A month or two ago I bought this book:
It’s a fun idea, making art materials from scratch. It’s also amusing to see where the author goes in the pursuit of creating them ‘from nature’. Some of the tools used to make them are modern (drills, carving knife), and yet it suggests making glue by melting down animal hoofs, etc.
A friend cut me some of her bamboo so I could try making pens. It was easy enough to carve them. However, the book doesn’t say whether to use fresh or dry bamboo, or what kind. My pens shrivelled out as they dried out:
I don’t think I’ll be getting any nice lines out of these!
I’d like to try making my own paint brush and black ink. Hopefully they won’t be as great a failure as my bamboo pens!