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Fountain Pen Sketching

April 19th, 2017

I like sketching with pen and ink but taking a bottle of ink on location is a bit daunting so I’m exploring fountain pens. I’ve also been trying out a water brush and am working with the two together. First I drew some supplies on my desk – next some small bottles of nail polish I was about to throw out – (have decided I really only like natural colors – so out with the reds, the greens and the blues…)

art Supplies sketches of jars
Quick sketches of things on my table

Tried it out on people sketching and buildings outside. All were very quick sketches – each perhaps five minutes at most (house a bit more…but just a bit).

Quick sketch sketch of house
Quick sketche of Bob on phone and of the Back of my house

This is very fun and I like not worrying about spilling ink but I’m going to look for a pen that gives even more of a thick/thin line.

More Sketching

April 1st, 2016

Been off on my eco dyeing binge and need to get back to sketching—so since it’s spring, here are some spring sketches! Feeling rusty with my watercolors…


Getting back to sketching

quick sketching

March 5th, 2016

Picked up a new small sketchbook and decided to try for regular sketches – won’t say daily but that’s the idea. They are to have a textured background with a quick drawing done with a dip pen and no preliminary sketching etc – sort of with out lifting the pen from the paper but not quite. So each session I will do several drawings and prepare several backgrounds for the next time.


First go


Shoveling snow.

Sounds doable but then I discovered I had to have an operation and that put things on hold. But that’s over and done with so I’m back at it. The above drawings are the first 4, done the end of January. This is turning out to be very fun as I’m not sure what the result will be – just do it and on to the next one.

Sketching with Stitches

February 3rd, 2016

More pages from Dionne Swift’s sketchbook workshop. I’ve never used a sewing machine for drawing, especially on paper, but I hauled mine out and gave it a try. Sooooo much fun.


Sketchbook stitches.

My grandmother gave me this machine when I was first married and it’s been put to very good use. But this was it’s first adventure on paper. I spun the paper round and round making loops and circles. However I haven’t treated it as well as it has treated me and it needed a good overhaul. So, it is now at sewing machine heaven for the full spa treatment. Even if I were to get a new machine I would keep this. It is made of heavy metal and while not a professional machine it can sew through anything, from fine lace to heavy leather…and now paper. Can’t wait to get it back.

Sketchbook:7-16

July 16th, 2015

Bought some new sketchbooks—pricier than my old ones but better paper. heavier weight and one has sized paper that while not watercolor paper, does stand up to wet media for sketching better that my old books. Also a pack of single sheet heavier weight paper. I like to keep several books going so when one is still wet I can work on another.

sketchbook drawings
Ink, watercolor, and pencil

The small watercolor sketch of boulders was done this weekend at Texas Falls VT.

Daily Sketchbook

June 11th, 2015

Been trying to sketch everyday – why is it so hard to find time for something so fun…?

sketchbook drawings
Ink and watercolor

I’ll give myself some slack this week as I’ve been working on a pattern collection and it’s been giving me a fit… getting there but not quickly enough. And I did attend my life drawing group so that has to count.
Going away for few days and hope to draw then. I used to take a pile of supplies when I went away and bring them all back in the same condition as when I left, but I’ve discovered that all I have to do is draw once and that seems to give me permission to draw on that trip. Sooo, I draw something the first day and all is well, miss that day and…