Tuesday, March 06, 2012
We've had a few of these dark morning with the sun peeking between the passing grey clouds.
No sunny carpet spots for Miss Karma.
Woke up a couple of days to a dusting of snow...
...but nothing more than that--and it has been warm enough to melt a bit every day.
My Goulet's Ink Drop order arrived.
Funny--people kept asking them which inks sell the least. This month they had "Spring Cleaning" and sampled the best of the worst selling inks--LOL! They might be low selling because people just don't know about them. They look pretty enough in the vials against the window. We'll see. I have no empty pens at the moment, so I'll have to wait to test these.
The cat grass collapsed.
I decided instead of pulling it all out that I would just cut it right off and see if at least part of it might make a comeback. ;)
I get Cathy (Kate) Johnson's e-newsletters. [She a watercolor/sketch artist and teacher. I owned two of her books before I ever ran across her online.] Saw she was having a free class sponsored by Strathmore about watercolor sketching. Four classes held over the month of March--I believe about once a week.
The funny thing was that, as I read the supplies needed for class, I realized that I already had both the Strathmore Visual journals waiting in my cart at Dick Blick for my check to arrive in March. (I have orders this month from Amazon and Dick Blick arriving in several separate packages that I'll show you when they get here!)
Since I don't have the Visual Journal yet, I got out my old Moleskine watercolor journal and started with my first class assignments. Practicing washes (flat and graded).
Variegated washes with scraping practice.
The next part was to use a water soluble pen to make some quick sketches and then blend with water. Well, I have all these fountain pens filled with various inks but had no clue as to which of them were water soluble. I figured many probably were because that is usually the case with FP ink, but I wanted to find out.
First I took all the pens filled with ink where I actually own the bottles. I wrote down the brand and color and then immediately swiped it with a wet brush (water).
Next page--wrote them all down again and gave them several minutes to dry and swiped them again.
The only one I have that never bled at all was the Noodler's Kung Te Cheng. The Carbon Black ink was pretty solid with only faint bleeding. Noodler's Baystate Blue and Polar Brown you could still read if you spilled coffee on them, I guess. All the rest look like perfect candidates for play. Private Reserve Chocolat took forever to dry, though, compared to the rest of them.
So then I grabbed the drawer with the FPs filled with sample inks from Ink Drop. This time I did the immediate swipe on the right, waited several minutes, and then did a swipe on the left side. Every one of them is a candidate for sketching play.
The big question now is--where to start?! LOL! Class number two will be posted on the 8th, so I had best pick a few and play a little, eh? There are still a couple more parts to the first class for me to finish after this one. :)
I had already put in my Amazon order before I was informed that Melynda's book, Just Nonsense, is now out in paperback! You can find it here. Guess I'll just have to f-o-r-c-e myself to make another Amazon order in April--ROFL! [Obviously don't need much of a push, do I? LOL!]
Let's see...Dagan and Leah won't be coming over on Wednesday nights for a while. Leah and I were chatting (via email) and she is feeling overwhelmed with catching up around home. I know they usually have commitments almost every day of the week, so I suggested they stay home and clean and organize on Wednesdays till they get a handle on things. When they get to the office (and all the etsy stuff) I can go over and help with that part. A ton of stuff got shoved here and there after Leah's mom died last year and they had to empty her house. The whole downstairs is packed! Since they are hoping to move this spring they really need to go through all of it. I wish I could be of more help. :(
Speaking of them always being busy...Leah was answering phones on PBS again on Saturday. I forgot to try to get a picture for you this time. Bad me.
Said partly sunny today, but they were just joshin' about the sunshine. ;) Near 40 and melty, though. I think Karma has had spring fever. She asked to go out four times in a row this morning. I don't know what she was smelling in the breeze or what she expected to be different each time--LOL! Silly girl. :)
Well, I shall keep puttering and taking pictures. Caroline comes tomorrow. Supposed to be colder, but then back to slowly warming again. It felt good to get out the watercolors and have a paint brush in hand. Now I'm going to hold a pen and a paintbrush...what could be better than that. ;)
Have a good one!!
"I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teachings my blood whispers to me."