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phun with pheathers

This is mostly why I was interested in doing Inktober this year: I’ve been playing with quill pens. Like, I bought 30 goose quills for £5 on Ebay, and I started makin’ pens.

Plenty of tutorials on YouTube, if you’re interested. Basically, you slice the pretty feather parts off, cut the shaft of the feather at an angle up high where the feather is sturdier, tweeze the junk out of the middle, cut a little channel for the ink to go down, and there you go. Quill pen. This is what people wrote with for, like, hundreds of years.

Then I branched out. Rook feathers. Gull feathers. Even a few of the bigger feathers off my chooks. It doesn’t always work, but it’s great fun.

Sadly, my ambition to draw chickens in the style of da Vinci has foundered on the fact I can’t draw like da Vinci. I have phailed.

October 3, 2019 — 7:41 pm
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