Ni’s Tools and Media Review- Pens- Black Rollerball R-2 INC. 0.7 MM and Staedtler Pigment Liners!


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Rollerball R-2 Black pen and Staedtler pigment liner

Rollerball R-2 black pen and Staedtler pigment liner

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Rollerball R-2 black pen and Staedtler pigment liner


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Ni’s Pen Collections

I love pens! They are my best friends when I sketch or create my arts. I am passionate about patterns, textures,lines,and shapes. So, I always need to have pens and sketchbooks with me whenever I go,especially a nice black roller ball pen. I have a quite selection of different types of pen that I bought in Taiwan and in U.S. over the year. I am constantly trying out the new pens that I can find. So far, there are three different type of pens that I personally love to use.  I have been using–R-2  0.7mm roller ball pen for sketches, Staedtler pigment liner and Pen&Ink for finishing works. I am going to share my humble experiences about these three types of pen with you.

First of all, It is hard to find the right black roller ball pen for my use when I create. I couldn’t be happier when I found my black R-2 Roller ball pen (0.7mm). I love how easy and flow that pen has provided when I do a quick sketch. It also provide consistent lines ,controlled in-flow system,and fairly enough ink supply in my opinion. It is also depending on what type of papers you use with this pen. Comparing to most of roller ball pens, this one is also flow much easier on smooth surfaces. However, you have to be careful not to smash over the ink on your sketches as you go. You will need to be careful,especially the area that you apply multiple times. Also, I found out that I need to apply multiple times in order to get the sharp black that I need sometime for my sketches,but the black ink is decent enough.

So, I have been using this pen for sketching,doodling, or using it for a quick idea layout on my sketchbooks for over 3 years now,and really enjoy using it. I tried to find more information about this pen,but there are not much to find online or on the package. I bought mine at local dollar store,and it is the only place that I can find this pen in store. Here is Dollar Tree online site where you can purchase it. All I know is it is fairly cheap (It is about one dollar for two pens as a set) ,and it give you the flow you want when you use it. I believe that it is not waterproof or acid-free ink of type for this pen as I can’t find any information about it, so I only use it on my sketchbook or a quick idea sketching. I just found out that they have 5 different colors choices now online at Dollar General website. I wish I could find out more information about this pen for you,but there really isn’t much to find online. If you do know more about this pen,please share with me and everyone. 

Next, let’s talk about my new favorite pen-Staedtler pigment liner!! Beside pen and ink, I have been using Micron pen by Sakura and Faber-Castell pitt artist pen. They are both nice pens,but I was looking for more durable product since I use them a lots when I create. Staedtler pigment liner has been my new favorite ever since I use it.This pen is made in Germany, indelible, waterproof on paper, light fast,and it is supposed be cap-off for 18 hours without dry out. I haven’t tried that yet,so I can’t tell you from my experience. Anyway, this pen flow well,and provide consistent lines and inks when I use it. It is fairly light pen to grab. I love how it flow on smooth surfaces,and fairly durable compare with micron pen. I often find myself broke the tips of micron pens that I have been using easily as I press pretty hard when I use the products. However, Staedtler pigment liner is much better choice for me for this matter. It is also not a very easy pens to find at stores. I bought mine at The only complain about this pen is that I wish they have longer ink supplies as I use them a lots when I create. Other than that, I am pretty happy about this brand.

Finally, I can’t complain about pen & ink as I love pen & ink. It gives me freedom to do whatever I want with different types of nip,and acid-free ink will always be dark enough for me. I have learned to use pen& ink when I created my Japanese comic over years ago. You should be able to find it at any art store. It has always been my favorite tool,and there is not much to complain about it personally. Now,I am going to try out different color inks with my illustration project that I am working on now to see if I can come up with something different. I still love black and white. But trying something different is always what I love to do. So, I can’t wait to try out different color inks.

Anyway, my search for the perfect pens is still on,and I will continue to share my new experience with different type of pens as I go.

How about you? What type of pen is your favorite when you create?

Ni’s First Handmade Notebook–Thank To My Dear Artist Friend Kimmie In My Art Group!!

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Ni’s First Handmade notebook 2014.

 I had my art group meeting with all my dear artistic friends last Friday.

It was great to be able to share what we have been doing. Also, we helped each other with our ideas and progress. It has always been my favorite time to talk and share anything with them!! I always look forward to our group meeting each  month. One of our dear group members Kimmie shared her knowledge and tools of how to make your own notebook. It was a great learning experience for me,and I couldn’t thank her enough for everything.

Here is what I did with Kimmie’s help—-my VERY first handmade notebook.

As you all know that I am not a very crafty person,but would like to be one. So, I am so lucky to be able to have Kimmie in our group who has always been sharing her talent and knowledge with me and everyone about crafts. She is a such talented graphic designer, photographer, and paper craft & sewing artist. I am always amazed with her handmade arts. She gave us a well-informed demonstration of how to make these types of notebook by hand. It was eye-opening experience.  She also shared with us her previous projects which I was quite in love with one style of handmade booklet. She mentioned that she may think about have a workshop going,and I am totally there!!!

Please click HERE to go to Kimmie’s blog and see more of her amazing stuff.

I am brainstorming an idea of mine right now,and trying to see if I can combine this technique with my illustration. It will be fun to see what I will come up with.

Trying something new is such a great joy to me!!!

Happy learning something new!!

Inspired By Nature Sketches: All About Acorns!!

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Ni’s Inspired by Nature Series 2013 My sketches of Acorns and leaves
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I am in love with Oak trees and acorns!!! For me, they are so unique and inspiring. I have been sketching all shapes and types of oak tree leaves and acorns lately.  

This is another project of mine that I have been preparing for over 2 years now. I hope that I will finally be able to introduce this project with you all when I am ready. For me, I believe in taking your time and effort to prepare each project that meant so much to yourself. My motto is trying all sort of possibilities and put as much of effort into researches, sketches, and eventually create your own versions of your project that you are working on. I have been developing this special project of mine for over 2 years now,yet I am still not ready yet. I hope to introduce this project with you guys sometime next year.

In the meantime, I will share my sketches along the way.

Happy sketching!!

Ni’s Pattern Design 02: Florals Pattern Designs!

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Ni’s Floral Pattern Designs 2013

Feeling like to create some floral patterns today. So, these two are what I have come up with.

I always love creating patterns by hand or on Photoshop. I am still new to pattern design,but I have fun exploring it.

Happy creating!!!

Inspired By Nature Photos: Nature with My Handwritten Chinese Calligraphy-Compassion/Love!!

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Ni’s Inspired by Nature Photos with my handwritten Chinese Calligraphy-Compassion 2013

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Ni’s Inspired by Nature Photos with my handwritten Chinese Calligraphy-Love 2013

 I took some photos from the Nature on my walk few days ago! Feeling like to spend sometime in Nature, I immersed myself in bird signing, leaves shaking from wind, variety of colors and shapes in Nature, and smell of the freshness from plants and flowers. I was under the weather and could not create anything right so, I decided to take some photos from Nature instead. Then, I was playing around with my handwritten Chinese calligraphy with photos that I took. These are what I have come up with. Just want to explore something different as I always like to do. I had fun trying something different!!!

Please click here to view my handwritten Chinese calligraphy on real leaves on my previous post.

Go out to the Nature and enjoy God’s creation around you!! It is the best inspirational place to be in my opinion!!!!