For the ink drawing, can I use a sharpie?

by Delmus
(Lynchburg)

Can you use a fine point sharpie instead of the magic ink? Please , don't laugh I'll get this ink all over me, I just know it!


Answer:

Sharpie brand ink pens have a type of ink that will repel the oil paint layer and bleed through the painting. There are several manufacturers that make a felt tip, fine point pens with "water proof India ink." They will be found in your local art supply store in the drawing section. At least, that's where I found mine! Stick with these if the calligraphy pen is gonna make a mess for you.

PS, most art stores have the water proof india ink in pre-loaded cartridges for calligraphy. try those instead of an ink well.

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Here's the scoop on the pen needed for underdrawing your oil painting.
by: Delmus

Here's something very close to what I use. I do have a calligraphy pen with various sized nibs. But these felt tip pens work just as well. The ink must state that it is waterproof. The one that I have is similar, but a different brand and actually states on the pen that it is filled with waterproof India Ink. Brown or black will work fine also.
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What kind of pen for under drawing?

by John
(MN)

Hello again, another quick question--

What kind of pen should I use for the under drawing and what color ink? I've heard different opinions on this. Some people say brown ink instead of black; some people say they use a technical marker/pen instead of the pen nib and dipping ink. Just curious what you use/recommend. Thanks!

Hey John! thanks for a great question. I've got to slip out to the studio to get the info, I'll be back with an answer. Can't remember the brand of ink I used on the last few paintings. I've also got a nifty pen that has indian ink in it already that works great too!



Here's something very close to what I use. I do have a calligraphy pen with various sized nibs. But these felt tip pens work just as well.



The ink must state that it is waterproof. The one that I have is similar, but a different brand and actually states on the pen that it is filled with waterproof India Ink. Brown or black will work fine also.



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Multiliner SP 10A Set 






Blick Black Cat Waterproof India Ink

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Here's the scoop on the pen needed for underdrawing your oil painting.
by: Delmus

Here's something very close to what I use. I do have a calligraphy pen with various sized nibs. But these felt tip pens work just as well. The ink must state that it is waterproof. The one that I have is similar, but a different brand and actually states on the pen that it is filled with waterproof India Ink. Brown or black will work fine also.
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