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Since the invention of brush pens came about, the risk of spilling my bucket of wash water has come to a good zero, and location didn't matter if I painted outdoors or indoors.
Brush pens have been around for some good 20 years I reckon (Anyone knows exactly when it was first out in stores?). I have no idea when it was exactly first available, but I received it as a gift in a set of soluble crayons with a weird plastic brush- "Pentel Aquash" when I was 10ish, from my Uncle who went to Japan for a business meeting in the 90s.
I didn't know what to do with it when I first got it because the package was all in Japanese. But as time went by, I started to appreciate "that little blue plastic brush" and I became a big fan of it. I now use the brush pen much more than my regular paint brushes unless I needed a bigger or more detailed wash.
Besides Pentel, another Japanese art materials giant - Kuretake, makes them too.
A while ago, I bought myself a Kuretake brush pen and upon using it, I thought I would want to pen my thoughts down on the differences between both.
Made with soft plastic and lightweight, it has an open-wide-end screwcap mechanism for water intake.
- Easy refill of water
- Effortless squeeze and easy control of flow of water
- Compact size with a well-sized water volume
- Soft bristles for easy control
- Brush bristles are softer and fray easily
Sturdier than Pentel, it has a unique suction mechanism for water intake.
- Sturdier plastic and well-refined body and brush bristles
- Slightly bigger water volume
- Looks well crafted
- Clip cap design
- Sturdier body meant it was harder to control the squeeze for an accurate output of water
- Longer body hence might not fit all pen cases
- The unique suction mechanism makes it water refills inconvenient, especially for artists on-the-go
- Slightly more expensive (According to prices in Tokyo)
Although I would wish for a sturdier brush for Pentel, I think the comfort of using it makes up for it! Definitely recommended for all on the go.
I had the privilege to be invited to the opening party of BLOSSOM BLAST (Big thank you to Miki!) , BLOSSOM BLAST is designed to celebrate female ambition and showcase the amazing talent pool of female artists based in Japan in tandem with the 2016 International Women's Day. The spotlight was on female artists and issues we today face contrasting with the dominating male counterparts in Tokyo's art scene even till today. And with that I could relate to it too, being a creative in Tokyo myself.
This show is put together by the fantastic crew at TokyoDex and UltraSuperNew Gallery (Together with Heineken & Adobe Creative Cloud), with Miki Saito as the curator. Featuring works in various media of ink, acrylic, installation and styles, each and every piece tells a tale. Celebrating and raising awareness for women in the arts and bursting with energy, pop colours, lines and shapes, it's definitely worth a visit for both men and women! If you are near Harajuku, Blossom Blast will be on today till 16th March so be sure to get down to UltraSuperNew gallery for some real girl power!
I happen to speak with Rika on her painting. Rika's painting of a hallucinating female portraits a girl with many different sides: of spiders, flowers, and butterflies in relation to one's feelings.
Here's directions to Ultrasupernew Gallery @ Harajuku