Tips & Methods


When using brush pens, remember to think of them as traditional brushes. As I mentioned on this page, there are many types of brush pens available, but the ones I’ve used in this book are the best for the effect and the mindful feeling we’re looking for.

In terms of which brush pen to use, it depends on the project. For instance, if you are drawing a very delicate and elegant bird with gentle movement, I would advise you to use the fudenosuke. For a bolder, stronger effect, a Pentel brush pen or Japanese ink pen would be better, as they offer more fluidity and can create larger strokes.

Use a Japanese brush and a brush pen the ...

Get Mindful Artist: Birds and Botanicals now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience books, live events, courses curated by job role, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 top publishers.