• Troy Thomas

No Blogging, But Busy Creating

It has been many months since I last published a blog post. I would rather sit at the desk to draw or stand at the easel to paint instead of writing words on a computer screen.

In the months that I have since last blogged, I have done a few paintings and many scribble art pieces. In my quest to create some scribble art pieces that archival, I have come to realize that I have to make some sacrifices for that to happen. What I mean by that is that I can still do "scribbles," but I haven't found an ink pen yet that will give me the same look that I get from the cheap ballpoint pens.

In some recent research, I found that most ballpoint pens use a dye-based ink. For 20-plus years, one of my art tools has been the Pigma Micron pen by Sakura. I actually thought of these pens more like fine-tip markers. In this recent research, I found out that Sakura makes a pen with archival ink - their Gelly Roll pens. As a matter of fact, they are apparently the inventors of the gel pen. In their Gelly Roll pens, they use pigmented ink. The day after learning this, I went to a few different stores looking for these pens, but had no luck. (Michael's sells them online, but they weren't available in my local store.) A few days later, I was in a nearby city and noticed that a Hobby Lobby had just opened up there. I went inside and was happy to find one package of the Classic Gelly Roll pens, so I had to buy it and started experimenting with those pens after returning home.

"NIC 180822" is the top image in this post. I used Pigma Micron pens to create that on 11"x14" mixed media paper. "Abstract 180904" is the second image. I used the Gelly Roll pens on 11"x14" mixed media paper. I still like the end results from both of these pieces, but they just don't give me the same effect when trying to use multiple colors within the same scribbled field.

For now, I think I will continue to create the artworks with the cheap ballpoint pens, but I will also continue to make artworks made with the Pigma Micron pens and the Gelly Roll pens.


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