Thursday, February 13, 2020

Playing with a Forgotten Pen and Noodler's 41 Brown

Years ago I purchased two Pilot Metropolitan pens.  It was back when I first started using fountain pens and trying various ones out to see which I liked best.

With the trial and error of various pens, I found I preferred the EF nibs and unfortunately, the Metropolitans finest nib was a Fine.  What I failed to understand at the time was that not all similar size nibs are created equal depending on the country they are made, and because of that, I placed the Metropolitans in a drawer and forgot all about them.

After reading a suggestion Cathy Johnson made to a beginner asking what pen she should start out with, I decided to bring one of my Metropolitans back out and give it another try.  Cathy explained that she found the Metropolitan to write smoother than other pens many people choose to use (to include me) and was one of her favorites. 

Following a day of playing, I have to agree.  The Fine on the Metropolitan lays down a line as fine as the Lamy EF nib.  I found it to be smooth even on Fabriano Soft paper my Lamy struggles moving across.  I was pleasantly surprised and may have found a new favorite.

While playing with the pen, I also decided to load it with Noodler's #41 Brown to compare with my other De Atramentis Document Brown ink. 

This next was worked on Stonehenge Aqua 140lb watercolor paper which has a smoother surface than the Fabriano Soft.  The pen just seemed to glide across the paper. 

I first worked an initial outline of the flowers/petals leaving the inside line marks to later.  I wanted to see how the nib would lay down the ink over dried watercolor.  I have found that most often, ink applied afterwards appears to be thicker and darker.   It could be the ink....could be the nib........could be a combination of both....I don't know but I liked how it worked out with this pen and ink combination.  I was able to obtain lines that didn't overly stand out as has happened with other sketches where I applied ink after the color dried.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Cauliflower Prep Tool

Terry does most of the food preparation and a great deal of cooking; although we both cook since we eat very different things.  I prefer to clean the dishes than to cook.........most of the time........ha ha.  Neither of us get into making elaborate dishes keeping our meals quick and easy to lesson the time spent in the kitchen.

For Christmas I gifted him with two kitchen gadgets he absolutely loves with this being one of them.  Normally he uses a very sharp knife but finds this gadget to be easier to use (and safer).

Cauliflower is one of my main foods I eat, along with zucchini, spinach, and now kale.

FIbook75x75 / DS watercolors / Lamy with Document Brown ink

Sunday, February 9, 2020

One of Our Regulars

Quick sketch for today of one of our regular hummingbirds that come around the feeder. 

FIbook75x75 (Stonehenge Aqua) / Lamy with Document Brown ink / DS Hooker Green with Lunar Red and Lunar Black (for the granulating effect) and QoR Pyrrole Red Lt, Dioxazine Purple and Ultramarine.

The paragraph to the right of the hummer is a personal reminder when I start comparing what I do with other people I highly admire when it comes to their journal pages.  I will catch myself wishing my pages looked more like so and so (especially with design and layout).  I may feel like putting more effort into designing the page but it's not something I would do on a day to day basis as that's just not my style.

Note to myself:  The eye should probably be a little larger.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Playing with Liquid Pencil

Just to do something different, I took out a bottle of Liquid Pencil that my friend, Clare, sent to me for Christmas back in 2016.  Although not what I'd call liquid, it reacts with water like dried pans of watercolor.  Inside the jar it's more of a soft mass at this point (3 years later).

FIbook75x75 (Stonehenge Aqua) / Sepia

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

February 2020 Challenge Between Friends - Take for Granted

This month was my turn to set the monthly challenge that Clare (from the UK) and I work together.  I chose the theme "Things We Often Take for Granted."  The challenge is to choose any medium and work three to six items we personally or people in general may take for granted.

At first I thought about using watercolors but chose color pencil since it's my least favorite medium to use.  I find it tedious taking too long to fill in color often leaving me feeling bored and wanting to rush to finish.  I love graphite and you'd think it would affect me the same way but it doesn't.  I don't think using graphite takes nearly as long to work compared to color pencil.  Anyways, being a challenge, I chose to use a medium I avoid using.

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