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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
Skwurlito5 months ago
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.
that tigers looking good as well.
Great idea & beautiful tiger painting!!
d-s-b (author)  CatTrampoline4 years ago
adidame4 years ago
Very nice! I will use this for some of my work! Thanks for the idea. Love your tiger too.
d-s-b (author)  adidame4 years ago
hey thanks!