Category Archives: calligraphy

Killing Winter With Orange, Pens

Showing my orange pens some love — especially as I added a new pen to the lineup, a bright orange Nemosine — so cheery to use when it is grey skies for a month. Beat the doldrums! Kill winter with … Continue reading

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1584 by Hahnemühle Giveaway!

DRUM-ROLL…. And the TWO winners are: From this blog post pull: atoomre! Our winner on Instagram is stacy.hannon! CONGRATS!  EMAILS ARE ON THEIR WAY! BTW, they can be purchased at Wet Paint Art and Hyatt! To hear about classes and … Continue reading

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Morning Coffee

I wanted to be writing a different kind of blog about my artwork “Morning Coffee” today. I sketch about our lives, and especially times with Mitchell and the cats, the best times of the day, cooking, laughing, color, sharing. Mitchell … Continue reading

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1584 by Hahnemühle Giveaway!

The new 1584 Journal by Hahnemühle was sent to me for review by Hahnemühle. They also sent me two journals for giveaway! I added everything you need for your first day out with your journal! To enter, sign up below … Continue reading

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Pen Love

   Who knew in 2015 I would fall in love with fountain pens? My sketch was of the beginnings of my pen obsession… Done in a Moleskin and a Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges, it helped … Continue reading

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Sketchpack Project 2018: Pen and Ink, Week 4

This year’s theme: Pen & Ink This year my Sketchpack is to be all inked drawings with a bit of water to move ink color.  I almost passed on Di’s challenge but I always have a good time! Making it … Continue reading

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Sketchpack Project 2018: Pen and In, Week 3

This year’s theme: Pen & Ink This year my Sketchpack is to be all inked drawings with a bit of water to move ink color.  I almost passed on Di’s challenge but I always have a good time! Making it … Continue reading

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VSW: Harold Washington Library, Chicago, 2 Watercolors

I added a wash coat of color and a bit of detail to the ink sketches. Being a line-work gal, not sure which I like best…  You? Moleskin 8×11 watercolor journal, watercolor pencils and Pentalic HB woodless pencil, Platinum Preppy … Continue reading

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VSW: Harold Washington Library, Chicago, 1Ink

I look at my pages now that my comfort with fountain pens and watercolors — my materials — to move my eye to design a pleasing page. I love this postmodern building and had little knowledge of it so this … Continue reading

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Doc Youping Qin

Dr. Youping Qin is my acupuncturist.  My images here are part of a larger set, depicting the history of acupuncture and Chinese immigrants to Oregon.  (This post is about the painting, not the story!) Doc Qin has been a Portland … Continue reading

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Fountain Pen Day! (Late)

Happy Fountain Pen Day! (Okay it was November 6th, but this Goulet video was not out then. If it doesn’t load, click.  This video is for crazy people who love pens, or want to.) The thing is, not wanting to … Continue reading

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Gratitude Journal: Discovering New Tools and My Old Nature

My fascination with pen and ink goes way beyond addiction to art supplies. Not that I can’t be pulled in that direction. I have used mostly acrylics for my 30 years painting as an adult. I loved them, and love … Continue reading

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Challenges Saved My Sanity

During this medical debacle, challenges saved my sanity.  When you just can’t think of anything to draw and you are stuck looking at the same things day in and out, challenges can prompt giving you a drawing to do without … Continue reading

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Late Night: Cozy Catz and Lettering

I am dissatisfied with my lettering. I hear my mother’s voice telling me I used to have such nice lettering! I know I never quite mastered architectural lettering, and now all of a sudden I care.  Geesh.  So I am … Continue reading

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