drawing purposes. Your local art supply shop should have a nice stock at hand.

Fiber-tipped pens

Fiber-tipped pens come in a massive choice of nib design, sizes, and colors for either line or filling in areas. You can spend an entire day experimenting with these.

All others

Sticks, slivers of cardboard, string, a small tree branch, popsicle sticks, cotton swabs, just about anything which may be dipped into ink, will create exciting marks or lines. Some are around your house right now, and others won’t charge you anything to create. Enjoy.

Pen and wash is an expressive art form and drawing with a pen of your selection will make your experience more so. Enjoy.

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