Category Archives: ink painting

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 Clouds.  To … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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!”  … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. For my large ink test I laydown roughly a half-square of ink, above. I let it dry, then load the bottom … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Robert Oster Muddy Dragon

Swatched on watercolor paper, as that is the paper I use the most when not writing. I am a fan of all the “Muddy” colors (see below) but I must admit that this Muddy Dragon is one of my favorite … Continue reading

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Tools: Leonardo Officina Italiana Pen

Red is my favorite color… I love pens! I love gifts! Imagine how thrilled I am with three favorite things coming together in one pen? Thrilled! Leonardo Officina Italiana Pen in Red Passion… Filled with Robert Oster Direct Sun! This … Continue reading

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Tools: Wing Sung Brush Piston Pen

I bought three Wing Sung Brush Piston Pens from Etsy. I wanted to compare them with the plastic Pentel Vistage Water Brush (formerly known as the Pentel Aquash waterbrush pen), which I use normally like a waterbrush over watercolors, but … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Birmingham Kentucky Bluegrass

Above, Kentucky Bluegrass ink on two different watercolor papers; right, in a Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook. Writing samples on a Post-it and on fountain-pen friendly paper in my Moo Journal, below Birmingham Kentucky Bluegrass ink is from the Crisp Formula ink … Continue reading

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Doodling, Drawing, Whatever

I draw whatever is in front of me while I am listening to just about anything. When I was listening to my brother talk about being on his way home from the hospital (no one called me to say he … Continue reading

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Portraits

I am not a portrait artist so this was a huge stretch for me — A wedding present (only a few years late) for two people we love. I  like this one a lot. Details — click to make these … Continue reading

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Dieting… Ugh

I hate dieting but I need to do something because I have to lose some weight. I decided to try something with a tiny A6  Hahnemühle Toned Watercolour Book. Each night I draw my food… So far I am just … Continue reading

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Sketchpack Project: Week 4, 2021

In years past I’ve created pretty sketch books during the Sketchpack Project, But this year I wanted to push myself to work on something difficult for me. To see the entire project, go here. (To see other years you go … Continue reading

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Wildflower Sketchbook Workshop

While I was sick I took the Wild Flower Sketchbook Explosion (workshop) with Lucia Leyfield (she goes by the name Wild Ink). I had a lot of fun, and the price (around $20 US) is good for the class. I … Continue reading

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