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A painter’s line

Jason Bowyer shows you how to make and use your own reed pen, and so follow in the footsteps of Rembrandt and Van Gogh, both of whom used the reed pen and enjoyed its expressive mark-making power

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Reed Cutters, oil on panel, 15╳15in (38╳38cm). I made a series of drawings and paintings of the reed cutters bundling straight, thin reeds for thatching
Collecting reeds Look for dormant or dried reeds. Feel towards the base and snap at a knot or joint. Take a small handful. Feel for firmness

The reed pen has been used by many great civilisations for writing and drawing for thousands of years. I draw with a common reed (Phragmites australis), which is more fragile than other types of reed and has a porous quality. When used with the right drawing materials it can give an adaptable mark and line that is dark or light, thick or fine.

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About The Artist

Welcome to our April issue, packed with inspirational how-to articles by our esteemed artist contributors and tutors. Improve your watercolour painting and colour-mixing skills with Hazel Soan, Paul Talbot-Greaves, David Howell, Judi Whitton, Julie Collins and Paul Weaver, plus learn how to make and use your own reed pen for expressive drawings with consultant editor Jason Bowyer. Enjoy Adebanji Alade's advice on how to sketch your children or grandchildren, and enter our fantastic new monthly sketching competition with great prizes every month and the chance to see your work publicised! If you haven't tried acrylics before, get started with help from Jo Quigley, and then capture the effects of sparkling light in seascapes by following Jenny Aitken's demonstration. We also include insights into how cover artist Paul Regan paints his atmospheric night scenes of urban streets, how to drive sales of your paintings in the digital domain, why you should consider using big brushes for small paintings and how drawing from the cast can be so important for your portrait painting skills. And don't forget to enter our 2018 Open Art Competition with over £17,500 worth of prizes to be won, and the chance to see your work exhibited! See pages 12-13 for full details