Dip Pen and Shimmer Ink

In this video, I walk you through the lovely Brause Dip Pen with a Steno/Blue Pumpkin nib and also the new Diamine Shimmer Ink.

I have used the reservoir from the italics nib and added it to the Steno nib so it can hold more ink.

The flex on the Steno nib is just amazing.  It requires even pressure to flange the tip, but with a bit of practise, you can write smoothly and transition quickly for width variations.

Brause Intro Calligraphy And Writing Set

Diamine Shimmering Purple Pazzazz Ink 50 ml

Sketching with a Pentel Pigment Brush Pen


When time is of the essence, a quick sketch with a thick pigment brush pen is a great way to document reportage-style.  The varied brush strokes give it a painterly look.  The permanent ink also lends itself to being washed over with watercolour at a later stage.  The trick to using the Pentel Pigment Ink Brush Pen – Extra Fine is to prime it a little by squeezing the barrel to get the ink flowing and make a nice point with the bristles.  It has a tendency to get dry when not in use and the bristles splay.  A juicy flowing pen helps with the speed of the sketch and gives you the ability to get a very fine line with the pointed tip.  Holding the pen far away from the tip creates a calligraphy-type stroke with lots of fluid and lively movement.