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6 Videos (32m)
    • Introduction and Materials List

      2:00
    • Choosing Your Bamboo

      1:08
    • Cutting Bamboo

      2:45
    • Begin Shaping the Nib

      16:38
    • Drill, Notch, and Split

      4:21
    • Test, Tweak, and Thank You

      5:23

About This Class

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Hi, I’m Jen Dixon artist and tutor, and I’ve been selling my work for over thirty years.
In that time, I’ve picked up and made up a bunch of tips and tricks for making the most of my art space and practice.
Studio Fu is my take on Kung Fu, which literally means “time spent at skilful work.” Studio Fu classes are short, and will help you make the most of your time, tools, and techniques as an artist.

In this episode of Studio Fu we’re going to make our own bamboo pens. Why on earth would we do that when you can buy them? Because you get the satisfaction of a new skill, you can make as many as you have time and bamboo for, and you get killer knife skills (which naturally come with bragging rights).

The introduction video has the materials list (which you can find in the Project section too) and I know you’re going to enjoy this very hands-on, sharp things, power tools and glory class.

Let’s get started!

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8 of 8 students recommendSee All

Illustrative, explanatory, step-by-step narration covering common mistakes and troubleshooting... and downloadable material. In summary: a brilliant class.
terrific class!
Very good instructional class and I am really looking forward to 'having a go' and producing my own hand crafted pen. I particularly liked how you provided lots of problem solving info. Very enjoyable many thanks 8).

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Jen Dixon

Jen Dixon, abstract and figurative artist, tutor.

Jen Dixon works mostly in mixed media abstract and figurative painting. She is also an illustrator, writer, and teaches life-drawing. Originally from Indiana, she now lives in a village on the North Cornwall coast of England.

Having led her first drawing classes at the age of six, she continued with art throughout her school days by selling portraits and sign-painting for local businesses. She taught art to young teens before achieving a degree in Industrial Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Jen has worked as a muralist, corporate display artist for former national retail giant Musicland Group (US), and a commissions painter. She tutors regularly from her studio, and her art hangs in private collections around the world.

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