A year ago I was seeing glass dip pens popping up in my Amazon feed. A load of them. And I had never tried one before so I thought I should rectify that situation and ordered a cool dip pen. Of course it was teal-ish in color.
Isn’t it pretty? I paid about $8.00 on Amazon. They had boring ones in the $3 – 4.00 range, but I wanted pretty. Since then, I’ve seen other glass dip pens that range upwards to $150-220 each. I found one cool pen that had a jelly fish design and a huge price tag! Do not spend that kind of money unless you really get amazing at this type of drawing. Those little tips are super fragile. Trust me, I know. I no longer have this pen. And I don’t even know why the tip cracked. Anyway, I digress. Sorry.
I figured I needed some training before I got around to tangling, so I watched a YouTube video that lasted one minute and 20 seconds and called myself a pro. Hahahaha! At least enough to get started! These are the inks I used. I already had them so no purchase was necessary. I use them sometimes to make backgrounds but had never drawn with them before. There is a mix of Daler Rowney Liquid Acrylics and Liquitex Acrylic Ink. They worked equally well.
It is as simple as dipping the pen into the jar of ink, lifting it out and wiping the excess off onto the lip of the jar gently (because fragile), then holding the pen like you would any other pen – and draw! Narwal is a fun tangle that looks cool, so I started with that.
I drew the framework using two different colors of ink. Then I started filling in the sections with – what else? – printemps! I know that surprises you! Hahahaha! I’m thinking comfort tangles here. Ta-da!
I am impressed I remembered to take photos. In this shot you can see the pen inked. Truly, all you do is stick the pen into the ink and wipe the excess on the rim. The ink sits in those little grooves and does not fall off the end of the pen. Seems like it would but it doesn’t. Don’t try writing straight down at a 90 degree angle – because it won’t work. Hold the dip pen like a regular ballpoint pen and draw.
Class is over for the day. Hahaha!
I tried every color I had that wasn’t boring – like silver and black. Ugh. The one that looks like black is actually purple. Way dark but I like the contrast.
I had not used the sepia color yet, so I started outlining the entire narwal to tie it all together. Once you are done with one color, dip your pen into a container of water and swirl it around. That will wash the color off, then dry gently on a soft cloth or paper towel. This will keep your dip pen clean and you keep from cross-mixing colors you don’t want mixed. Unless you like having a whole jar of mud color.
My hand slipped as I made one of those curves, so now that narwal has a thicker border than planned. This way it looks intentional! Yep! Hahaha! Glass dip pens may just be where it’s at. Now if I could only justify spending a small fortune on that jellyfish pen I found. Yep. Not likely.
I mentioned the tips cracking. I have a new pen now. When I pulled this one out of the drawer to make another drawing, the tip was cracked. And I could not use it. My new one came with a plastic cover over the tip – like you get on new paint brushes – and came in a padded box. A lot better protected than the first one and it cost a dollar less. Go figure. If you should try dip pens – I would love to see what you do!