How to start?

Wash the pen tip in warm soap and water to remove the oily protective film.

Which side of the pen to use?

The pen is designed to use with the serrated side up, but the pen does write on both sides.

Which ink or paints are used?

The Automatic Pens use non- waterproof ink (water soluble inks), designers' gouache, artists' watercolours and poster colours. The paints need water added and thinned to the consistency of milk for the pen to flow. Take care when using acrylic coloured inks or permanent waterproof inks as these dry permanently on the pen. If the ink dries, scrape the pen clean by using a craft knife or rub with Wet or Dry abrasive paper in order to remove the dried ink.

Three ways to fill the pen