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Old 04-14-2012, 08:37 PM
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I need to paint long thin lines on my painting I was wondering if a gel pen would work ?
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Re: gel pen

Without knowing the formulation of the gel, there's no way to tell except by experimentation.

A paint marker might take (that is, adhere to the surface enough to stay put), once the surface of the painting has cured, but paint markers are not well-known for their elegant or thin lines, or for their elegant color.

With practice, a script liner or rigger brush can make deliciously fine lines using thinned oil paint. I think I've seen these down to 10/0, or about 3 hairs. A size 1 rigger / liner makes quite a thin line.

If you need straight lines, a bridge or mahl stick or (a la Richard Schmid) cheap hospital cane can be useful. Freehand curvilinear lines require practice.
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Re: gel pen

I've read on this forum that credit card edges or mono-filament fishing line are good for thin lines but I have no experience with either. I would shy away from ink as it may bleed or run if you varnish over it. You should find an answer in this search link.

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Re: gel pen

I have also used a pizza cutter wheel.
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I have also used a pizza cutter wheel.

That's a great idea. I have to remember that one.
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Re: gel pen

Another option: Two companies make oil paint pens, look for solvent based oil paint pens. They come in a wide range of tip sizes, from rather large down to extra fine and in many colors. I found them an easy and excellent answer to doing very fine scroll work in metallic. I could never have done a consistant repeat pattern around the entire circle wih a brush. Also useful to sign paintings, especially if ones name is not short! If you don't have an art supply store nearby, Dick Blick carries them.
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Another option: Two companies make oil paint pens, look for solvent based oil paint pens. They come in a wide range of tip sizes, from rather large down to extra fine and in many colors. I found them an easy and excellent answer to doing very fine scroll work in metallic. I could never have done a consistant repeat pattern around the entire circle wih a brush. Also useful to sign paintings, especially if ones name is not short! If you don't have an art supply store nearby, Dick Blick carries them.

Aires : thats what i want i will chick at my art supply store thanks
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Re: gel pen

On my first couple of paintings
I used the paint pens to sign
Don't like the way they look for signature
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