Category Archives: tools

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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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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Tools: Updated M.Graham Palette

Recently I reorganized my palettes, and the M.Graham was moved into a smaller Schminke palette.  I still find MG watercolors a bit stinky, but remember I returned the following pigments out of my palette and that stopped the headaches: Sap … Continue reading

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Tools: Rhodia Touch

I’ve been playing in the Rhodia Touch “Lavis Technique” journal made for pen and ink-wash and sketching, a journal that is new to me. I usually would do a lot more testing of a journal, but I am ready to … Continue reading

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Marianne’s Gift Inks

I am so behind on posts!! Marianne sent me several samples…. All are beautiful (Marianne has amazingly grat  ink taste) but I am in love with a few that I have on my to-buy list…  I am starting to play … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Diamine Festive Cheer

From their website: “Manufacturers since 1864, Diamine Inks relocated to this state of the art factory in Liverpool in 1925, where they successfully carried on using the traditional methods and formulas for ink production. Over the years the company has … Continue reading

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Tools: Mitchell’s Glitter Inks, 3

So I gave you a little taste of Mitchell’s glittery collection here, with the help of Yamantaka! Part 2, we looked at the warm shimmers in our collection… Now for the cool inks! Diamine Shimmer-tastic Lilac Satin ink has won … Continue reading

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Tools: Mitchell’s Glitter Inks, 2

So I gave you a little taste of Mitchell glittery collection here, with the help of Yamantaka! Now I’ll show you our favorites! I bought a few bottles of inkmasters we know, so we trusted the ink quality, and some … Continue reading

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Tools: Mitchell’s Glitter Inks, 1

Mitchell fell in love with glitterinks, starting with Robert Oster’s Sterling Silver… I made him a long visual record of what he has because it was getting confusing… “i think you did this all wrong” Yaman checked it all out … Continue reading

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Four Glitter Inks

We bought two bottles and a couple of shimmery ink samples! I don’t buy samples often — tiny plastic thangs — but will when I have never tried an ink company. Gorgeous! Robert Oster has to very different golds (gads … Continue reading

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Tools: Fineline Masking Fluid

A few years ago Tracey Fletcher King turned me onto Fineline Masking Fluid. I tried others and found them sticky and thick and messy; not what I wanted in the ways I wanted to use a masking fluid. Fineline’s masking … Continue reading

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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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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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Tools: Sailor Mo Tangerine Ink

No Lojong today… Wicked busy shellacking to a deadline! First trip to Oblation Papers here in Portland. It took a friend visiting from out of town — so sorry I had not gone before but better for my wallet! Great … Continue reading

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Tools: A Black and White Palette

I don’t use black, white or grey often — or metallics.  The exception is Daniel Smith’s Hematite, right, which I love to mix with earth tones in city sketches.  It is too easy to mix a color without black or … 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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Inky Thots: Diamine Ancient Copper

From their website: “Manufacturers since 1864, Diamine Inks relocated to this state of the art factory in Liverpool in 1925, where they successfully carried on using the traditional methods and formulas for ink production. Over the years the company has … Continue reading

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Tools: Sheaffer Vintage Desk Pen

Finally had success purchasing a vintage pen! I love this desk pen — beat up, but interesting gold nib that works! The 14k gold nib bends as if it was dropped — but that is the design. Right now it … Continue reading

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