It’s a school mid-term break this week and since my daughter is at home I am less busy and have a bit more time to devote to art. Now that may sound weird to some of you but what I mean is since my daughter doesn’t have to go to school so I don’t need to go out and fetch her to and from school. Also, my hubby gets to use the car to work and I don’t need to drive him to the MRT station every morning. Such is life when you have just one car for the family. I do long to have my own car but we can’t afford it at the moment.
So today I decided to use a dip pen to practice my drawing skill. I bought this pen sometime in July last year but I only used it a couple of times. I really need to use it more because I love the natural flow of lines made using this pen. I bought a set of two holders with 5 different nibs. To be honest I am still learning how to use each nib but for today I just want to play around with one of it and see what I can produce.
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The set was very cheap (MYR12 = US$2.94) but it works just fine. I guess they aren’t for professional use but more for newbies. You can find a similar set on Blick Art.
I also bought a bottle of black India Ink by Dr.Ph.Martin’s. I have Sumi ink but since I want to practice on a painting and need it to be waterproof, I used the India ink. Another reason is that India ink is darker and has better consistency than Sumi ink.
I sketched my drawing on a piece of watercolor paper. It is actually a drawing of a watercolor floral wreath with “super mama” written on the middle.
Next, I applied some loose watercolor washes on the wreath.
Once it dried, I just draw the flowers using my dip pen. I am not very satisfied with the outcome but I am quite pleased with the ink effect. Perhaps, I should use dip pen more in my future art 😉
Speaking of my art, I am running a shop opening sale over on my Etsy shop. I hope you take the time to check out my store 🙂
What do you think of this drawing? Have you tried using dip pen in your drawings before? Feel free to share your tips in the comment section below.
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