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A Few Links for Pen People


Need distraction from the outside world? Let me help with a few pen links. 

Still relevant eight years later.


Using A Nightmare For Inspiration


Whether writing or painting, working a nightmare, or any dream for that matter, into a doodle journal can provide new subjects for exploration.

Use related words and make them big and bold. Use watercolor or markers to sketch anything that might represent the mood or emotion. Representational or abstract or anywhere in between will do. You might find inspiration for another project from your musings and drawings. Take advantage of fertile ground wherever you find it.

Words on Scarlet Lake

Winsor & Newton Scarlet Lake caught my fancy recently and I started with a rectangle of it painted with an Isabey Quill Mop #4. After that thoroughly dried, I added words with a Pilot “New Brush in Character” brush pen. Then I listed the tools used and added a squiggle border with more Scarlet Lake and a Simply Simmons #2 liner brush. The journal is a Stillman & Birn Epsilon Sketchbook that handled the watercolor wash nicely.

Design-wise the calligraphic border should have gone to the top of the color swatch and ended with a flourish. Exploring the pen’s handling of an uppercase F worked out well, but other letters turned out more unique. More on those at a future date.


The Pilot “New Brush In Character” Calligraphy Pen


Pilot makes a hair-like, calligraphy brush pen that is as soft as anyone could ever want. Leigh sent one recently and my hand is grateful for the ease, but woo-wee is it a challenge to control. However, the reward for perseverance is a line variation that is hard to match even with a good brush.

Pilot New Brush In Character Brush Pen

The pen is called 新毛筆 中字 which translates as New Brush in Character. The pen model number is S-50FDF-B and the refill cartridges are S Shin-15FD-B. It comes in fine and medium widths. Given the flexibility, the fine is perfect for my needs.


Writing with it might take practice, though after a few pages of trial and error, I liked the results. It does have other applications that make it work well in a doodle journal. Try the New Brush over a fully dried watercolor painting to add black lines, dots and dashes. Move the tip slowly over rough paper to achieve a consistent mark or move rapidly to achieve a dry brush or broken-line effect. The soft bristles add character and drama to line work, something less likely to happen with a fiber tipped brush pen.


The only disappointment is that the ink is water soluble to an unfortunate degree. Forget using it with watercolor unless you want a lot of purple mixed with your colors. With a bit of practice, that could be used to advantage if you are in the mood for purple.


I’m not put off by the lack of permanence because the tip is so good. It’s perfect on Stillman & Birn Epsilon paper. No bleed-through and almost no show-through on Hammermill Inkjet 24#. It even performed well in my Apica 6A10 journal. No feathering anywhere. It is a waterbrush style plastic pen, so a gentle squeeze will increase the flow of ink. All of that makes it quite versatile as long as it doesn’t meet water.

With all of the positives to the Pilot New Brush pen, there is one problem. At least in the U.S, it can be very hard to find though I am hopeful a retailer will decide to stock it. At $10 or less, it is a pen worth owning even if it does take time to master.

Note: The adorable cloth is a “tenugui”, a versatile oblong cloth used in Japan for various purposes. This one was a gift from Leigh and was made by Hamamonyo. Beer or latte it’s super cute.

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