Introduction: Ink Brush Made From a Chopstick

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Ever find yourself hanging on to some of those cheap wooden chopsticks that they have out for free at, say, a grocery store sushi display? Here's something to do with them, fellow hoarders. A super-simple process yields a really stiff wooden brush that i personally really like using for India ink drawings.

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You can get these basically anywhere you would buy sushi in those little plastic containers - grocery stores, cafeterias, etc - and they're totally free!

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If you don't have pliers you could probably do this with your teeth

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really, be gentle

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use your discretion

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uh huh,

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be aware of how the wood is reacting to you, be nuanced, pay attention to what you're doing

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the packaging from triple-a batteries is what i have had success with

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you can use the hard back of the stick for solid lines which come out with sort of a drip-shaped taper, like the 3 lines that constitute the little symbol in the bottom right-hand corner. i used black india ink but i bet these brushes are fun with all sorts of materials. have fun, experiment


Skwurlito (author)2015-02-21

good idea! I think you should've drawn all the pictures with it, drawing with a mouse isn't easy and looks like a kids art project lol.

Skwurlito (author)Skwurlito2015-02-21

that tigers looking good as well.

CatTrampoline (author)2011-08-03

Great idea & beautiful tiger painting!!

d-s-b (author)CatTrampoline2011-08-03


adidame (author)2010-11-19

Very nice! I will use this for some of my work! Thanks for the idea. Love your tiger too.

d-s-b (author)adidame2010-12-08

hey thanks!

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