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    Rapidograph & India Ink

    2.5 x 3.5" artist trading card, white india ink on watercolor, watercolor paper

    I stumbled on my long forgotten Rapidograph set, circa 1980's. Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph technical pens are produced in the Czech Republic. Each pen has an ink barrel which you can fill with india ink or fountain pen ink. The set has a variety of nib sizes. I tried out the .5 nib with a new bottle of Doc Martin's Bombay White india ink. The mandala was drawn on an artist trading card made from cutting up an abstract watercolor painting (see How to Make ATCs from Abstract Art). Couldn't wait to see what would happen... drew this at the kitchen counter while dinner was cooking!

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    Reader Comments (11)

    I found two sets of Rapidograph pens at the second hand store recently! Love your card. Now I can't wait to try them out!

    08.16.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

    i just love visiting your site...always inspires me!

    08.17.2009 | Unregistered Commenterstacy wills

    That is great. I haven't used rapidiograph pens since High School. And I really need to get some of that white ink.

    08.17.2009 | Unregistered Commenterrowena

    Still remember buying it just out of college, it was expensive! Sooooo glad I found it!

    08.17.2009 | Registered Commentergypsy

    so you used the ink on top of the watercolor? I wonder if the ink could be used as a resist....

    08.17.2009 | Unregistered Commenterbiffybeans

    Beth, What a brilliant find! Lucky girl! Looking forward to seeing how well they work out of the box.

    Biffybeans, I think the ink could be used as a resist with watercolor, I might try that next. If you try, let me know what happens!

    ~ Tammy

    08.17.2009 | Registered Commentergypsy

    OMG! I just found my rapidograph pens too! I studied interior design in college and now of course it's all computerized. I was going to sell them but now I think I will use them. Never thought to use anything but black ink...this is great! They will have new life now. Thanks for sharing!!!

    08.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterTamra

    Tammy! You knew that this would be enough to send me to the local Dick Blick store for the ink and to peek at the Rapidograph pens. Well, the $27 cost of the pens drove me home to search through the rubble to find the ones that I bought on sale about 4 years ago. Bingo...ink and pens are now in the house. Thanks for the info!

    08.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaryl Howard

    I just bought two more india inks... magenta and indigo blue. So vibrant! I'll share when I do some art with them!

    Karyl, So cool that you found the old set; it's thrilling to hear that everyone is intrigued with their rapidograph sets.

    It's really a different experience using a technical pen, though I still love pitt pens & microns. Just got an extra superfine black pitt pen, an amazingly thin line. Wow.

    ~ Tammy

    08.17.2009 | Registered Commentergypsy

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting at my blog too! My first day went great today, thankfully, so I'm looking forward to the rest of the week :)

    08.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

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