Archive for the ‘Watercolor’ Category

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Those Last Few Drops Of Ink

01/30/2016

Do you hate throwing out even a few drops of ink? Instead of sending it down the drain or waiting forever to use the last of a fill, make a colorful background for some unique journal pages.

I used leftover watercolor in a mister, but ink will work just fine. Dilute it with water so the color is soft enough to let the written word show clearly. Let the page dry thoroughly before adding words.  These mini misters at Amazon have long straws to suck up the last drop so even a small amount of fluid will be sufficient to decorate a page. As little as a single spritz can add visual appeal to plain paper.

The farther the mister is from the paper, the more diffuse the dots. Once applied the color can be smeared for a different effect. Tilt paper to make large drops spread color in any direction. Absorbent paper will reduce the time available to manipulate the fluid, but the misting will dry more rapidly. It’s a trade off.

If the result lacks color, touch a fountain pen to the wet surface to add more dimension. The same thing works with a rivulet of clear water as Leigh Reyes does in some of her ink and pen videos. If using more than one color but you don’t want the colors to mix, let the paper dry between applications. In my example, the first layer was Daniel Smith Transparent Pyrrol Orange that dried completely before adding Ultramarine Turquoise. The colors mimic this evening’s sunset and will make a suggestive background for the day’s musings.

Most journal paper will buckle, so use a light application. This Midori #013 with Tomoe River paper only wrinkled where there was a substantial amount of water. This technique will also work on plain stationery and blank greeting cards that are compatible with fountain pen ink.

Experiment with mixing colors. Even the muddy neutrals that can result from mixing more than two colors will make subtle, misted backgrounds.

Whether you play connect the dots or write daily musings, have fun with it. That’s what color is all about.

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Speedball Elegant Writer Is A Cheap Thrill

01/15/2016

Playing with the Speedball Elegant Writer is a lot of fun. Just grab a wet brush and make it dance around the paper. The more water the better so a paper of at least 150gsm will make the best surface and yield the most satisfying results, but Midori and Tomoe River paper like it, too. Four pens for less than $10 makes this an inexpensive tool for journal decorating or mixed media art. I predict much doodling ahead.

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Leuchtturm1917 Ink And Watercolor Tests

01/12/2016

Pen friends are great! One of mine sent a Leuchtturm1917 Squared Notebook that she thought I might enjoy. She was right. The soft surface of the paper is kind to nibs as well as my hand. The pale gray grid on ivory paper is even easy on the eyes. All to the good. However, a reader mentioned that he was having trouble with bleeding so I put my dozen ink rotation to the test.

Four of the twelve inks bled and showed slightly stronger marks than the photo. Iroshizuku tsuki-yo and Diamine Merlot left dots behind on almost every paper and remained true to form here. Great colors, but disappointing performance except with the finest of nibs. Earlier in the year, I wrote pages with Sailor Tokiwa-Matsu, Pelikan Violet and Iroshizuku yu-yake without bleeding. In order to use both sides of the paper, I have to be a bit selective with using free-flowing ink in a wide nib. Not a big deal since I love the paper’s texture and the size of the notebook.

The mild Moleskine-like feathering is only visible on close inspection and is not a deterrent for my purposes. The show-through was not offensive and in line with the 80gsm paper.

The surprise was that a light wash of watercolor did not exhibit any feathering or bleeding and so little buckling that the reverse can be written on with a fountain pen. That last is impressive and very convenient for my tendency to write about all kinds of things in my journal.

The form factor, paper texture, grid size and color, make the Leuchtturm1917 Squared Notebook a worthy contender for your affection. It may not be perfect, but it’s good enough for me.

 

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Short List Of Time-Tested Inks

12/26/2015

At year end making a list of new favorites is easy and there were some beauties in 2015. However, old favorites deserve recognition as well so I made a quick list of the inks that have been in my rotation the longest, some for more than ten years.

  • Noodler’s Black – Good for any use including with watercolors.
  • Waterman Blue-Black – Safe in vintage flex nibs and good at shading.
  • J. Herbin Lie de The – A relatively neutral brown with lovely shading.
  • J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune (old formula) – Pretty color and good for flex.
  • Diamine Emerald – Muted green that shades very well.
  • Diamine Mediterranean Blue – Cheerful color that is outstanding at shading.
  • Noodler’s Apache Sunset – The ultimate ink for flex writing.

On reviewing the list, I was surprised to find the group represented the color spectrum so well. All write well on a variety of papers so no worries on that score. Though my notes mention flex and shading, all of these inks perform well with italic nibs. This is simply a group of well-rounded inks that have made the transition from extra-fine nibs to wide nibs as my preferences have evolved. Next time a fresh rotation is in order, this group would make a versatile and reliable foundation.

Matching each to its favorite pen might cause some conflict since the Namiki Falcon is everyones preferred partner. Can’t you just hear the bickering? WBBk doesn’t participate in the competition since its usual mate is the Waterman’s 54. Who am I to argue with perfection?

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Tomoe River Paper And Other Links

12/13/2015

Three hits and a miss…

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A Few Links From Coffee To Ink

11/22/2015

Always an enabler, but Leigh outdid herself this time…

You gave me a bath. Now let me go to sleep already!

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Sunday Links And A Very Cool Camera

11/08/2015

Again Firefox failed to save a session and my original cache of links disappeared. Luckily, I was able to remember enough to warrant a post…

Cool camera!

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