Inky Thots: Robert Oster Monsoon Clouds

 

From the post Wednesday!

I love sketching with soluble grey inks, but this last month I popped a new greyish purplish color in my Benu Talisman pen, which I am loving: PEN CHALET’s Exclusive, Robert Oster Monsoon CloudsTo see the post on the sketch above, go here.  I love this ink so much!!

I know I will want more of this ink!

Properties of Robert Oster’s Monsoon Clouds:

This ink is well-behaved, and does not feather on
any of the papers I normally use, even Post-its.
I consider it a medium ink, neither wet nor dry, and it evaporates quickly with a wet nib.  It has never smeared on me during a sketch.  It has a hint of a pink-red sheen, impossible to image. It contains deep blue-purples, Edging into lavender when it spreads.  When hit with water it moves easily though one pass did not totally disperse it so there was a bit of a ghost.

It is not water resistant.


I kept seeing this as a horizon color…..


My journal is full of entries in this ink!


On smooth Hahnemühle paper I created a very fast sketch of
Savitri as she moved about grooming, trying to capture her in motion!

I love this deep purpley grey.

Other Robert Oster Inks reviewed in this manner to date:
African Gold; Muddy Dragon (and the other Muddy colors which will soon be sold separately), Graphite (the first bottle I finished ever…), Green at Night, Midnight Sapphire, Jade, Melon Tea, Fire Engine Red, Thunderstorm, Charcoal, Citrus, No Fixed Address, Sydney Lavender, Aussie Brown, Heart of Gold, Aussie Liquid Gold, Sterling Silver, Robert Oster’s Pen Chalet Exclusives (Antelope Canyon, Havasu Falls, Monsoon Clouds, Monsoon Sky, Saguaro Green, Sedona Red), and Robert Oster’s Vanness Exclusives (Blue River, Charred Hickory, Hemp, Hickory Aflame).

The non-toxic inks come in 50ml plastic bottles that are
environmentally friendly, using recycled plastic.  They can be tippy,
so I usually put them in a squatty solid container to decant.
All my pens fit easily into the bottle opening to fill.

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Robert Oster’s Monsoon Clouds Ink Sketches


I don’t usually show the images I sketch from, but this is an exception.
This is a view I see almost every night:
Savitri curled into my right side while I try to sketch.
She thinks she helps,
and as I get a good amount of sketching done, perhaps she does.


From that image, I made a line drawing in an ink that is very different,
Vanness’s Exclusive, Robert Oster Monsoon Clouds,
which is no longer sold (but a gurl can hope, HINT HINT).


I moved the smokey-purple-grey ink to shade the drawing with a waterbrush.
I hoped would influence the watercolors over the top in an interesting manner.


I love the way this sketch turned out!
I love the interesting color shifts and will use this ink again and again with watercolors.


Vanness’s Exclusive, Robert Oster Monsoon Clouds (which is no longer available).
Or perhaps they will get more in —
Please, if you are listening, I know I will want more of this ink if I can get it.
Full review Friday!

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Three Cats: The End of a Sketchbook


Sleeping in Mitchell’s legs, all three of them.
I don’t know how he does it…
but maybe that’s what keeps him warm on cold winter nights!
Chonky Gibbs, left, Yaman, center, and Savitri, far right.

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Inky Thots: Robert Oster African Gold

Robert Oster Signature African Gold is my favorite gold sketching and
suitable for the office and of course, my artwork.
It is a rich gold going into a blackish sheen.
I don’t think of it as a shading ink.

Others review these inks just for writing; I am also interested in how they are used for ink-painting!

Properties of Robert Oster’s African Gold:

African Gold is well-behaved,
and does not feather on any of the papers I normally use, even Post-its. I consider it a medium ink, neither wet nor dry, and it evaporates quickly. It has never smeared on me during a sketch. It has a hint of sheen, but this is not noticeable in writing. When the dry ink is hit with water it moves easily with no ghosting, so is not water resistant.

Notice the green-blue edges, right.

*Above, watercolors  from Daniel Smith and QoR.*

When the edge is touched with water it moves easily with no resistance into rust tones.
Looking at watercolor comparisons, above, good color matches
for African Gold are Nickel Quin Gold, Quinacridone Gold,  and New Gamboge, moving into Van Dyke or Burnt Umber.


My lion was lightly sketched then drawn with a TWSBI Eco 1.1 on cold press watercolor paper, then the African Gold lines were touched with water using a Pentel Aquash waterbrush.  The lines do not stay visible but quickly lose themselves in wet color; I was able to gently build up layers of color by layering over dried areas quickly with the African Gold ink on a saturated brush, which kept the dried ink below from moving.


Wikipedia offered the image from which this sketch was drawn.  I let the sketched lines completely dry on smooth Hahnemühle paper in my Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook.  I came back and touched the lines, adding inky color on my waterbrush and layering once or twice, but the lines moved too much!
I came back again and drew the African Gold lines over the painted areas.

When my mom was in the hospital I made this sunny rendition of her favorite bronze sun, which I inherited from her.  Sorry can’t show the entire thing as there is writing which is personal. DeAtramentis Document black lines with African Gold ink.

Other Robert Oster Inks reviewed in this manner to date:
Muddy Dragon (and the other Muddy colors which will soon be sold separately), Graphite (the first bottle I finished ever…), Green at Night, Midnight Sapphire, Jade, Melon Tea, Fire Engine Red, Thunderstorm, Charcoal, Citrus, No Fixed Address, Sydney Lavender, Aussie Brown, Heart of Gold, Aussie Liquid Gold, Sterling Silver, Robert Oster’s Pen Chalet Exclusives (Antelope Canyon, Havasu Falls, Monsoon Clouds, Monsoon Sky, Saguaro Green, Sedona Red), and Robert Oster’s Vanness Exclusives (Blue River, Charred Hickory, Hemp, Hickory Aflame).

The non-toxic inks come in 50ml plastic bottles that are environmentally friendly, using recycled plastic.  They can be tippy, so I set the bottle in a more solid container to decant. All my pens fit easily into the bottle opening to fill.

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Gibbs, Acrobat Cat

He gets into everything…

He is a chonky fella now
so it is a bit worrisome
when he decides to walk
along a narrow 2-inch
walkway or worse,
try and walk along
the edge of a basket!!!

I say “NO!”  He laughs… really, I’ve heard him!

He is the cat-who-does-not-mind, AND, sweetness personified, our love, our Hari-Gibbs.

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Once a Beach Gurl


Random images from my journal
during a friend’s surgery.

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Gratitude, not just at Thanksgiving


One key to surviving depression is gratitude.
Every day I write about what I am grateful for,
even if it is just a line during the day in my journal.
The more depressed I am the more I do gratitude if I want to move away from the dark matter
looming in the corners of my vision, waiting to slip into my consciousness.

I record joyful moments.


But no mistake, I also record the horrendous.
Right there in my art journal or writing journal next to the gratitude.
Writing it down, sometimes creating an image, releases it from my mind.

But daily I write and draw gratitude.


This morning I am grateful for sleeping in late again.
I am grateful for Mitchell doing “Tiger Cat” with Izzee on the bed,
and that he loves her more than a perfectly made bed..
I am grateful that we get to have the cats with us while we work.
I am grateful that the crows and pigeons love my feeding them,
and that we have good food to eat.
I am grateful for making marks, and sharing them with you all.
I am grateful that Mitchell gets as much joy from the huge cat forts I build to amuse them,
even though we have to walk around them all day long (image coming)!
I am grateful that he cleans up the vomit!
Most of all I am grateful for Mitchell loving me, and for loving him.

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Accordion Hearts


Home sick last week, a cold… Feeling really punky.
Not able to wrap my fuzzy mind around anything, so went to
icon I’ve doodled and painted all my life, hearts.
Cheery.  A symbol of love.  What’s not to like?

I drew them all first using a Platinum Carbon pen…
In a folding journal that is about 5×3.5-inches.
Then began to play with color.

Wishing you a Heart-Filled Holiday!

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Tools: How I Make My Swabs

I am asked this a lot,
and it is on my inks page,

but thought I’d repost it here.

W20 7 ROBERT OSTER MOTOR OIL INK-1346For my large ink test
I laydown roughly
a half-square of ink, above.
I let it dry, then load
the bottom half of
the imaginary square
with water, and just touch
the edge of the dry ink…
except for the far right corner,
where I scrub the ink with
my brush to see how it moves.

Occasionally you will see
two images for the same ink.
This is because it is a color
that changes in different
lighting so very much!

I like to use the paper that I am going to use in my actual artwork, so I
use Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook or Hahnemühle Watercolour Journal,

Love me some Robert Oster Motor Oil!

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Tools: TWO Bamboo Sketchbooks by Hahnemühle

Hahnemühle makes two bamboo sketchbooks:
the Hahnemühle Bamboo SketchBook, shown below, which is 50lbs;
and the Carnet de Voyage, aka the Bamboo Mixed Media journal by some, shown above,
spiral bound and coming in at 265lbs, which I reviewed in 2017.

This review is for the 50lb Bamboo SketchBook from Hahnemühle. I love that it is made from a sustainable ecological material: 90% bamboo + 10% cotton!
The fast growing bamboo ensures less sustainable raw material resources are conserved.
I like the off-white color, and with the bamboo-textured covers it is an eye-catching sketchbook, and still can accept stickers if you are inclined (I am.)

I was given a large (for me) A4 portrait format; it also comes in A5 portrait.
Each has 128 natural white, not bright white, pages.
At 50lbs, it is much lighter in weight than my normal sketching journal.
The Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook** is my daily sketchbook,
and has smooth white 90lb paper.
But then, it is intended for pencil and chalks!  From the site:
“The natural-white sketch paper with its slip-proof surface is perfectly suited
for sketching and drawing with pencil, coal and red chalk.
Its abrasion properties make for brilliant colours and clear contrasts.”

I tested writing with an HB and very soft 6B pencil, above right,
and this paper loves my Pentalic Woodless pencils.

I tested an EF nib with Platinum Carbon (waterproof) ink over the HB pencil sketch.
The nib was a little scratchy on the lightly textured paper,
but I soon got used to it and then it did not bother me at all.
The ink, and a large dot of DeAtramentis Document Black ink,
did not ghost nor seep through the other side.
Pencil erased completely.

I don’t use colored pencils often but have a nice set of watercolor pencils and tested those;
again, this paper was made for pencil — it was a lovely experience laying pencil down.
I used a fat waterbrush to push the watercolor pencil around on the paper
and the good news: while it is not meant for wet mediums,
it also held up and did not ghost nor bleed on the back side!
(Tip: clip the corners of the pages to keep them flat while drying.)

I didn’t think that this journal would take watercolors, but gave it a try to test it anyhow.
I began with an ink drawing, and then began with the wash of the sky.
The biggest issue was the wash caused the paper to buckle,
making a nice sky a little difficult.  However, adding the clouds to the bottom was easy,
and going over watercolors already on the page went well, which surprised me.
What surprised me more was that the paper didn’t fail altogether, being that the weight is much to light for watercolors.  My overall feeling about the experience though was that I was fighting the nature of the paper, which is clearly not meant for watercolor,
which you can see from the backside, it stood the test of taking wet material,
however, the paper still is not MEANT for watercolor.
But if you were out with this journal and were moved to go for it,
it is nice to know the paper can take it.

The Bamboo Sketchbook is, as are all of Hahnemühle’s journals, a lovely journal.
Because I have it I will push myself to play with watercolor pencils a bit more,
and combine a the ink and colored pencil.  However, for those that follow me, for the artwork that I normally create, I am better suited to the heavier bamboo Carnet de Voyage.

Full disclosure: the Bamboo SketchBook was given to me by Hahnemühle.

In the USA the Bamboo Sketchbook can be found at Wet Paint Art and Hyatt’s:
https://wetpaintart.com/hahn-bamboo-sketch-a4-64sh/
https://www.hyatts.com/art/hahnemuhle-bamboo-sketch-book-a5-B22062
https://www.hyatts.com/art/hahnemuhle-bamboo-sketch-book-a4-B22064

The spiral bound heavier Carnet de Voyage which I reviewed earlier can be found here:
https://wetpaintart.com/bamboo-carnet-de-voyage-6×10/
https://www.hyatts.com/art/hahnemuhle-bamboo-mixed-media-travel-journal-B10995

Sending you to their home site because you are all over the world.
**Reviews for my Hahnemühle go-to sketching journal are below:
Tools: Nostalgie Sketchbook by Hahnemühle;
and Nostalgie Book 2017 shows the first year, 2017.

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VSW: New Caledonia Hut, Two


The Virtual Sketchwalk group on Facebook explored New Caledonia
in October with wonderful images from Aniko Szedlak (pic below)!
They are a balm to this beach-loving gurl’s soul.

I want to live here...

My books might have to go into a library
but I can work with the rest of the lack of personal items!


Used the leftover greens to finish off this last image of the hut!
Love the pop of red!

This last one was finished in about 15 minutes.

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VSW: New Caledonia Hut, One


The Virtual Sketchwalk group on Facebook explored New Caledonia
in October with wonderful images from Aniko Szedlak (pic below)!
They are a balm to this beach-loving gurl’s soul.

I’d like to be there NOW!


I love all the greens!

I put Sap Green and Leaf Green and
Diopside Green and Serpentine (all Daniel Smith)
on my palette and then mixed for each area.
Added a little red to the green to get a burgundy for some of the leaves.

Very fast sketch, and what took long was letting the colors dry.

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Bright Ideas: Blue Cat Salt Shaker


We found this somewhat angry
little palm-sized blue cat salt shaker in one of
our treasure hunts in second hand store.
A treasure.
I am looking forward to Covid going away
so we can search for treasures again.

Happy Halloween!

Bright Ideas multi-color journal
(which I am not sure is still sold at Barnes and Noble),
Lamy Joy pen with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen (no longer made)
with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges.

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Bright Ideas: Waxed Linen Twine


Mitchell goes through so much
of this twine in a year when he has upholstery projects.
This is the twine that ties the seats and backs!

Bright Ideas multi-color journal
(which I am not sure is still sold at Barnes and Noble),
Lamy Joy pen with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen (no longer made)
with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges.

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Bright Ideas: Venus of Willendorf


Venus of Willendorf is palm-sized.
I think she is a poured modern fetish;
The bee-headed goddess!

I have painted her HUGE, see below…

Bright Ideas multi-color journal
(which I am not sure is still sold at Barnes and Noble),
Lamy Joy pen with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen (no longer made)
with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges.
Big canvas is acrylic paint.

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Bright Ideas: Tiny Dewar’s Bottle


Mom was a scotch drinker
but not a Dewar’s fan.
Not sure why we have this palm-sized bottle
but it has been around forever.

Bright Ideas multi-color journal
(which I am not sure is still sold at Barnes and Noble),
Lamy Joy pen with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen (no longer made)
with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges.

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Bright Ideas: Waterman Inks


Waterman inks are ancient,
not a trendy newcomer.
They come in few but lovely colors,
are a great price,
and they take good care of our pens.

Happy New Moon!

Bright Ideas multi-color journal
(which I am not sure is still sold at Barnes and Noble),
DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
other inks from Birmingham, Pentel Waterbrush,
Lamy Joy pen with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen (no longer made)
with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges.

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Bright Ideas: Platinum Carbon Pen


I adore my Platinum Carbon pen>
They made a HUGE mistake when they discontinued them…
I bought a few when I heard the news
(guess that makes me a hoarder)
because this is my workhorse pen.
I free-handed this wonky image and it shows.

Bright Ideas multi-color journal
(which I am not sure is still sold at Barnes and Noble),
Lamy Joy pen with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen (no longer made)
with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges.

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