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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Stellar Pen

This is my favorite pen nib. It is a dipping quill pen - a Schaeffer. I go through loads of nibs. As you can see in this image, it is crusty and thick... it has to be, for me, in order for it to hold more ink. If it is too new - the ink has a habit of sloshing out and onto my art! This particular pen nib has just been busy creating art for the upcoming book, Tess's Tree.

12 comments:

Bob Flynn said...

She's a beauty, Pete! :)

Peter H. Reynolds said...

Thanks, Bob!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Hello Peter: I have been waiting for your blog to appear and here it is in all of it's wonderful glory!! You are simply the very best! I just purchased, "Animation-ish" and my children and I are having a ball with it!!! To see your tools and supplies are a treat as well. Your line work is just so yummy. Your stories stay with us. YOU have inspired artists like me to," Make my mark and see where it takes me." Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful gift with all of us. Your are a joy and blessing my friend!
V.

maribeth bush said...

My favorite ink nib is one I found long ago stuck deep into some dirt next to a walking path in the woods. I'm not even sure how I noticed it, but I did. Once I cleaned it up, it was in great shape and seemed so magically "right" every time I used it... Sounds like the start of a good story, eh? ; )

Maribeth

Peter H. Reynolds said...

That is a wild story, MB! You have eagle-eyes! It is wonderful when you find the perfect nib!

Peter H. Reynolds said...

That is a wild story, MB! You have eagle-eyes! It is wonderful when you find the perfect nib!

Peter H. Reynolds said...

Thanks, Vanessa... I meant to comment earlier! You're sweet! I noticed that my books "The Dot" and "Ish" are on your list of favorites! Keep in touch and let me know how Animation-ish is going!

Marya Jansen-Gruber said...

I have never worked with a pen of this kind. Is it hard to learn how to use of am I going to end up with a page full of blots!

Peter H. Reynolds said...

Mayra, This ink pen can be tricky, as the ink can indeed suddenly release its hold of ink - but blots are beautiful. In fact, why not start by making lots of blots, lots of dots, blots of dots, - just have fun and let it flow. You will be "in tune" with your pen's nature soon enough.

Megan B said...

I loved working with ink in art class. At the end of the year when we had more freedom I inked some of my B&W photographs that I had on non-photo paper. I even "stole" an ink pen and kept it on my shelf instead of putting it away....at least until the end of the year, when I had to return it.

Sherrie said...

Looks like the same nib you used way back when!!

dthaase said...

so, your post became an inspiration!

see it here: http://dthaase-lines.blogspot.com/2011/08/doodle-ish.html

grateful for your work & imagination