Dippity Do Draw!

I recently started drawing with a dip pen and waterproof ink and coloring my images with watercolor just in time for World Watercolor Month, hosted by Charlie O’Shields at Doodlewash.com

I enjoyed drawing these whimsical gals on ATC cards:

I learned about the dip pens from an online class from Cori Dantini, hosted by Carla Sonheim. Cori introduced me to Jetpens.com (Jet pens has great information and tutorials about a variety of pen and ink supplies).

I purchased a Kuretake Comic pen nib holder and Nikko Comic pen nib and three black inks from Jet pens.

Note: You want to make sure the pen nibs will fit the holder you purchase.

Always a good idea to create a practice sheet and test your inks to make sure they are waterproof if you need them to be!

I also purchased a Saji pen nib from Blick and a Kuretake “Zig Cartoonist” pen nib holder which is the same holder as the one from Jet Pens. The Saji nib allowed for a thicker line than the Nikko comic nib when I applied pressure to the nib.

Note: Pen nibs often come with a film over them so you will want to remove it with acetone (nail polish remover) and a Q-tip before using the nib. I learned this information from Jet pens.

Also, it is important to keep your pen nibs clean after each use. I cleaned mine with water and a soft paper towel.

I bought a pen holder for each nib but discovered this wasn’t necessary as the pen nibs are easy to remove from the pen holder.

A couple of animals showed up in my drawings:

And of course I had to draw a few “hat” birds!

I discovered that I enjoyed drawing with dip pens and permanent ink!

I could control the line with the pressure I applied to the nib. And coloring with watercolor was super fun!

I didn’t have a problem with the ink flowing into an uncontrollable puddle. I found the nibs easy to use. And they held a lot of ink.

I hope you give a dip pen and waterproof ink a try with a little watercolor fun for #WorldWatercolorMonth

Cheers! πŸ™‚

25 responses to “Dippity Do Draw!

  1. Love your whimsical characters!

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  2. All the girls are fantastic, looks like a girls night out. An if they happened to be heading off to the zoo what better animals to see, a group of caged up whimsical bird, an further down porky pig an a giraffe which like she’s wearing a crown. You did a great job in all your drawings an it looks like a lot of fun. Enjoy your weekendπŸ‘€

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  3. Looks like fun Jill! I haven’t worked with a nib pen since college! Your girls, animals and lines are all wonderful, and very Jill! I am enjoying WWM too!

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    • Hi Jenna, I didn’t know there were β€œdrawing” nibs! I know Charlie uses a fountain type pen to draw. But I hadn’t drawn with a dip pen for years. I found it held a lot of ink. Happy to hear you are enjoying WWM also! πŸŽ¨πŸ’•

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  4. Hi Jill – What a joyful post. The whimsy and all of the characers have my laughing. I haven’t used dip pens in ages. I must give them a try again.

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    • Hi Sharon, I find the β€œdrawing” nibs easy to use and the line variations endless! πŸ˜ƒ I do hope you give it a try – they were inexpensive too! πŸ‘πŸŽ¨
      Happy I could give you a smile today with my silly characters! 😊

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  5. Fun to see your drawings, Jill, and hear about your experiences with the pens.

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  6. Such fun Jill! I love them. Believe it or not, I still have the dip pen and nibs that I used for my high school calligraphy class!

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  7. I love all of your drawings, so creative and fun!! Looks like you are having a great time.πŸ’—πŸ˜€πŸ’—

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  8. Love those girls and adore the birds! Love seeing you have such creative FUN!!!

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  9. great faces! (K)

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  10. Your art is fabulous 🌻

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