How to Use a Glass Dip Pen

As some of you know, I've made 2020 the year I will actually use some of the beautiful journaling, stationery, and art supplies that I've hoarded  collected.  One of these beautiful items is my glass pen (glass dip pen.)

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Have you seen these pretty glass dip pens yet?  I got  mine on Amazon a while back, and it is currently unavailable, but this one is very similar, and is even a tad less expensive. I fell in love with glass pens the first time I saw them (probably at Barnes and Noble.)  If you love pens, you  might fall in love with these, too.

These glass pens are absolutely beautiful. Made of glass (obviously!), they are all one piece, so there is nothing else to buy, other than ink, to get started. Some have a tip like the one above, and some have more of a teardrop shape.  This one, from Scrapbook.com, is all white, so it's not as pretty to me, but it comes with a couple of inks, and there is a video there to see it in use.

I have read that most of the thinner calligraphy inks made for dip pens will work with these, but I have only used the Ecoline Liquid Watercolors with mine. I have heard that the metallic watercolors can be a little bit difficult, as well as the thicker calligraphy inks.  The Ecoline watercolors work beautifully. They come in many colors, and the bottle is convenient for dipping.

How to use a glass dip pen


How to use a glass dip pen

Tips for using a glass dip pen:


Dip the pen in the ink, and watch as the ink climbs up into the grooves.  Let any excess ink drip off.

Hold the pen at a slight slant.

You don't have to know any particular kind of lettering to use these.  Your own handwriting will be just as fun, if you haven't learned any different lettering styles.

The pen writes in a monoline (single line), with no thick and thin variations.  You can, however, thicken your down strokes with a few extra lines, to creat "faux calligraphy," if you like.

I have read that you may have to rotate the pen to find a sweet spot.  Mine, though, writes the same, no matter which way I rotate it. These are all made individually, so they vary.

To clean, simply dip the pen in clean water, and wipe with a paper towel.

Papers


I've used my glass pen with Ecoline watercolors on HP Premium32 paper and my Strathmore Mixed media notebook, with beautiful results, and I think it would perform well on most papers.  A rough textured paper would be difficult though.


How to use a glass dip pen


The beauty of these, over a simple pen, is that if you already have different inks or watercolors, it's like having many pens in one.  Plus, the simple joy of writing with a lovely pen is so satisfying.

How to use a glass dip pen


How to use a glass dip pen


 If you love fountain pens or just writing with a beautiful pen, I think you'll love a glass pen!

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31 comments

  1. I haven't ever seen or heard of these Pam, how beautiful it is! I would most likely break it 😂 I bet it's a lot of fun to use, and how easy to simply dip then clean with water!
    Jenna

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    1. Yes, so beautiful! I am very careful not to drop it, haha! It lives in its own padded box that it came in. From what I've read, they are pretty sturdy in use, and I've found that to be true. As long as I don't put a huge amount of pressure on it, I think it should be fine! Yes, it cleans up so beautifully and simply.

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  2. Oh, my - it's gorgeous! Scarlet would love this. She loves dipped pens from watching too much Harry Potter - ha. I'm not sure she wouldn't drop it, though!

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    1. Haha, it does sound like Scarlet would like it then! And, it would definitely break if dropped! (Well, maybe not on a soft surface...)

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  3. Anonymous9:16 AM

    I hadn't heard of these before either. They look fabulous, I'll have to invest in one

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    1. It's really fun, and inexpensive too!

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  4. I have never heard of them before but they sure are beautiful!

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    1. Yes, it's fun to use such a beautiful writing tool.

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  5. Our daughter and ex-SIL got me a replicate glass pen from a fort in Florida. Now, I'm wondering if you can actually use it as writing pen. The tip on mine is nowhere near as pointy as yours, so now I'm wondering if it would work or not. Hmmm...I will have to ask her. It's probably just for decorative purposes. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Look at the writing tip to see if there are little grooves in the glass. Maybe you could use it!

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    2. Pam,

      There are little grooves in the tip. Perhaps, I can use it. :) I guess it won't hurt to try it. I'm sure I could clean the ink off if it fails. Thanks!

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    3. That's great! Let me know if it works!

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  6. These glass pens are really beautiful looking. Thanks for the blog visit and have a great day and week!

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    1. I hope you have a great day and week too, Julie!

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  7. I didn't know there was such a thing but how fun to work with an age-old technique of writing. Thanks for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Thank you for hosting, Donna!

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  8. I never even heard of a glass dip pen. Even the pen, itself, is beautiful!. Thank you for sharing with the #Blogger'sPitStop and #askdrho

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    1. It's such a beautiful way to write, and just to look at!

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  9. I'm an old ticket writer and calligrapher from back in the 80's and I've actually never used a glass pen. You have me quite intrigued Pam and I need to try this out now.
    Thank you for sharing your tips at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring your glass dip pen post at tomorrow's party and pinning too.
    Hugs,
    Kerryanne

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    1. I bet you will love it! Thanks so much for featuring it - You made my day!

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  10. so interesting! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday! Now try a feather! Did you know that all kosher Jewish Torahs and mezuzahs etc. are written with a feather, just as they always have been!

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    1. Thank you for hosting! That's so interesting about the Torahs and the mezuzahs - I didn't know that! I should definitely try a feather!

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  11. Wow... talk about lovely in so many ways! The glass pen is a piece of art all by itself! Thanks for sharing... This is the first time I've heard of these type of pens!

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    1. I'm really enjoying it, Julie!

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  12. Oh, and between you and me, Pam... I don't think your share buttons are working.

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    1. Thanks, Julie. That pesky Pinterest button has been giving me problems for a while, but I think the others are working. You can still pin from the photos, though!

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  13. This just sounds so elegant. I only dabble in calligraphy and letter art but I can just imagine myself having a go with this, sitting at my writing desk in a sunny corner like Jane Austen! - I may be getting a bit carried away now, but I could sit at the kitchen table couldn't I?!

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    1. Oh, yes, you can still be Jane Austen at the kitchen table, for sure!!

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  14. I bought 2 of them many many years ago in barcelona. I found a small shop with handmade paper an gorgeous glass pens. I don't use them a lot. But I still like them a lot, they are so beautiful! Now I have read your blog, I'm in the mood to use them again. :°

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