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Gads I love color! I’ve been asked why I buy so many tubes of watercolors… It’s true, I could buy a dozen tubes and mix everything — well almost everything, because the Primatek colors have their own lovely granulating properties. … Continue reading
It is no surprise Robert Oster inks my favorite inks. Dragon’s Night is such a gorgeous sketching BLURPLE ink it has a permanent home now in my purple leopard Pilot Metropolitan. I art journal many nights with this one, a … Continue reading
Robert Oster Rubine is a favorite red, and has found a permanent home in my red Pilot Metropolitan. It leans just ever so slightly into a blue-red. I usually do match pen to ink, mostly because I have many pens … Continue reading
Above, Birmingham Petroleum on the bright white paper of a Hahnemuhle sketchbook. I test my inks on many drawing and watercolor papers. Remember that others review these inks just for writing; I am also interested in how they are used … Continue reading
I am a huge fan of Fountain Pen Revolution’s Himalaya pen (not Himalayan as I’ve been calling it all this time!) From here on referred to as “FPR” so not to have to spell it out! Currently I am asking … Continue reading
I’ve been journaling for 50 years, art journaling for forty (first architectural ideas, now art). I’ve tried many journals before finding my perfect journal. I bought the Chinese Journals (left, and btw, review in links) from Chinatown in San Fransisco … Continue reading
Twinkle is all about the shimmer! Birmingham Pen Co has fifteen Twinkle inks right now, and if you love shimmer, these are the best! These inks are Mitchell’s favorites. He loves shimmery inks, and Tributary Twinkle is probably his favorite. … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
Gads I love this ink! I am a huge fan of grey inks, and have never loved a black ink (though I’ve loved them for their waterproof qualities when sketching). This ink is not grey, and is not black… In … Continue reading