see the brushes on the right? those are pentel sumi-like hollow brushes. that’s what i’m calling them, the packaging was all in japanese. couldn’t find them anywhere online to provide a resource except for a japanese link. i picked them up at kinokuniya in little tokyo. pam gave sister & i some small plastic containers she found in the dollar bin at target. i used mine to mix up some tube gouache with water that i could store without having it dry out. my intent was to try doing some calligraphic brush writing in my visual journal with my new brushes yesterday. HAH! not as easy as it looks. watercolor would be easier. or ink.
i tried those too.
the blue ink above is FW acrylic that i had on hand. i used it with the dip pen and also my new pentel brushes.
also had fun filling a waterbrush pen with some mixed ink samples from goulet pen company. i first wrote about wanting to try this HERE. i can report it is every bit as wonderful as i thought it would be!
i can also verify that my new calligraphy practice notebook takes watery ink, acrylic ink, and pen/nib writing v. v. well. without any troublesome wrinkling or bleeding through the page. i am thinking it would make a fine writing journal.
writing above done mostly with the parallel pen. i found THIS great reference for nibs. my newest nibs are the HUNT 99 & 101. i dislike having to dip so often, but they are v. flexible and easier to use. sort of. using the word easy in relation to dip pens would just be false advertising. i lack the patience and fortitude necessary to become skilled. this is not a complaint as much as an admission. i will soldier on.
turning off electronic devices and sitting down to my art table. must make the most of the hours i have left of the weekend! happy sunday to you. blowing kisses from los angeles…