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Monday, December 22, 2014

Fountain Pen Drawing or Painting? #GraFIt #Zentangle #FountainPen

I sometimes wonder how I should refer to my fountain pen work.  Is it drawing or painting, when you use full color on the page.  Many of the inks flow very wetly, and rather than filling in a space, as I might with a crayon or colored pencil, I allow a bead of wet ink to form, and then push it across the page in a manner very similar to painting with a brush.

So maybe this is a drainting or painwing?  More drawing, coloring in than ink pushing this time.

Fountain Pen Ink on Clairefontaine GraF it dotgrid paper.


Monday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

Zentangle
Tangle Patterns: How to draw FJORD
Tangle Patterns: TanglePatterns String 136
Weekly Zentangle Roundup #204 
Zentangle Newsletter
Christmas challenge #39

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Journal52: Week 51 prompt-Sing a Song

Tutorials
Art Recipe Wednesday: New Life of the Old Brush
Dark Eyes Fairy in Watercolor
Wax On Wednesday - Five

Giveaways
12 Days of No Excuses Art Christmas Daily Giveaway
12 Days of Blick Giveaway-a new prize every day
Celebrate 12 Days of Christmas 2014 with Scrapbook Expo & Cricut 
Pentel’s 25 Days of Giveaways-enter every day for a chance to win a different prize
Pink Paislee Countdown 2 Christmas Begins! Week 4

Pen & Ink
How to smooth a scratchy fountain pen nib

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The River Lethe, Above and Below #Strathmore #BrushPen #Pentel

Pentel Pigment Ink Brush Pen in a Strathmore Mixed Media Paper journal (with a little bit of color stain from a work elsewhere in the book).

Some of the brush strokes made me think of river, while the blue stains made me think of sky.  The silhouetted characters seemed a bit lost, and tired, the one lying down as though to sleep.  In all it made me think of the myth of the River Lethe, the river of forgetfulness.

But what's the horse got to do with it?  Perhaps it is memory galloping away?  Your interpretation is as good as mine--let me know if you have any ideas, lol.


Thursday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

Zentangle
joey's weekly tangle challenge #39
Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
The Traveling Art Journal Part 9 – Music

Tutorials
RED PANDA Watercolor ILLUSTRATION TUTORIAL
Fun in the Snow Center Step Card
More Fast Christmas Cards

Giveaways
Win a subscription to online class 'PURELY ACRYLLICS'
JetPens Pen Perks: Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Pinterest Giveaway
12 Days of Blick Giveaway-a new prize every day thru 12/26/14
Pentel’s 25 Days of Giveaways-enter every day for a chance to win a different prize
Pink Paislee Countdown 2 Christmas
The 12 Days of Sculpey - new prize given away on Facebook each day-12/25
Craft Warehouse's 12 Days of Giveaways-new chance to win each day on Facebook-12/23

Pen & Ink
Noteworthy: Guest Blogger Bob Miano Emmy Winning Director on How to Build a Time Machine
Cross Jot Zone Journal Review

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Watercolor Wednesday with Schut-17 #Exaclair #Schut #Watercolor

Each Wednesday for 22 weeks, I'll be sharing artwork that was done on paper from a Schut Papier sampler.  I'll be giving you a little information about each of the papers.
(Note: Because the next two Wednesdays are Christmas Eve,  and New Year's Eve, Watercolor Wednesday with Schut will be not be posted.  It will return on January 7th!)

Schut Artist Drawing Paper, 120 g/m2:82 lbs

Good erasability; light grain; extra white; acid-free; pH-neutral; for pen, pencil, charcoal, crayon, and pastel.

I've been impressed with this paper's ability to hold up to watercolor.  I thought for sure I'd see curling and buckling and dimpling at this weight, even though the heavier weights have done well.  And I did get more dimpling, but mostly along the edges.  The paper did not curl or buckle, even though I thoroughly saturated, lifted color and re-painted.  It did get over-worked quickly in those areas, but I've have actual watercolor paper that did worse.

You get three drawings this week, because I did a bleedthrumanade (got lemons, make lemonade; got marker bleed-through, make bleedthrumanade), where I color the front of the page with alcohol markers, then do linework of one kind, then I turn the page and do linework on the back, using the color that has bled through from the front.

For the most part, I've felt that these Schut Sample papers have been too rough or thick for alcohol markers.  Most watercolor papers are hard on a fabric tip because of the tooth on the page.  While there isn't a lot of tooth on this paper, there is some but I didn't see any evidence of fraying.

The outcome of my tests:
  • With watercolor--
    • colors bright
    • washes moved well
    • color lifted some, but paper became overworked easily
    • flecks of darker color remained in lifted areas
    • paper dimpled along the edges
    • no buckling
    • no curling
  • With alcohol markers
    • bleed-through was about 50% (I'd expected more)
    • Colors were bright (but not as bright as I had expected)
    • didn't seem to fray fabric tips
    • ink dried quickly
    • no feathering with ink used for linework over alcohol marker color
Earlier, in this series I previously reviewed the Schut Artist Drawing Paper, Light Grain, Extra White,180 gm2/83 lbs and the 225 gm2/152 lb version of the Schut Artist Drawing Paper, using other mediums.

This painting is my adaptation of an exercise from 'The Encylopedia of Watercolor Landscape Techniques' by Hazel Sloan


Front of Page--Marker color applied to this side.


Back of Page - Line work done to color that bled through from the front of the page

Wednesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

Zentangle
Ben Kwok Template-Lantern (must belong to Facebook group Ornation Creation)
CELTIC CHRISTMAS TREE Free downloadable template
Timelapse video of Ben Kwok inking the outlines of an Ornate French Bulldog illustration. 

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
12 days of Christmas No Excuses Style

Tutorials
Accordion Folded Ornaments
DIY Ninja Turtle Ornaments
Stamped Gift Bag Video Tutorial

Giveaways
Life Renover Notebook Giveaway
12 Days of Blick Giveaway-a new prize every day
ArtistsNetwork Holiday Sweepstakes
Pentel’s 25 Days of Giveaways-enter every day for a chance to win a different prize
Pink Paislee Countdown 2 Christmas
The 12 Days of Sculpey - new prize given away on Facebook each day-12/25
Craft Warehouse's 12 Days of Giveaways-new chance to win each day on Facebook-12/23

Pen & Ink
Serious Nibbage Part 17: KarasKustoms Ink fountain pen

Miscelleneous
Just Add Color: Folk Art-free downloadable coloring page