Novelty Pen 1 – Outline Pen

I love stationery.  I have a vast collection, and I’m always collecting more.  I’ll see random videos online and think “ooo, I need to have that”.  Amongst that collection there are lots of weird one-off pens.  So I figured I’d do a series of using those novelty pens.  Note: these have been done over the space of a couple of years, so some of the dates in the images will seem a little far away.

First up is the outline pen.  You’ve probably seen gifs of this online somewhere.

It has a felt tip nib, and it’s a lot like a paint pen in that you have to shake it and then pump the nib to prime it.  When you draw with it, the ink that comes out is silver and it has a coloured halo effect.  You can get it with other colours, and even in whole sets,  but I stuck to just this one for now.

First up – monster doodles.  And random doodles.

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Note – the coloured halo bleeds through the page.  A lot.

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With these doodles I discovered that when you just sketch with the pen, you don’t really see much of the halo effect.  At least, not the way that I drew it.  So I tried some other methods.

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I quite like the stippled effect, so for my main piece I decided to do a stippled monster, with a patterned background.  With no colouring, I tried to add as more detail to the monster.

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I’m not the most consistent person anyway, but it’s hard to maintain much consistency with this pen.  Sometimes it has a thinner halo, sometimes thicker.  I’m sure there’s a knack to it, but I couldn’t figure it out.

It’s a bit of a messy effect, but kinda cool too.

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Author: Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/artist/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.

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