Thursday, October 11, 2012

Brush tip pens

When you don't know what you're doing cool things can happen! I've bought two or three brush tip pens in the past, but never really liked them.

One of our local art supply stores is closing. This is definitely too bad, but they're selling off stock and prices are low, which is good! I've been in twice and will visit again before they close. One thing I bought was a handful of brush tip pens (Pitt, to be specific). They were half price, in limited colors, but this was a good opportunity to try 'em out, cheap! I knew almost nothing about using these.
Tangles: Afterglo, Sanibelle
I chose one of the pre-strung Zendala tiles and put some brush-tip streaks in several places. Originally I had some yellow there, but I didn't like it. The black and white middle sections looked silvery, but I thought the other sections should look more gold. I drew on top of the Afterglo tangle with gold ink and white ink in leaf stripes. Unfortunately the gold ink doesn't show up well in the picture. There's also a bit of sparkly red in the outermost triangles.

I had a variety of green pens so I did another one, again on a pre-strung Zendala tile. I also used an olive green Sakura Glaze pen and a white pen.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Hurly Burly, Pais (sort of) and stripes with highlights

I found that I did less tangle drawing and more color filling. I guess that figures. Once there is brush tip ink on the paper, the next pen work tends to bleed a bit, but it's manageable. With a brush tip, the line can vary from hair's breadth thin to quite thick. I need more practice to use this to good advantage. Sometimes there is a lovely transparent quality. For that, I wish I had more pale colors. I'll do more, and maybe get the hang of it better.


  1. I like a lot the second tile!

  2. sooooo cool. love the use of unexpected for the spaces you chose. And the idea of using red, when the expected would be blue.....well I just applaud that little bonus.... maria

  3. Lovely tiles and now I might get some of those brush pens to try too in paler colors :) Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow, wow, wow! These simply glow with radiance! Those color combinations are absolutely beautiful. I can't decide which I like better - I'm thinking both is a good option! The subtlety of the shading really makes these pop. Very inspiring - thanks for sharing!

  5. these are beautiful and looks like fun. You have inspired me to go raid my art closet to see what other interesting materials I can tangle with.

  6. WHERE? what store is going out of business? i want stuff!