Wednesday, February 19, 2014

1.1 Brush choice: authenticity or convenience

When you choose your writing brush, you can decide how authentic you want to be.  There are three main categories to choose from.  
  • Easiest to use is a brush marker (at left), which offers a somewhat flexible felt tip and its own internal supply of ink.  
  • A fountain brush (middle), like a modern fountain pen, holds a supply of ink inside its handle. *  
*Some are refillable, others are not.  Its brush fibers are synthetic and its body is plastic.  
  • The classic brush (at right) is made of fine animal hair held in a hollow bamboo handle; you dip it in a shallow dish of ink to keep it supplied with ink.  Its size can range from tiny to mop-size, and its price from a few dollars to a few hundred.  
Make a realistic assessment of your skill level, and don't be afraid to start simple and get more refined as you gain mastery.  


  1. It would be nice to see the trace differences of these.

  2. The picture COULD be better. Main differences: marker and fountain pens save you the trouble of learning to dip the pen and re-shape the brush tip each time. They are inexpensive enough that you can buy some to experiment with.

  3. What I meant is that you could write the same words with all three so we can see the difference in the final work.