The Nib Section

16 - Paint With All the Colours of the Wind

March 28, 2018

Fountain pens are not just for writing with - we also use them for doodling, sketching, colouring-in, and all kinds of art-making. Chuck, Brian, Melissa and Diana discuss their own (mostly modest) creative attempts, while Diana sits down with the illustrious Liz Steel to chat about the urban sketching movement, working in line and wash, and why she loves sketching with fountain pens.


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The hosts were Chuck Montano (@entree3000_), Brian Saputro (@briansaputro), Melissa Graf (@grafrell) and Diana Dai (@thegrynne).




01:38—What We Are Writing With


Melissa: Pilot Vanishing Point Twilight

Brian: Sailor Sapporo Four Seasons Meigetsu Autumn Moon Ivory Lame

Diana: Graf von Faber-Castell Intuition Platino Ebony

Chuck: Conid Minimalistica


07:00—Art-Making with Fountain Pens


Cadmium: The rare paint pigment faces a Europe-wide ban and artists are seeing red


Melissa’s website

Noodler's Black

De Atramentis Permanent Document Inks

Sailor Kiwa-guro

Platinum Carbon Black

Katsushika Hokusai

Okiyo "floating world"

Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji

Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki

Nakaya Decapod

Waterman 12


25:50 —Interview with Liz Steel


Liz Steel


SketchingNow Watercolours Course

Danny Gregory's Everyday Matters

Urban Sketchers

Gabi Campanario

Urban Sketchers Facebook Group

Urban Sketchers Sydney


Teoh Yi Chie on Youtube, Parkablogs and @parkablogs

@kiahkiean ("KK")

Daniel Smith Cerulean Blue (Chromium)

Liz's watercolour palette

Liz's Lamy Joy and other sketching pens

Sailor Fude de Mannen

Pilot Custom 742 FA (falcon) nib

Pilot Prera

Mixing colours with De Atramentis CMYK Permanent Document Inks

Sailor Storia Mixable Pigment Inks

Super5 Waterproof Ink

Platinum Desk Pen

Goulet Guests Spotlight on Liz Steel

Lost and found edges in watercolour


Fountain Pen Sketching Series at Liz’s blog

Platinum Preppy

Pilot Kakuno

Pilot Metropolitan

Goulet Pens’ Liz Steel Package Set


01:10:00 —Recommendations


SquarePeg Studios Jewellery Courses

Mare Internum

Festival in the Desert


01:14:00 —Thanks and Credits


Producers: Diana Dai, Chuck Montano, Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.

Recording and editing: Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.

Special thanks to Liz Steel for talking to us.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

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