I was inspired by Jason Bowyer's article in the April edition of The Artist to try making my own reed pen. I volunteer at a local nature reserve with the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust so, last time I was there, I took ten dead reed stems (there are plenty there, but it's probably best to check with the relevant people if you're using reeds from a reserve). This is my first attempt, so needs a bit of refining, but I think it's ok for a first go...I used it to sketch the oystercatcher that I've posted on the gallery, which is why it's a bit blobby! However I'll definitely be persevering as I like the idea of using a natural resource, which comes from and will go back to the local environment, to draw the local wildlife. Let me know what you think.