I have a NPS project due this month.
Historic Mason Monterey paper and iron “chandeliers” for the Chateau need to be reproduced. The original historic shades
are a century old — not bad for paper —
and covered in grease and accumulated filth from a lifetime of living in the old hotel.
You can see them in the background.
In the foreground is the test reproduction MPF Conservation (us) made to explore
how to reproduce the shades, sitting next to the next five shades due end of month!
Stepping back fully into my life, grateful for this opportunity!
The surgeon’s screw-up led me to even more weeks on my back — literally —
and so now I am woefully out of shape!
The older we are, that slower the climb out of slothfulness!
I have not painted anytime outside of the finish studio this week because f
rankly my arms and back and hands ached!
BTW, I have to say I am in love with this amazing shade of ink:
Diamine Ancient Copper. I only wish it were also waterproof!
Working with this lovely hand-made Japanese paper is a treat.
Sheets of 60×72 inches made by two Japanese men “when they feel like it”
has been a challenge for the NPS to wrap their minds around!
We waited two months to have the paper arrive.
And each batch is different, which is why I have to test the batches.
I am working with organic ingredients — lac flakes, hemp, kozo, human beings!
Moleskin 8×11 watercolor journal, Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
A cheap office supply Sheaffer calligraphy pen and an expensive Lamy Safari pen,
Diamine Ancient Copper Ink and De Artramentis Black Document ink,
and Holbien and Daniel Smith watercolors.
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