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Giving the Pentel Duo Point Brush Pen a Workout (and a bonus Eyebrow Update)

Above: A 12-minute sketch of Dick as he sat under a bright light on the couch in the TV room—9 x 12 smooth cardstock journal. While I’d done a shorter (time duration) first sketch with this pen, this was the first sketch where I explored all the different types of lines I could get from […]


It’s Full—I’m Finished

Above: my fake journal kept to celebrate International Fake Journal Month 2009, finished today, the book contains exactly 30 page spreads, one done each day in April. The journal is an Alvin Field book with water resistant pages. I worked with dip pen and Ziller Acrylic ink (glossy black) and Schmincke Pan Watercolors. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Well, it's over. For me anyway. Other folks have about 4 more hours until the end of IFJM. If you are new to this blog and wondering what the heck IFJM is you can click on the IFJM category in the category list, click on the appropriate page in the page list, or go to the Official International Fake Journal Month Blog and read more about it; as well as see postings of the images in my 2009 fake journal and the fake journals of some other folks too..


Another Look at J. Herbin Encre de Chine


Above: My lightfast test for J. Herbin Engre de Chine, Marron (brown). The left half of the sheet was the protected sheet. The right half of the sheet faded when exposed to light. See additional comments below. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Many of you may recall my original post on J. Herbin India Inks. I expressed some concern about the cost for a small bottle (minute bottle actually) and wording in the company's description of this product. Specifically what bothered me was the statement that the ink had "great permanency of color."


Pentel Brush Pens: The Pocket Brush and the Color Brush


Above the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and the Pentel Color Brush (top, gray cap; the cap color denotes ink color). Note that the orange tape around the Pocket Brush Pen is just something I do to identify old pens from their younger siblings.

I get a lot of questions about which Pentel brush pen I am using. Consequently I try to always be specific when I post a journal page using one of these tools on my website journal postings

This post is my attempt to be even more crystal clear about these two pens and their attributes so that if you are interested in trying a brush pen you can know exactly what you are getting, and what results or working capabilities you can expect.

The Pen Addict

After I wrote about Slicci Pens I noticed I started getting hits from Curious I went to see what it was. True to its name it's a blog about pens; pens of all sorts. The author had mentioned my review of the Slicci pen, hence the visitors from his site. Besides the pen blog […]


Commercial Sketchbooks: A Test of Kunst & Papier’s Watercolor Offering


Above: A test spread from a Kunst & Papier Aquarellbuch/watercolor sketchbook. Click on the image to see an enlarged version.

Today marks the third month of my blog with daily posting, but today there is no contest to enter. My time the past few weeks has been taken up with label making and sign making for an upcoming show. I had a couple contest ideas bouncing in my head but no time to refine them. There will be contests on other days.

For now I'd like to share a product review on a commercially made sketchbook. I know not everyone makes his own books, nor even wants to. I also know at some point I won't be able to. (It's a rather physical enterprise and I wonder how long the hands and knees will hold up.) Consequently I'm always on the lookout for good commercially made journals.


Time for a New Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

Right: Journal Sketch, a NEW Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on Nideggen paper. (By "new" I mean I finally wore one out.) Click the image to view an enlargement and read on to see cropped close up of the lines.

I got a new Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and I’m so happy I just have to shout about it. I love my old pen, but that’s just it. It is 3 years, almost 4 years old!! The tip was still pretty wonderful, but I noticed when I would try to write with it (as opposed to sketching with it) that there was some fuzziness at the tip and I didn’t get quite the crisp line I used to achieve when working with it.


Pentel’s Slicci Pen

Left: Test sketch with Slicci pen on Nideggen paper which has a  laid pattern with a wavy chain. See notes below about this drawing. Click on the image for an enlargement. Later there is also a close up.

I like fine point pens and Tim at Wet Paint knows this. So the other day when I was in shopping he showed me the Slicci Pens from Pentel. They have three point sizes: 025, 03, and 04. I don't really understand what the numbers relate to (could it be millimeters, it seems smaller than that and I didn't ask), but I can tell you when you write with them they are fine, superfine, and microfine. I asked Tim what he would call this type of pen: "Is it a roller ball?" And Tim said, "I call it a needlepoint gel pen." When you work with the pen you'll find his description fits. There is a smoothness to the pen that many ultra fine points don't have. (Oh, and everyone at Wet Paint has decided to pronounce this "slick-ee.")


Altered Book Round Robin Part III


Above: a page spread from my altered book on "Mysteries."

In my two previous posts about the preparation of my book for the MCBA Visual Journal Collective's Altered Book Round Robin I talked about selection of a book and the altering of the cover. Once the cover is completed (or put on hold until the end of the project, which is another way to go) it's time to get inside and start altering those pages.


The Bigger Brush Pen from Faber Castell


Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens have always had a brush tip variant. These pens come in a wide range of colors (some packaged as sets: landscape, manga). They are lightfast, waterproof, acid free and a favorite of a lot of people.

Well they are out now in a larger size: Faber Castell Pitt Artist Big Brush. All the same wonderful colors available in the original line are available in the larger size. The image at the top of this post shows the relative line quality/size of the two pens. You can see the large tip really is quite a bit larger and allows you to do some fat lines if you work on the side of the tip (as shown on the right side of the image).

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