Posts Tagged ‘ink doodles’


Sunday Reads: Pens, Inks And Doodles


I thought I had a lot of ink samples until I saw Nick Stewart’s collection…

From the archives, a Nemosine Singularity 0.6mm italic nib

Nemosine Italic Nib


Noodler’s Pen And Ink Make A Happy Duo


Late last night the urge to refill the Noodler’s Standard Flex Pen struck. Apache Sunset hasn’t seen daylight for a long time, so this was a good opportunity to revisit an ink that has an outstanding reputation for use with a flexible nib. I was not disappointed.

Noodler’s Creaper pen and Apache Sunset ink at Amazon.


G’bye 2013 – Hello 2014


Pens, inks and paper make a terrific hobby, but you already know that. Writing about them is my way of sharing the fun of using these tools. You make it worth the effort and for that I thank you.

Some names and numbers…

Thank you for the generous donations that helped keep Inkophile going last fall. My hobby has become a financial challenge. Really. Who wouldn’t want the newest colors of ink and several pricey pens every year? Sometimes retailers or manufacturers offer their newest creations or items they want to move off the shelf for review and that’s very much appreciated. When that doesn’t happen, I would like to purchase new items. Sponsorships and other sources of funding would allow me to do that. So moving forward, there will be some changes at Inkophile. Hopefully, that won’t estrange too many readers, but if you fancy an unsupported pen blog, there are plenty in the sidebar from which to choose.

As my interests have evolved, so has the content of my blog. Watercolor painting plays third fiddle to writing and using fountain pens, but painting in my journal has made it an integrated hobby. If nothing else, the addition of lively color to my wordy journal entries is a creative embellishment that is both intriguing and satisfying. More to come.

This is my favorite doodle of the year. It started as two comma shaped lines at the top and the rest was pure luck.

Copyright © 2013 Margana Maurer. All Rights Reserved.

Gene Kelly in Rose Ink

May your new year be filled with joyful dancing and colorful friends. Hello 2014!


My Other Hobby And You Can Too


Some days fountain pens and ink won’t do. On those occasions, a swish of color from a supple brush can’t be topped.

Playing with WatercolorsWhether ink or watercolor, it’s relaxing when I pay no attention to form or detail. Just mix two colors, sweep a brush across the paper, and see what happens. The resulting swatches teach me more about color than the best books on the subject ever will.

Adding Neutral Tint to Various Watercolors

Whether messing around with ink or watercolor, use decent quality tools. It does make a difference. The da Vinci Cosmotop is a brush with the right characteristics. The #6 round produces lines of good width for a 6″ x 8″ journal while the #8 round is suitable for a larger format. For good paper, I use Canson Mix Media and for better quality I use Stillman & Birn.

To avoid contaminated ink, squeeze a few drops from a pipette or expel a small amount from your pen into a shallow container and toss any leftovers when you are finished. Watercolor is easier to use, but I never touch anything except a clean brush to a block or pan of paint to keep colors true. A small amount on a brush can be transferred to a mixing surface to combine with a second color. Even something simple like a styrofoam plate or smooth, plastic cutting board will do and the white background shows off mixes very well. Then use the brush to swirl some color on paper.

Experiment with pressure, angle, and wetness just as you would with a fountain pen. There are only rules about maintaining your equipment so that it lasts indefinitely and is ready to use whenever it strikes your fancy to put brush to paper. However, if you want to join a community for suggestions and guidance, Wet Canvas is a good place to start.

Once you get the hang of it, try your favorite doodle shapes. Use the best of the lot to make greeting or thank you cards. Just cut out what you like best, and glue it to the front of a blank card. Voilà. A true original. Be sure to sign your name to your creation. The recipient might consider it a work of art.

Daniel Smith Manganese Blue and Green Gold Watercolors

More of my watercolor images on Flickr. If you have some doodles or swatches, put a link in the comments so the rest of us can ogle them.

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