In Context—Just for the Fun of Feeling the Paper

October 25, 2018
Sketching with the Platinum Carbon Black Felt-tipped marker on Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. Cold Press (cream/natural white) watercolor paper. Hand bound journal. Carl Too and I stayed up late one night this spring to sketch.

I was having so much fun with this sketch on real watercolor paper, that I forgot to write down the date and time on the page! That’s a lot of fun.

I started working late one night in one of the 9 x 11 inch watercolor journals I bound last fall. It contains Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. Cold Press paper. I’d been working on non-art paper for a bit. It was great to have the watercolor paper—even though I had to get used to the paper again after the long absence. Earlier in the summer I ended up painting some of my donut examples for the class I’m teaching at SketchKon in this book. I haven’t worked in the book continuously, so I still have a couple pages left. I think I’ll take it to the Zoo! I’ll get that pen out again and have some more fun.

I’ve been using these “markers” for a couple years now, but haven’t been good about indexing the related posts. Sometimes they fall under Platinum Carbon Black ink. But someone asked me about this pen the other day. Here it is on Jet Pens. 

I’ve heard them called everything from a marker to a brush pen. Jet Pens calls them a “Japanese Art Pocket Brush Pen.” What you need to know is that it is very lightweight, uses Platinum Carbon Black’s fountain pen cartridges, and has a solid fiber tip that is conically shaped and flexible.

The tip is stiffer and smaller than a brush tip on the Tombow Dual Tip Brush Pens; but larger that the Tombow’s Calligraphy brush tip which Jet Pens calls “Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen.” (That latter Tombow pen comes in a hard and soft tip version and both are great fun to sketch with.) 

The tip of the Platinum Carbon Black Felt-tipped Marker (or Japanese Art Pocket Brush Pen if you’re at Jet Pens) is solid fiber so you don’t get the stroke variation from a brush tip made with individual hairs. But this pen can be nuanced in its own way.

If you have a heavy hand this is probably not the pen for you as you will compress the point relatively quickly. On the other hand I have been using this particular one for 3 years or more and while the line it makes is thicker than the original thin range it was capable of, I still love it for quick sketching. 

    • Kathy
    • October 26, 2018

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog! Thank you for all the tech info you provide and for the inspiration. You are quite amazing!

    1. Reply

      Thanks so much Kathy, it’s always good to hear people enjoy the blog. I’m glad you find the information useful.

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