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Ink and bamboo skewers

Posted by Koosje Koene in Draw Tip, Draw Tip Tuesday, sketchbook on May 12, 2020

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Common tools to use with ink, are a dip pen with a steel nib, or a bamboo dip pen. In the kitchen drawer, I found a few different sizes of bamboo skewers to experiment with as my art tools today. The dip pen give a beautiful strong line with a lot of variation. You can control the with of the line with the pressure you put on the nib. The bamboo dip pen gives a bolder line, you have a bit less control, but you can get a lot of variation in line thickness by using the different sides of the tip. When the ink is running out, you get beautifully textured lines. The bamboo skewer: not much control over your line, and you get unexpected drops or blobs of ink; but of course, you can make use of the effect. Like with the bamboo dip pen, you can get really great textured lines when the stick gets a bit dryer. Let’s make a fun quick illustration with our newly found tools!


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Koosje Koene

Hi I'm Koosje. I'm an illustrator and art teacher in Amsterdam, where I was born and raised. I went to school to study graphic design, then worked for ten years as an award-winning professional photographer. But eventually my love of drawing and painting took over and I became an illustrator. My illustrations have been published in many Dutch magazines and in 2011, I began blogging and started developing and teaching online art classes. In 2014 I founded Sketchbook Skool, which is a flourishing community of artists from around the world of all skill levels.