1 Week 100 People


It is the beginning of the challenge of 1 week, 100 people.
Sadly I doubt I can do this all week but I had fun with the twelve
I managed to produce today.
Looking forward to seeing what you all do and if I get a bit more time I will play.
These are from virtual images from Ukrainian rallies.

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VSW: Duluth Lighthouses, 2


Of the three lighthouses I sketched around Lake Superior I think
the Duluth North Pier Lighthouse is my favorite, mostly because of the challenges.
Lots of people, lots of color and texture, and a lovely reflection in a puddle on the walkway.

First, I loved my sketch… I love pen and ink sketches,
and I think I did a good job of this one.

I used a lot of Primatek watercolors from Daniel Smith to get the texture;
I regret not planning the sketch better
because the gate ended up slammed against the edge.

Click here to see the Superior Entry Lighthouse.

Special thanks to Dan Antion for his wonderful images!

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VSW: Duluth Lighthouses, 1


Our Virtual Sketchwalk group
(Facebook) sketched
Duluth, Minnesota.

I was drawn (no pun intended)
to the lighthouses.

The first was the
Superior Entry Lighthouse.
It has fallen into disrepair
and is covered with graffiti.

I didn’t grow up around
lighthouses in Laguna Beach
and am fascinated by them.

I showed both of these so you could see what a
huge difference lighting makes in the colors!

Special thanks to Dan Antion for his wonderful images!

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Letter Writing


I miss letter writing.

Truth is I have no one to write to now.  The writers are long dead, RIP.
I used to get amazing letters from my Auntie Elsa
who traveled all over the world and never forgot to write to me.
I also write her long letters back…
I saved them all!  Treasures!

I think it is great to email and it allows us to stay in touch in many ways,
but there is a different dynamic to sitting down to write.
I think that taking that time, maybe writing at night when it is quiet
or sitting out under a tree at a library allows you to cogitate
and deeper issues might be revealed,
but to the reader and maybe even to the writer!

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I Stand With Ukraine

Middle of last night I was made watching another round of tanks and fear,
and journaled for quite a bit. 

A ritual we do when we are enjoying our safe, warm, happy beingness
(and good food and so forth) is to offer it up in prayer to the peoples
going through fear and danger, seeing them in that place soon.
Not unlike saying grace before eating, we take a moment and do that offering.
The truth is that most of us, if we could, would lend a helping hand.
Most of us are very lucky.

PRAY FOR PEACE

 

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More Idahome Flowers

More images of wildflowers from Marianne.
In this set I like the line drawings a bit more.

It is the transition in backgrounds I am not as fond of here.

I LOVED doing the line drawings for these,
and like the watercolord versions as much as the line drawings.

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Kamala and My Art Bag

 I bought a canvas riggers bag from Harbor Freight.
It holds my A4 Hahnemuhle watercolor journal easily plus pens
and brushes and watercolors and my wallet.
It sits flat on the floor, allowing me to reach in and grab whatever!

I hated the color and tried dying it but the dyes all looked awful on it.

Finally I used Golden Dairylide Yellow Acrylic Paint and Golden’s GAC, which helps it become fabric friendly.  I sponged the entire outside of the bag with the paint, and let it dry.  It is still a bit stiff, but it is not coming off, and I like the color.

I snipped some of the side tool parts so that I had a couple of long pockets.

Kamala (RIP) always loved my bag.
She liked to tip it over and roll around in the contents… cats!

LOVE the color!
And it holds my Hahnemuhle A4 Watercolor journal!

And it will not get lost in a crowd of artists!

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Tools: Fountain Pen Revolution Himalaya

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 them to make a couple more colors!

My first was the orange tiger color; once I experienced their Ultra-Flex nibs (the only nib I would bother with as it is lovely especially for a non-gold flexy nib) I quickly began collecting them as I could afford.

The thing about the Ultra-Flex nib (an upgrade they offer when purchasing)
is that it allows you some flexy creative expression
without the high price tag of a gold nib.
The FPR Himalaya pens have a lovely wet juicy flow,
feel good in my hand, and I can post or not as I wish.

The only downside to these pens is the converter,
a push type that many pens use and I am not fond of them.
Thankfully I  don’t have to use it often!
(Note, when Kevin read my review he wanted me to know this:
One of the main reasons we created the Himalaya V2 is because of the converter. 
That pen uses a twist converter instead of push-pull.“)

As people found out I loved these FPR Himalaya pens I inherited a couple more — and yes, I have every one of them filled with the gorgeous Robert Oster inks below!

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Watercolor Heart

The watercolor heart I gave Mitchell.

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VSW: Gunung Kawi Temple Fields

I love virtually sketching to other’s images…
This one from Aniko’s Bali walk was especially energizing!

You can always join us at Virtual Sketchwalk on Facebook
(one of th few good things about FB is the artist groups!

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Tools: First Hahnemühle Journal

I like to reuse and recycle and I’ve been looking at three years of beautiful saved Hahnemühle calendars.  Stunning watercolors prints that begged to be used!

Today I dove in and made my first concertina journal using Hahnemühle Bamboo paper (90% bamboo which is a lovely fast growing renewable resource) in a 6×6-inch format.  Is it perfect?  Nope.  But I am going to do another tomorrow and learn from my mistakes today!

I didn’t take many pictures (see what I took below) as I was figuring out what to do as I was doing it.  I heard my mother waaaaay back when I was trying to sew clothes telling me to read the pattern and did I do that?  NO, and so I didn’t try to follow anyone’s pattern but just went for it.

More after I get better!

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Feed the Birds

Okay, my game is off (for good reason, another story)
but I did this baaaad sketch because I have to shake it off and that can shift my mojo.

I share the bad stuff so someone starting doesn’t feel badly when they see only good pieces
from artists they compare themselves to and we aaaaall do that, it is human nature.

I love having this memory in my imperfect sketchbook
because it is a nearly daily activity that brings me joy:
“First thing in the studio in the morning I feed the birds by tossing a seed mixture (we mix) onto the roof of the loading dock.  The pidgeons* are waiting on the phone lines, and when the window opens a few circle joyfully in the air.  They feed firs; then crows come and they love the peanuts and bits of rice cakes.  Also, if I am late then the crows raise a racket scolding me for tardiness!  Finally, and lasting until we leave, it is all about the little birds, the junkos and jays and some I don’t yet know names for…”

*Damn I spelled pigeons wrong.

My journal is about art but it is also about memories and
I am so glad I now combine them in one place.

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End result, Good Flesh Tones

Caput Mortem (or Caput Mortuum, aka Mummy Brown or Dead Head) has legends about how it came to be.  It was likely made from the residue from the production of sulfuric acid.  The residue was colcothar.
Another legend says it was made from ground-up mummies, *ick*,
this process discontinued in the 19th century, thankfully.
I have found it ranges from the brown-purple paint on the left (preferred),
to the more common color on the right.
The color on the right doesn’t suit my mixing preferences.

I can’t believe this odd color I like so much is now made from a purple variety of hematite iron oxide (there is that hematite again,  a favorite pigment!)

I mixed Caput Mortem into many colors just to see how they mixed.
This play that also helps me learn!

In this mix for flesh tones I tried Potter’s Pink in place of the darker
Windsor Newton Caput Mortem, which I can’t quite like.
I like the flesh tone achieved.

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My Perfect Journal

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 at age 20.  Cheap paper, lined, and I managed to do a good deal of architectural sketching in them!  The covers looked sorta red-black-white graphically architectural!  I filled about ten of these before I moved to my next best journal.

I found the Okina journal in San Fransisco as well — perhaps that is the best journal city?
The size is a bit larger than a B5 (see it next to the Dingbat journal, left), and
I love the page layout: a grid across the top then tightly spaced lines.
The pocket at the back is so convenient when you are traveling or want to remember an event.  But, because now my journal is a combined art/writing journal,  and I want a blank sketching page which Okina doesn’t have, so we now use these in our business.

I have tried over a dozen “art” journals, certainly all the big names sold in the USA and the UK, some shown right.  I won’t name them because most may be good journals for someone (not me), which is why I always state my preferences when I create a journal review.

I can tell you that never ever going to use a spiral bound journal.  The ability to fold it back is not outweighed by having that big old metal spiral in the middle of pages!

The Bright Ideas journal (the colorful journal in the stack) I continue to work.  I might not buy another, but sketching on the colorful pages is fun; I keep it by my bed or in the studio and pick it up from time to time.

When I don’t like a journal I do not throw it out.  I set it aside for an specific thing (like the two square flower journals left) or I gift it.

So now, my Perfect Journal!

But from the time I tried my first Hahnemuhle Nostalgie journal in 2017, I was hooked
and stopped looking.  Now, two dozen journals later, I can say that I have
found my best journal (though I also use their Watercolor journals for special USk outings)!  I use A5 daily, and A4 when I want a big spread, both landscape format.

What sold me on these journal?  Of course, first, it is the paper.
The Hahnemuhle Nostalgie is not watercolor paper,
but the190 gsm natural acid free white sketch paper takes everything
I throw at it when I am sketching and journaling my thoughts,
and in two dozen books I’ve rarely had bleed through!
Even my finest point pens glide smoothly across the paper when writing or sketching,
and I use this book for both, as I long ago gave up dividing my life and
decided to use my sketching journal as my personal journal as well.

I usually write on the left facing page, and make my sketches on the right-facing pages,
but as you can see from samples above I also mix it up!
I regularly use watercolor and inks on this paper and it takes both beautifully,
though I do admit to clipping the corners with strong binder clips
when I am going to do a heavy water wash to keep the paper laying flat.
I have occasionally used masking fluid on the paper and no issues!
I also like the way the anthracite cover feels in my hands, and it is industrial strength —
I’ve never had a cover (nor the binding) give way or even show dirt.
I use stickers to decorate the outside of mine, but admit I have to use glue to
keep it on the anthracite cover.  The 40 sheets (or 80 pages as I use both sides),
is a good size with which to carry and travel.

Finally, they are an environmentally responsible company.
I consider this in all my purchases.

In revisiting many old posts to finalize this one, I also came across old posts on journaling…  If you want to start a practice or broaden your own, I have three posts on my journaling over the years:

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Kill Winter with Orange

Time honored tradition now in the pen community… I’m ready!
Kill Winter with Orange!

I’m for warm colors warm weather and this year the cold in the studio
never seems to end despite woolly socks and a heater!
Cold cold Cold!

Pens top to bottom: Metropolitan, Moonman, Benu, FPR Himalayan;
Side: TWSBI Eco, Sailor, and Edison Collier.

A gurl can’t have too many orange pens or mugs!
Before you ask, that is ginger floating in my coffee, with brown sugar and goat milk.

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Swooshy Gurl


She is the cheeriest most amorous cat,
my swooshy shadow cat!

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Idahome Lily

Marianne offered some lovely flower images and I sketched several;
just found this one lingering about from last year!

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Inky Thots: Birmingham Two Twinkles

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.  It sits next to our bed where he plays and journals.
He has them in two pens currently, a Lamy stub nib and an inexpensive Jinhao,
and so far, no clogging.  Both inks dry quickly even when painted (see below).
Of course, when you are cleaning the shimmers never come out (true for all shimmer inks)
so these pens will forever be dedicated to shimmer.

Remember that others review these inks just for writing;
I am also interested in how they are used for ink-painting!

Properties of Birmingham Twinkle inks:

The Twinkle inks are surprisingly well behaved inks which dry quickly.  They feather slightly on Post-its (many inks do as it is cheap paper), but are fine in Mitchell’s inexpensive journal and on the love letters he writes me! It is beautiful on watercolor paper, above. When the edge is touched with water it moves easily, and after drying, when I scrubbed it, top, it showed quite a lot water resistance.  For my testing, I painted with them, below, and found them to dry quickly even with thick applications!

After painting with them, I now need to get a Twinkle for myself,
Midnight Twinkle, as I am all about the greys!

*Above, watercolors, from Daniel Smith, Holbein, and Sennelier.*

Looking at watercolor comparisons, I offer these colors, above.

MOST water soluble ink companies do not pay attention to lightfast qualities
and Birmingham is no different in this line of inks.
Most artists who use ink are making prints of their work —
But ink-painting is becoming more interesting so maybe it is time!

I drew the strawberry on my test page with a dip pen and Strawberry Twinkle — on cold press watercolor paper and touched the lines with water using a Pentel Aquash waterbrush.  It held it’s edge but also moved color.  The dots were created with masking fluid.

The river was painted using Tributary Twinkle with a watercolor brush; After I played with moving the colors into sky and mountains.  This ink has quite a lot of purples and blues, really beautiful!

 I like what Birmingham says on their website:
We started Birmingham Pen Co. in 2012 in the Southside
of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The region of Pittsburgh
where we began once  called “Little Birmingham” due
to the area’s prolific manufacturing industry in the early 1900’s.
The Birmingham moniker was derived from Birmingham, UK
– a manufacturing hub that specialized in, among other things, pen and nib manufacturing with thousands of craftspeople employed in the industry. 
We chose the name Birmingham Pen Company to share this little known piece of history and continue in the traditions behind the name.”

Birmingham’s bottles are glass, and functional
even in the small sizes.  I like glass bottles;
they feel like they will last longer.


Birmingham also turns their own pens,
which I’ve noticed often sell out as fast as they make them!
*I LOVE my Model-A Demonstrator, Violet Beauregarde!*
I’ve been coveting the Ironsides!

This is a small family business run by four people: The brothers, Nick and Josh;  Dad is the chief pen machinist;  and Mom does one of the coolest things about Birmingham, which are their amazing historic names!

By direct from them at https://www.birminghampens.com/!

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