If you don't have access to feathers, you can always buy some at your craft store! Just a little note: the bigger the quill, the easier time you'll have writing with them!
I have left over ink cartridges from my fountain pen which broke years ago, which I'm going to use. You can get ink from your craft store too!
- Pin or needle
- Possibly an art knife for sharpening the tip and smoothing down rough edges. (I didn't use one)
Step 1: Cleaning
|Wash wash wash!|
Step 2: Drying and grooming
|Reshaping the feather|
Step 3: Preparing the Quill
I wanted more of the feather than a quill so all I did was cut off the fluffier down-feathers and a little bit of the barbs above it. You may need to use a art knife to smooth down rough edges of the quill if you have any. I also cut the base of the quill at around a 45 degree angle to give a nice tip. This is the part where I also used a pin to puncture and remove the dried membrane material inside the quill.
Step 4: Write your heart out!
|Quill writing on a piece of scrap paper|
Extra craft! Quill "marker"!
Additional material needed: A tissue!
All you need for a quill marker is a tissue. Rip a piece off, roll it thin and stuff it into the quill tip until it can't fit any more in. No need to pack the quill full of tissue, just enough to reach each end and thick enough to cover around 3/4 of the diameter of the quill. Cut your quill to make sure the tissue hangs out of the tip just right. Dip into the ink to fill up your quill and make a test run on paper. You might need cut the tip to adjust the amount of tissue touching paper.
The quill marker holds more ink and it definitely keeps your writing more even in terms of ink flow.
|Quill marker writing is lovely!|