Pen Graveyard

I have this red cup sitting on my drawing table that, well, for lack of a better term, serves as a “graveyard” for my pens that have lost their use. I have this difficulty in letting my creative instruments go, hoping that maybe they may serve some unique purpose at some later date. This is even so when it comes to my more disposal pens like the Microns, which luckily have been a bit useful in their nearly dried out state. I’ve discovered that as they reach their bitter end they release less ink which allows me to stipple in a much finer gray tone where needed, especially one my smaller drawings like the ACEOs. This is more difficult to achieve when the pens are fairly new. But unlike my felt tip Microns that can still give me some use as they breathe their last breath, once my technical pens take a dive that’s it. Needles break or get bent, parts leak or clog to the point of no return. For all the beauty in artistry they provide, technical pens are a bit pricey and high maintenance. My Rotring alone cost me $40. Replacing and/or fixing any issues can cost you at least half, if not as much, as what you paid for the pen itself. Hence my reason switching to something more economical. But I still hold on to them. I still love the feel of them in my hand and the certain air of professionalism they present. Maybe one day I’ll spring for a new one and put more dedication into its upkeep. If you love precise like myself, technical pens are quite lovely to draw with but keep in mind they do require a bit of care to maintain.

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Pen and ink artist inspired by Nature, Beauty, Spirit and Song.

7 thoughts on “Pen Graveyard”

  1. I have heard this before from another artist. Pens are your tools to create so it seems normal to me that you feel a strong connection to them. I used to keep a paper copy of every article I wrote but then over the years I could not keep up with it. I would need a bigger office. My boss didn’t approuve of my request, unfortunately.

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      1. I was joking. Thanks. I would rather work from my home but my office is fine. 😊 About your pens… Why don’t you send them to PenGuyArt.com This website is run by an artist who uses all sorts of pens in his work. He will take all kinds of pens. There is also TerraCycle’s program. Here’s a link that list all the program for recycling pens. That is if you are ready to let your dead pens go. Link: https://recyclenation.com/2015/10/how-to-recycle-pens/

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