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Bead Inspired Ink And Watercolor Palettes

08/09/2014

After days of tinkering, the bead inspired palette has come together in two forms. The watercolor version was easier to assemble because adding more water makes getting a close match simple. The ink version took forever as my collection lacks some of the colors that would work best. If I were to put together a palette from a single ink maker, it would be J. Herbin. Their softer colors suit the true colors of the beads quite well.

Caveat regarding the images. The ink photo lacks the vibrancy and clear colors of the swatches on my desk. Look elsewhere for better accuracy.

 

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Color Me Happy

08/06/2014

Look what came in the mail today.

File this under “good things that come in small packages.” It’s a silver Altoids sized box with 18 paint wells and a tiny, size 3 travel brush. It won’t get filled until my order of Daniel Smith Hansa Yellow Light and Permanent Orange arrives. However, the beads will be the inspiration for the palette and I can work on selecting the 16 additional colors in the interim.

Given the small mixing area, I will either use paint straight from the wells or let it mix on the paper. Both methods produce vibrant colors and intriguing effects.

A mini waterbrush would be a good tool to carry with the little kit and, of course, my trusted Stillman & Birn Epsilon Sketchbook for reliable paper. Well, that settles that, eh?

Thank you so much, Karen, for the cute, little box and the super fast shipping. Now to work on colors that resemble those beads. A good challenge and total fun for a color lover like me.

Oh, if you are interested in a watercolor palette from Karen, search eBay under “small paint tin” or click this link to her listings.

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More On J. Herbin Stormy Grey Ink

08/05/2014

The formal announcement about J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey:

New 1670 Ink – “Stormy Grey”

My Platinum #3776 music nib is lusting after it already.

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The Winners Of The Rhodia Ice Giveaway Are

08/03/2014

The winners of the Rhodia Ice Giveaway are

  • Dave Marler
  • Erin of La Plume Etoile
  • Karen Y
  • Aprils Atelier

Congratulations to all! Please send your snail address to inkophile*at*gmail.com for fulfillment by Exaclair.

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Rhodia Giveaway Ends Today

08/03/2014

If you haven’t entered already, the Rhodia Ice Giveaway ends today at 6 pm PDT. Will you be one of the four winners?

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It’s Links Day!

08/03/2014

Not that you really need more to read on the web, but…

Scary good or scary bad?

Chinese Crested – Powderpuff Variety
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There Is A Storm On The Way From J. Herbin

07/30/2014

Email announcement:

Sunny Huang from Exaclair, Inc. will be attending the D.C. Fountain Pen Supershow this year showing off new products including an exclusive look at the new “1670” fountain pen ink, “Stormy Grey”.

The show is August 8th – 10th at the Sheraton Premiere in Tysons Corner for you lucky folks who live in the D.C area. That’s on the other side of the country, so I will wait impatiently for what could be a tasteful match for my Rhodia Ice pad.
How about you? Are you ready for a new “1670” ink?
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