What are the best pens for dot drawing?

What are the best pens for dot drawing, better known as pointillism?

Any pen will work, to be honest, but the best are fine tip pens with free-flowing ink. Consistent ink flow is important to create the dots when you put pen to paper. Along with different size pen nibs that will give different effects in dot drawing.  

 Sally the Squid

Shergar the Seahorse

See the following visuals for the different types of effects using my favourite pens, Sta pigment liner Pens, which you can buy from Amazon.

Dot drawing

Brush Pen

Brush Pen

 Pen 0.8

Pen - 0.8

Pen 0.6

Pen 0.6

Pen 0.5

Pen 0.5

Pen 0.4

Pen 0.4

Pen 0.3

Pen 0.3

Pen 0.2

Pen 0.2

Pen 0.1

Pen 0.1

Pen 0.05

Pen 0.05

As you can see the higher the number for the nib size, the bigger and darker the dots get.

Tips on dot drawing: ensure that you hold the pen firmly and is at a slight angle, so when the nib hits the paper your wrist is flat to the paper.

 Pen held at a slight angle.

Wrist position

 

Would you like to learn how to dot draw?

My dot drawing workshop will launch in September, sign up to my newsletter to be kept up to date or email me on, gem.blastock@tgtextiles.co.uk, to register your interest.

Plus check out my latest handprinted collection, Under the Sea, inspired by the creatures of the deep.

 




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