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Most technical pens are refillable but many use their own compatible ink cartridges that should never be refilled from a bottle but discarded once empty. Inks for reservoir type pens are available in filler bottles. Some drawing inks contain a high proportion of shellac that dries quickly and can clog the fine filament inside the ink delivery system within the nib. The most suitable ink is one that is free flowing but quick-drying, with good adhesion qualities. Some water-based dyes do not have sufficient viscosity for technical pens, causing the dye to flow too freely from the nib and flood the drawing. These should be avoided if possible. There are also pens that are more of the disposable variety that work quite well! Micron Pens, Draftmatics, Koh-I-Noor (shop Pens)and other pens are quite useful as techical pens for drafting.
This is a short guide and some helpful tips on setting up your workspace. Be it outdoors, in a studio, there are always things to consider. Support Consider the weight of the canvas you most often work on. Do you need an easel that will hold a heavy canvas? Envision yourself poking or stabbing at the canvas as you would with a brush and think about the stability of the easel. Does the easel move around too much, so as to hinder the painting experience? Adustability Artists sometimes prefer to have the center of the canvas in line with their vision. Because of this, some find it imperative to have an adjustable canvas tray. Also very useful is an adjustable clamp at the top of an easel which attaches the top of the canvas to the easel body for extra support. Adjustable legs offer the benefit of working at various heights, and also allow the user to change the angle at which the easel holds a canvas. Angle flexibility provides artists who work in pastels the ability to work more cleanly, because an adjustment can angle falling chalk particles away from the surface of the paper. Watercolor artists hindered by water movement, and usually limited to working on a table, can benefit from a clamp mounted table easel that adjusts to lie flat. Be sure to consider the space in which you work. The easel you choose should either fit the area full-time or easily fold up out of the way. Portability If you paint outdoors, the portability and weight of your easel become factors. Usually a simple inexpensive model will serve, but you may prefer the luxuries of the more specialized easels which feature carrying handles, backpack straps, a palette and a supply drawer. A Full French Easel can be folded up into a carrying case of it's own such as image shown.