Playing with my tools in this exploratory, and thinking of Andrea Joseph, I had to also play with the various types of ball-point pens in my stash. Uniballs have been my favorite for so many years, first the older Vision Elite, now the newer sleeker Vision Elites.
I found the new color+black inked versions completely wonderful (left side, above),
and only wish they were waterproof. Not quite black, toned down, a great drawing color.
I use the brown-black pen often, but after seeing the red-black wet, I will use this one often too — it looks like sepia brown architectural prints! Mitchell has all the green pens . . . I need to order one of my own. It has a nice forest-green spruce washed color!
I won’t buy the 207 Uniball again. I took a chance on back-to-school sales,
less than a buck a pen. Not too bad, but I like the flow of the Uniball Vision Elite.
Then I channeled Andrea and picked up the pile of freebie ball-points.
(I guess I combined Andrea Joseph with Cathy Johnson in the pen-play! Ooops!)
It is the only way I own a regular ball-point. And I only keep those that have some emotional or memorable significance, with the exception of our accountant’s contact info.
I also through in a few of the “stolen” green pens from Mitchell’s stash (in all honesty these were a gift) and some fine point Uniball Signos that I tried and did not like — but had never tested with water. There is not a pen here I would reach for, except maybe the Pilot G-2, because it has a nice flow. Flow is the reason I don’t like ball-points, I don’t
like their scratchy nature. Contour drawings below in various pens.
I admit I didn’t try a normal ballpoint drawing. Weeping Buddha was drawn with the Uniball Vision Elite purple-black. Images in Stillman & Birn Alpha journal with various Uniball and giveaway pens. Daniel Smith and QoR watercolor paints.
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