.~~° Glass Dip Pen Drawing ° ~~. (& grinding my own ink)


A long and glorious and time honored
tradition passed down from generation to generation over thousands of years. The secrets of making ink by hand here
ground from an ink block on a grinding stone traditions, which I totally disregarded
and didn’t research at all. The zinc block was gifted to me and
the and the grinding stone as well. And so I just took it and
I dribbled some, you know, like a little dribble of water
onto the stone and took to it with, with moderate gusto and
started grinding away. And to my delight and surprise
and a little bit of satisfaction, I realized I was making my own ink. Well, I mean I guess I didn’t really make all
of it cause I didn’t make the ink block. Maybe I’ll figure out how to do that next. I need to become some sort of ink
scientist I suppose. But I made some ink and I put it in a little, a little glass chalice. And then I used a glass dip pen, which I, well it was also gifted to me and
I had also never used this before, so it was like two things I’d never used
before and I just started going at it, started drawing and it was a lot of
fun. It was great. It was perfect. I do admit, however, that it might
have gone a little bit better. Uh, if I had done a little bit of research
or if I had even watched like a little YouTube video, like how to grind
her own ink or something, you know, just a cursory glance at how to do this
instead of diving right into it on my own. Something about, you
know, how to, you know, the ratios of how much water to
use here, there, how much grinding, the grinding motion, uh, this or that.
Um, cause it was a little bit hard, you know, sometimes it was a
little too pasty and gooey. Sometimes it’s a little too watery,
kind of like mixing cement or something. You gotta get it just right. Uh, so
that your whole house doesn’t collapse. And I wasn’t really concerned
with my drawing. Um, you know, caving in on itself or anything.
But, uh, you do kind of have, have to have it flowing
just right so that your, so that your dip pen works good and
the ink flows off of it. Well. And um, I was running into some
problems a little bit, uh, here and there from time to time. So, uh, after some brief frustrations at for
like half an hour or 45 minutes or so. I don’t, I don’t remember
how long it was. I, well, uh, I give up in a, in a brief fit of resignation and
switched over to Higgins, some sort of, what was it called?
Higgens, fountain pen, India ink. And uh, so I just used that
and said, and it worked great. So I still had a great time using this
glass dip pen and I think I want to get more of those dip pens.
It was very satisfying. Uh, just the feeling of the glass tip gliding
and going over the paper and sometimes it made this really like with
the wood surface under the paper. It made this cool scraping
and scratching noise. And if I was doing like little dots,
it would make a nice thumping. Um, you know, in the back of my mind I was
afraid of it, you know, like shattering. If I put it down too hard or if
I stippled too hard, you know. But thankfully my pen never shattered. I had never been afraid of
my pen shattering before. Um, but thankfully my pen didn’t shatter
and this was a lot of fun. You know, the only downside to a dip pen is that
you do have to go back and dip every now and then. Um, but it wasn’t,
um, it wasn’t like a, it didn’t, it didn’t really hamper
my workflow at all. And so I would, I would do it again. I would, and I really don’t know what the
best kind of ink to do this with is. I’ll probably try it with even a
different type of ink in the future. Um, I might, I will try making my
own ink again in the future. Maybe I’ll watch some tutorials, read a little blog post on howto.com or something, you know, there’s like a million of those. Um,
or maybe I’ll just keep experimenting. You know, it’s, it was kind of a
therapeutic, just grinding away, grind, grind it, made it,
made it satisfying noises, satisfying feelings against
the grindstone, the ink,
my, my fingers, you know, it got a little bit messy. You feel
like you’re really getting into it. And then you started the
drawing with, you know, ink that you had already, like
personally invested in. You know, there’s a little bit of, you know, your drawing was partly ink
and partly elbow grease. So that was pretty cool to me. Um, yeah, so I think I turned out pretty cool. The, I would recommend the glass dip pens
to anyone. They’re not that expensive. Well it depends on, you probably
could get expensive ones. You know, if you’ve got like one custom made with
like gold flakes in it or something, you can, one thing I’ve learned
is that you can always buy, you can always spend more money if you
want to. And you can probably spend, always spend less money if
you want to. So, uh, you know, if you want to buy something more expensive, you could, but there’s always a cheaper version.
Unless you buy the cheapest version, then there’s not a cheaper version.
The cheapest version is to not buy it, I suppose. But then you don’t have it, you can borrow it. Maybe that’s the
cheapest version if a friend has it. And we’re not going to talk about
stealing cause that’s bad and wrong. Don’t steal, borrow and yes. Okay. All right, good. Um, but
it was fine and sometimes the, one of the funner parts of this was, I don’t know if you can see
this in the video, um, but, um, sometimes I would dip it and I wouldn’t
like scrape the pen against the rim of the thing I was dipping it in and uh, there’ll be like a little drop of ink
that would gather and then it would, the drop of ink would plop onto the
paper usually right where I wanted it to. And so I’d have like a big
dark area of ink there on the paper that I would work with
and spread around a little bit and this helped me to make some big dark
splotches there that I liked, that I might not have like worked in
otherwise. Anyways, I liked it. Uh, anyways, thanks for
watching everyone and, uh, this is the part where I say goodbye. Goodbye.

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