i’m super excited about my new sketch pen. it’s a water-soluable varsity fountain pen. first i sketched then i went over some of the lines with my waterbrush which you can see lurking behind my coffee cup. it’s the brush that came with my koi sakura travel watercolor set. i’ve been wanting a rich blue pen and this is definitely IT. i also got a black one. v.v. inexpensive.
for dottie i used a new blue micron .08. it’s permanent. just wanted to try a slightly darker shade of blue. the blue-tipped brush pen on the right is japanese. comes filled with a soft black watercolor. it’s also a real pleasure to go over lines with, but i got a little heavy handed here. no matter it’s all contributing to my learning.
i’m very pleased with both sketches, screwy lines, splotchy watercolor, crazy teeth and all!
all i’m doing between now and the time i go to umbria is sketching. i am taking a handmade sketchbook with me, a couple water-soluble pens, a couple of microns, and a few other water-soluble pens i got recently for color. i am going to force myself to speak a new travel journal language for this trip. and even though it’s kind of like giving the keys to a 10 year-old and telling them to drive cross-country i’m doing it anyway. full immersion.
danny gregory has a new book on illustrated travel journaling which i don’t have, but i have been watching with great interest his interview series. so so so good. all the interviews are fantastic. loved the one with prashant miranda and fabio. oh hell, they’re all fascinating!
and before i forget…THANK YOU for the kind response to my Digital Journal No. 1.
i am deeply appreciative that my creative adventures interest you.
okay. it’s sunday and the entire glorious day is spread before me like a great big picnic. which creative pursuit will i devour first? mmmmm…