Since it’s Inktober as I’m writing this….it’s maybe time to address how easy pen and ink drawing can be! The project today doesn’t require any fancy drawing skills or equipment – just a pen (even a ballpoint or sharpie!) that you already have, and a piece of paper!


Video: Pen & Ink Drawing Techniques

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YT.

The 9 (36!) techniques chart

From 8 basic techniques, applied in four ways each, I made a chart full of great ideas for textures for drawings. I use these basic 9/variations of them, on a lot of my drawings, so they’re tried and true loves.

Download the chart for FREE

Get my chart along with a blank practice sheet from my teaching site by clicking HERE.

I turned my drawing into a slimline Christmas card, but you can also make it a frame-able size and give it as a Christmas gift – how nice would that be?

Sample drawings

Can you see different techniques used in these sketches? 

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  1. Deb

    Ooooh, I’ve never considered the scribble texture for coloring in pieces of art! Thanks so much for these amazing ideas and examples! ❤️

  2. Helena Maria

    Your drawings are lovely. Do you draw them first in pencil or just start right off with the pen?

    • Sandy Allnock

      Sometimes I sketch some layout elements or something that needs to be in proper perspective, other times I just go for it 🙂

  3. Pat J

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I love the black and red card, so I did a version of your pen and ink techniques in my art journal to practice. Then made a mini slimline card similar to yours. I love the modern, yet handcrafted look. Many thanks!!

    • Sandy Allnock


  4. Linnea Sundstrom

    This looks like a great exercise in clearing the mind, relaxing – LUV it! Thanks Sandy!!

  5. Gab

    Congrats to the lucky winners.

    There is something magical about these seemingly simple pen strokes!

  6. Deborah Cooper

    Congratulations to the winners!

    I love the technique!

  7. Nina

    Wow! Those do seem like easy ways to add so much texture! I’ll have to give it a try. I’m sorry about the giveaways. Another blogger I follow (non-crafting) gave up on them because of poor response. Thanks for all you do, Sandy!

  8. Dee Earnshaw

    awesome technique – YOU have so much patience, Sandy 🙂
    Congrats to the lucky winners:)

  9. Terry Nasca

    You are so talented and creative!


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