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The Watersoluble Pens

October 29, 2013


Went out sketching the other day with the MTL:USK group. Brought two watersoluble pens to the Mount Royal Plateau. My new Lamy Safari Extra Fine, and equally new Kuretake #13 brush pen. ( I swapped out my usual Pentel Pocket Brush, in favor of the Kuretake, to enjoy the water-soluble properties of their cartridges. Here’s some lines, followed by clear water melting. It’s a neat magic trick. World’s most convenient watercolor kit.


I can also report, the Kuretake is capable of much finer work with the point (vs. the Pentel GFKP Pocket Brush). It’s about twice the price however, so there is that. As well, the K#13 has a metal barrel, that I find quite slippery, so that’s a bit annoying. But you can’t have everything! You have to love the convenience of a convincing ‘real’ (nylon?) fiber brush in a fountain pen format.



16 Comments leave one →
  1. October 29, 2013 2:38 PM

    Badass dude! :D

  2. Linda permalink
    October 29, 2013 2:52 PM

    Thank you! Always enjoy your work and appreciate your call-outs on useful new tools.

  3. October 29, 2013 5:08 PM

    Very useful information, Marc

  4. anne permalink
    October 30, 2013 8:50 PM

    agree with all above, they just beat me to it.

  5. November 2, 2013 8:48 AM

    It works perfectly for this kind of sketching. I love the washy look when the water hits it. Of course your wonderful sketches help. lol

  6. November 3, 2013 9:22 AM

    Great sketches! You have a lovely blog, I’ll be back for more.
    Greetings from the Rhine Valley

  7. November 4, 2013 11:27 PM

    Great sketches, and yeah: the Lamy Safari fountain pens are great for sketching. I use an extra fine (with the red barrel) almost exclusively when I sketch on the train.

  8. Fouad-Michel Sayad permalink
    June 9, 2014 11:06 PM

    I used this same technique in 1978 in Paris using a plain Pilot Fineliner then working my way through completing the sketch with a wet brush…

  9. Erick permalink
    August 17, 2014 3:23 PM

    Quelle encre Noodler utiliser avec les stylos plume Lamy ?

  10. Erick permalink
    August 17, 2014 3:24 PM

    What ink Noodler USE With Lamy fountain pens?

    • August 19, 2014 1:44 PM

      Hey Erick – I use Lamy’s own brand of ink in the pens. They have a ‘name brand’ cartridge you can buy in little boxes of 6 or something like that, or you can get in in a glass bottle if you like to hand-refill.

      • Erick permalink
        August 19, 2014 3:06 PM

        Is it better to use an extra fine or fine nib?


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