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-- 14 July, 2004 --

My new best friend

faces.JPGThere has been lots of discussion on one of the mailing lists that I subscribe to at the moment about the virtues of the Rotring Rapidoliner pen for use in art journal sketches. Never being one to be left out, I went looking for one of these to give it a try - until I saw the price! I think everyone on the mailing list must have raided eBay because there are none available there today. A search of Australian stationary stores on the Internet shows that not very many of them sell this pen and those that do are charging somewhere between $40AU and $50AU.

Of course, this prompted a trip to one of my favourite art supply shops 'just in case'. They didn't even have the pen although the lesser Rotring that they did offer was about $38AU. The did have an alternative for $26AU which, considering all I really wanted to do was to give it a try, was a much better deal. The pen that I did buy was a Staedtler Marsmatic which appears to my uneducated eye the same sort of pen as the Rapidoliner. It accepts both Rotring ink and Staedtler cartridges - my choice as I am too lazy to carry about the bottle of ink.

After spending heaps more money at the art supplies shop (you can't just go for one thing!) The Poet and I went off to have lunch at an Italian cafe in Leichhardt - great gelato! - and I gave the pen a quick try out on one of the other patrons. I'm in love! - with the pen, not the patron! Of course, it doesn't improve my sketching but it flows much, much better than the felt tip that I used to do the little boy in ski gear that is on the same page. Obviously, more practice needed.

Posted by robynls at July 14, 2004 5:48 PM


Hi Robyn,

Thanks for the info about the pen.
I have been searching for rapidoliner for a while...almost asked Zoe, or who ever to purchase one for me in NY. I'll try the Staedtler first,
providing my art shop stocks this pen.
They had no knowledge of a pen called rapidoliner at all but the young girl was very helpfull and rung about asking questions till she tracked down one set somwhere in the city (Melb.)
I almost had a fit when she told me what price they are here in OZ. Totaly not fair!!
US artists are real fortunate to have all the supplies available to them and very reasonably priced.
Let you know how I go.

Posted by: marie at July 15, 2004 12:29 AM

Heavens to Betsy (not quite sure why I dug up that expression), it looks like drawing with pen is expensive. No wonder, I stick to pencils and charcoal...lol. The important thing is to find a drawing implement you are comfortable with and use it and it looks like you may have accomplished that mission.

Posted by: Detlef at July 15, 2004 10:01 AM

Hi! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your posts. I'm totally addicted to browsing art journals right now =)

I'm learning lots from the egroup. I don't consider myself a 'real' artist hehe, but it's nice to have the info anyway. Hope I can get to try all these pens and pastels soon ;-)

(this is ian rica from the artistsjournals list)

Posted by: u l a n at July 15, 2004 11:24 AM

woops, i got confused, I saw your link in the Purple Ink egroup =)

Posted by: u l a n at July 15, 2004 11:26 AM

Hi all,

Just stumbled across this thread and thought I'd make a quick mention of the fact that you might want to check out ebay. Just so happens that I just listed a set of rotring pens similar to those mentioned on this thread. They are second hand but have been fully refurbished. You should be abe to pick these up at probably 20% or 30% the cost of what you would pay new. Try a search on 'Rotring Technical Drawing Pens'


Posted by: Wolfgang at July 16, 2006 9:11 PM

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