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My Favourite Pen – The Rotring Tikky Graphic


I’m always asked what pen I use. It’s called a Rotring Tikky Graphic and you can now get them from the Rotring Store. I’m not being sponsored by Rotring, this truly is a great pen and I’m more than happy to tell you why.

The inks is black black and permanent. Most importantly for me, it is waterproof which means you can use watercolour or marker pens over the top and the ink will not bleed and dirty up the colours. The Nib is very responsive – I think you can see in the video that i get a really good “flick” effect with the nib. It can be used for neat equal width lines but you do also get that nice, sharp point with the flick that you would also get with a dip pen.

They are disposable.I find I usually wear out the fibre nib before the ink runs out. They are pretty much the same price as a disposable rollerball pen , but you get such high performance from them that I think they are great value for money.

I generally get my pens from cultpens.co.uk who have an amazing stock of weird and wonderful pens from all around the world and they provide a very fast service in the UK. I think they send stuff worldwide too. Don’t look at their site! If you are a penaholic, you will want to buy everything!

I used to use the Rotring Isograph in the old days. It’s a very technical pen that needs a lot of looking after and cleaning out. It also has a fine metal nib which clogs up easily and I was always breaking them! If you love fiddling with pens and cleaning them out, this is the pen for you!

There you are – I’ve been asked so much about this pen, I hope this tells you everything you need to know. If you need to know more – put your questions in the comments box below!

A new box of Marker pens

My friend, the illustrator Kate Sheppard, came round a couple of weeks ago to show me the dummy of a picture book she’s working on. I was so impressed with the way she uses marker pens that I bought myself a few to play with.

I tried marker pens many years ago. You used to be able to get a spray thing that attached to them so that you can use them like an airbrush. That was a total waste of time! I never got on with the smell either nor the way the inks bled into the paper.

But these new Copic Ciao markers are wonderful. They have a hard square nib at one end and the wonderful soft pointy brush at the other. I was so impressed I bought a great big box of them. I have great plans for what I want to do with them. But first I need to learn how to use them!

Have fun watching this video in which I unpacked my big box of Copic markers and have a first go at colouring in my One Direction Cartoon drawing.

They did cost a lot, but you can get smaller sets. I think they are a great investment. You can replace the nibs and refill the pens too, which makes them much more economical over time.