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Old 04-26-2012, 05:34 PM
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Question Alternate Pen Materials?

I've seen pens made from bamboo, reeds, and bird feathers. All pretty much the same: cut a piece out of a tube, adjust it, and away you go.

Being a curious type () I was wondering if anyone has used other materials, such as old BiC pens, or other plastic tubes. What about chicken -- or other bird -- bones? (I told you I was a curious type! )

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Re: Alternate Pen Materials?

Folded pens are a lot of fun: http://jan777.blogspot.com/2011/12/t...olded-pen.html

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Old 04-27-2012, 10:56 AM
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Re: Alternate Pen Materials?

Folded pens! Yes

The MOST fun is to just go out into the backyard and pick up a bunch of random twigs. The ones that make the best (imo) marks are the ones that are frayed or knobby at the business end, so that they release your ink in unexpected ways. You can get marvy marks using twigs.

Other ideas:
-- feathers (dip the feathery end in the ink and go at the paper using different angles, to get thin wispy marks and then very wide wet marks
-- use green leaves, like the green tuft on the top of a carrot (you could bind it with a make-shift ferrule, like a rubber band, to get a more controlled line, but this is not about control, is it? )

This kind of experimentation is great fun. (And a super way to warm up and/or relax.) I'd love to hear other's ideas of makeshift, off-the-cuff funky ink applicator tools.

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Old 04-28-2012, 10:42 AM
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Re: Alternate Pen Materials?

I use bamboo quills a lot, I buy them in sets of three with a large, medium, and small quill but I usually only use the medium one as I can get thick lines and fine lines with it. Some of my favorite sketching tools are plain old disposable chopsticks. Some I break apart from the connected pair and then sharpen to a fine or blunt point, some I use the tapered flat end, and some I leave connected and use the super wide flat end. Pentel brush pens are great too. Sticks, especially really long and thin/bendy ones can be awesome because you have such little control over the tip that it forces you to loosen up. Experiment!

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chopstick, flat end:


Quick lunchtime chopstick sketch:


Another quick lunch chopstick sketch, the paper was stained with my Shui Xian oolong tea:


Another:


Another quick chopstick sketch, I did this one partially in the rain and let it do its own thing:
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Folded pens are a lot of fun: http://jan777.blogspot.com/2011/12/t...olded-pen.html

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I've never seen folded pens before. Those are pretty cool, and I'd like to try making some. Thanks for the link!
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I've never seen folded pens before. Those are pretty cool, and I'd like to try making some. Thanks for the link!
Share your results here! I look forward to hearing your opinions of various materials and techniques.

I am signed up for an autumn workshop with a folded pen calligrapher and plan on 'picking her brain' as to best practices for making them.

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