Making a reed pen

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Making a reed pen

Making a reed pen

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.
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I'll have a look at the article to which you refer. Whilst I agree that using a natural resource is all to the good, I would also add that for any one who makes the switch from a steel nib to a natural nib, the experience will be akin to a revelation. My nib cutting skills are still very poor, but I would never go back from using even my worst own cut natural nib to a steel or any other metal nib.

Thanks Alan and Margaret - I will definitely continue to use them and hopefully improve my nib-cutting skills!

Posted by Emma P on Thu 29 Mar 19:13:23

I've commented in the gallery too, and that's all I can say is 'well done' for taking the time to try this and being so successful with your first try.

Well Emma, I've already commented on your gallery piece which I thought was quite a triumph with these pens. Also inspired by Jason's article, I also embarked on this oldest form of mark-making. If it was good enough for van Gogh and Rembrandt (just to mention a couple of names), it is good enough for me. I love drawing with them, blobs and all!

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