Every spring for the last twenty-some-odd years I've stopped somewhere along some road side to grab a few cattail stalks to make india ink pens.
It's fairly easy to do...grab the driest ones, fairly thin, and carve the tip into a point with a utility or x-acto knife. You can also run the tip of your knife through the tip of your pen and split it in the middle like a calligraphy pen for even better ink welling.
I decided to make a small stack of cards using watercolors for the background, and the cattail ink pen for a drawing on top.
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