Brush Pens: Another Look at the Pentel Aquash Brush Pen Filled with Light Black Ink

May 21, 2013

130512_OdditiesLeft: 8 x 10 inch page; Richeson Recycled watercolor paper. Pentel's Aquash Brush filled with light black ink.

Today's post is really for my current journaling students (it's an ink class that spans several months). I was writing to them this morning about brush pens and then afterwards I thought of this sketch I did a couple days ago and so I'm putting it up here so you can see it too.

This sketch was done with the Pentel Aquash Brush Pen Filled with Light Black Pigment Ink. 

Yeah, why don't they just give it a name that we can write? The labeling on the package says something like that. 

I first wrote about this pen in September 2011. You can see the pen packaging there as well as other info about the pen.

I wanted to post it today so that people could see how you can build up layers of darkeness with this pen. Each layer of "light black" builds up as you work. Also the ink is waterproof when it dries so you can paint over it, and for some people painting over light black ink might be easier and more felicitous than painting over the dark, rich black of the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen.

You can buy refills for this pen (an entire replacement barrell). (I get my pens and replacements at Wet Paint in St. Paul.)

There's a lot to recommend this pen. Some days when I'm using the PPBP and everything just seems so strident and in my face, and every line seems to vie for attention, or I've created a mass of black from which there is no return, then I know it's time to pick up the Aquash with light black ink and give myself some breathing room, a little bit more of an oportunity to restate. (For instance I don't find my first go at Mike's forehead nearly as distracting here as I would have if I'd been sketching with rich black lines from the PPBP. That's Mike from the TV show "Oddities" about his shop in NYC which sells, of course, oddities.)

It's just another tool for another day. But if you are new to working with brush pens in ink it might be a gateway pen. (The layering qualities will be different on different papers because of the paper sizing, so be sure to try the pen out on a variety of papers to see which works best for you.)

If you want a project to help you get used to this pen you can use the same directions I give in my 5-part series on getting used to the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, which starts at this link.

  1. Reply

    Great information! Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I realized I have a Pentel Aqua Brush I’m going to fill with ink and try! What fun!!

  2. Reply

    Rosemary, if you have the empty Pentel waterbrush which they use the word Aquash on the labels of, that might work (depending onthe ink you use) if you have the Aquash Pen from Pentel that I’m writing about and using in this post you don’t have to put ink in it as it already has light-black pigmented ink in it that’s fun to sketch with.

    If you look at this post you’ll see what I mean

    Item A in the photo is the waterbrush (empty) item B is the one I used for this post’s image, it comes with light black ink already in it.

    I’ve used acrylic inks in the empty ones but I clean them out fully at the end of each day because acrylic ink drys in air.

    Have fun experimenting.

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