Finished a Journal!

Finished my Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook just before the election.
I’ve been slow to post.  Sorry there were pages I had to leave out;
family members still alive.  Who knows if they dip into my blog?
I am doing so much more writing again.
I keep my sanity by writing the upset and the gratitude.

Decorated the front cover, no image of Hari because he wasn’t with us;
A reminder how things change!

By 2019 I hope to be teaching how I journal!

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Okay, Again, Carousel Horses are Coming!


So our last try at moving the carousel into our studio was thwarted:
Our main moving guy, one we trust, fractured his ankle.
We have deadlines, so are scheduled for the move again tomorrow!

Mitchell moved a few items two weeks ago.
The Jantzen Beach Carousel horses, rounding boards, shields, and sleighs
are soon to arrive… KENAHORA KNOCKING ON WOOD!!

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Bugs and Birds!


In the studio near the end of the day, especially in winter,
the window facing the river becomes an attraction for the cats.
Yaman and Savitri are teaching Hari-Gibbs-Tiger-Terror-TANK
(yes his name is getting longer by the day) the ropes.


It begins with the bugs.  Beetles, mostly,
and they come to the warmth of the window (outside) looking to come in….

Yaman the Bug Hunter is there to greet them!
“BEGONE BUG!!”


In the end they stay to watch the crows go home…
This scenario always delights us…

Remember Savitri’s bird-watching images from summer?

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Small Moments


Sometimes in the midst of extreme sorrow and worry,
there are those moments that open your heart:
glimpses of M’s twinkling eyes or a carefree cat streaking through the studio
or Savitri’s feet.  Her feet slay me.

I didn’t do them justice, but there is that memory in my journal.

I keep a commonplace book, do you?
A book of quotes that move me.

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Horses are Coming!


An exciting project,
the restoration of the Jantzen Beach Carousel,
is moving into our studio
*that’s MPF Conservation, our business studio.*
After weeks of posting daily, I am taking a break…
We had the move planned and then our main moving man fractured his ankle.  Things have moved out two weeks
but I am slammed with work and with cold!

We will get the horses corralled in a couple of weeks.
It’s been a busy crazy time…  I need a posting break!
Be back soon!

Still sketching, not posting!

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Inktober 31, Last but not Least


I’m finishing a sketchbook from the Sketchpack Project this year…
As it was all about pen and inks, seems a good fit to finish Inktober!

Three pens and ink and we are finished… posted all today!

For my birthday Mitchell bought me the bright red Karas Custom K Fountain pen.
I love this pen, and thought I might pair it with a true red, then a graphite grey,
But this amazing grey that is a purpley grey was discovered and that is the ink for the pen.  Purple Jazz, which should be called Purple Storm Skies.
That is what I will think of when I use it.
And amazing shading ink, this one will be for sketching
where I want to move water into it for effect.

Robert Oster I love you!

*Note, see below to buy the Karas pen from me…
It hurts my hands to use for any length of time….*


Tried the Monza flex because it came with a bottle of Monteverde ink —
Basically a free pen.   I have not played enough with the flex nib to comment.
It doesn’t seem too flexy.
It doesn’t give me flexy-sexy lines, like a stub or architect’s nib.
We’ll see.
I’ve hated flex nibs in past, but only tried Noodler’s and as I hate the Noodler’s line of pens it is no wonder I’ve a bad experience.  I’ll tell you how I like it after I’ve played with it.

Robert Oster’s Fire Engine Red ink (sample) is in it and it is a lovely TRUE RED!
I am sure that I will own this bottle when I need a new red ink!


I started the Sketchpack Project with a Moonman and am ending it with one,
unplanned.  I fitted it with a 1.1 Goulet stub nib,
but that is not because the nibs are not great but because I like stubs!
I bought another of these lovely inexpensive pens and filled it with Robert Oster’s Emerald.  The man has to STOP making new colored inks as they are each better than the last, though this may be one I had simply not seen before.


Another Inktober finished. 
This is my favorite challenge,
because I like to draw and paint in inks!

Selling my pen… I know enough about my likes in a pen and so I am making a fast decision.  The stub has to be used in the upright position or it skips, and that position hurts my arthritic hands.  I don’t think there is any other issue like a flow problem — it appears to be a fussy pen for how you hold it.  1.1 steel bock nib.  Mint condition.
Comment and I will email you if you are interested.  I am sending 4 ink samples with it, Priority shipped for $80.  Not recommended for peeps with arthritis!
Know that other nibs can be purchased through JetPens.

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Inktober 30, Two Cheap Platinums


I’m finishing a sketchbook from the Sketchpack Project this year…
As it was all about pen and inks, seems a good fit to finish Inktober!

Update from the time I wrote this about it leaking…
I had turned it into an eyedropper and it can’t be done.
So my bad.  I will rinse and fill an ink tube.

LOVE the De Atramentis Document Purple ink.
I’ve wanted this a long time and finally, it is here.
Lovely color, WATERPROOF (yaya!), though it doesn’t paint as easily
as some permanent inks… oh well.

The Preppie is a great workhorse — is it one of the best pens, and that has nothing to do with price.  Writes and writes and writes even if the ink is left in it forever.

I tried the Rohrer & Klingner Sketch inks, and was a little underwhelmed, but the blue (Marlene) is beautiful, bright, and so far, permanent.
I haven’t tested it on many papers but will buy a bottle for when I want a true blue.
I have the Super5 Atlantic for a great permanent “off” blue!

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