This entry was originally posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2012

So you just ordered a ruling pen and you are dying to use it but it won’t come for another week or two.

And you really want to paint!

What to do?

Instead, try making your own substitute ruling pen out of a straw.

All you have to do is cut the end at an angle.

It is best to cut it so that it is at a rounded angle instead of a point.

If it is too pointy and sharp, it will scratch your paper and the mask as you put on the masking fluid.

Now the straw will act like a quill.

Dip it in enough fluid that it will come out easily and not too much so it comes out in a big glob.

You may want to practice before you go and put it onto your painting.

And the best part about a straw.

You can throw it away or cut off the end ready for the next time when you are done.

Leslie Lambert

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