drawing with dip pens and flex nibs

maya angelou quote written with dip pen

Over a year ago, I bought a bamboo dip pen and have enjoyed drawing with that using sumi ink. And last year, I started using disposable fountain pens by pilot. So when I came across this typography link to the postman's knock on the letter writer alliance site, I basically fell down the rabbit hole and that is where I have been for the last three weeks.

drawing using a dip pen with carl kuhn & co nib,
scablosa ink by rohrer & klingner

My new found love of handwriting styles led me to flex nibs which led me to dip pens. After ordering my fountain pens and inks from goulet pens, I decided I wanted flex nibs in order to get the range of lines and details.   I found a reasonable intro set with nibs included at jbbpenandpaper.

I've been practicing writing and drawing with the dip pens and find my hand does not get as tired. Even better, I can get a good range of line thicknesses.

materials used for the above drawing/collage:

ROHRER & KLINGNER ink in scablosa (iron gall)
GOLDEN acrylic in hansa yellow medium
DANIEL SMITH watercolor in iridescent electric blue
CANSON 98b mix media paper

If you have any favorite inks, I'd love to know!

joining sunday sketches


  1. You are just amazing! I wish I could just pick something up and make beautiful letters too!

  2. Beautiful! There is definitely something very artistic about a dip pen that you cannot achieve with a micro pen. Blessings!

  3. Lovely work with the pens! Looks like you are having fun.

  4. I love your page. I still work very hard on my writing and my favorite ink is the Rohrer and Klinger ink in black and the Sennelier "Encere de Chine a la pagode".
    Greetings from Germany, Sabine

  5. Looks like fun! Something I will have to investigate. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love your ink pen - it looks so rich. Beautiful art too.

    I found you via Sunday Sketches (I'm number 10!)

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  7. Wonderful work, Juana. I was looking at a flex nib on Saturday and couldn't quite make up my mind if I wanted to jump in and try it! hee Love your work. Wishing you a lovely week. :)

  8. Lovely penwork, Juana! :)

    I am fairly new to the world of fountain pens but I sure do love my Lamy JOY (EF nib) and Platinum Carbon pen (very fine line). I plan on getting a LAMY Safari too. You asked about the LAMY fountain pens on my post...the LAMY Safari seems to be a very popular pen among sketch artists. The ink that comes with them is water-soluble but I use the De Atramentis Permanent Ink in mine so I can add watercolour washes over the top. I also have a dip pen which I love....you get great variation of line with them as you know yourself.

  9. Oh, this is VERY fun to see, Juana! There is something special about handwritten things--letters, not least. ;O) And especially something handwritten with a finer pen. It is a beautiful thing--your drawing/painting with your writing along side--I really LOVE this! I used to write with a fountain pen, but sort of lost that after while--email, you know... LOL! I still have a good fountain pen in my stash, but nowhere locally to get ink cartridges--must check online. I've only used a dip pen occasionally, but really enjoyed the flexibility of that. Perhaps that ought to be added to my re-visit list? ;o) Happy Days down the rabbit hole with your pen & ink... ((HUGS))


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