Color Brush Trees
Christmas Day, 25th December 2003,
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Richard Bell's Wild West Yorkshire nature diary
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present-opening and before our Christmas dinner how can I resist
sketching the trees of the shrubbery seen from the bay window of
my brother-in-law's Victorian house?
A tall beech and a couple of sycamores are amongst the trees that
grow with an understorey of evergreen hollies and variegated laurels.
Helen and John, a couple of artist friends, have tracked down -
and given me as a Christmas gift (thanks!) - this Pentel
Color Brush, intended for designing and sketching, which
is available with sepia ink cartridges. As with the waterbrush which
I recently started using, squeezing the body of the pen controls
the flow of ink and you can use a tissue to remove excess ink from
Three things to be aware of:
the ink doesn't dry instantly so you need to be careful not
to smudge what you've just drawn (as I did on this drawing
of the bare branches of a Turkey oak, right).
The ink tends to come through the page a little; at least it
does on the cartridge paper I'm using.
Pentel warn that colours may fade when exposed to daylight
or artificial light for long periods.
None of which should be a problem for sketchbook or illustration
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