NEW ART TOOLS | AUTUMN 2019

This post is a rundown of a few new art tools that I've been using lately....

Tombow ABT PRO alcohol markers *gifted*
These pens were kindly sent to me from Tombow to try out. A new release for the brand, they are alcohol-based markers, rather than their usual water-based versions. You still get a dual pen, with two nib types to create with. One end is a pointed nib, perfect for free-flowing marks and the other is a short angled nib, more like a traditional marker.


Personally, I'll probably always prefer the water-based markers, I like their ease and versatility. But, for an alcohol-based marker these are great! You can layer them underneath other water-based products such as watercolour and ink for a nice dual-toned look, the pigment is super strong, the effects you can create are dramatic and they really are a lot of fun to play with. 




 layered with drawing ink and stabilo woody crayons

 layered with drawing ink and stabilo woody crayons

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Stabilo woody crayons
I received these chubby crayons for my birthday back in August and although I haven't reached for them as much as I thought I might, when I do, I am always happy to be using them. The texture of the crayon is buttery soft, just lovely to draw with. They also create a really cool effect when used for handwriting. You can layer each colour easily and that's probably the best part of them for me. You can mix them with water as well but I find this dilutes the colour too much and they end up looking a little washed out.





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Calligraphy pen
Last Christmas (!) I was given a how-to book and set of pens on calligraphy. Admittedly, I've always been a little scared of trying my hand at this skill. It is such a perfect and neat form of art that I never thought it was for me. I wanted to give it a go though, especially now that I have all the gear... and literally no idea.


 Turns out, it is just as scary as I thought and very difficult to get right. The pressure on your different strokes makes it a lot more like drawing than writing. I have loved experimenting with the different nibs of the calligraphy pen though. Although I find it frustrating at times, I more often find it relaxing and quite meditative. My aim is to try and keep it up in time for this Christmas, so I can at least write out a few pretty cards and table settings!



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