still drawing my neighbor’s house across the street. it’s been on the market for a month or so and a new family is moving in later this week. i’ll always think of it as “barbara’s house” though. anyway, i held my lamy safari pen in a different way than usual when i drew it. more like a brush and less like a pencil. gives a less predictable line. will keep investigating and report my findings.
i rediscovered my pentel pocket brush pen in the last few days. haven’t used it in a long time in the sketchbook. on this “mixed media” paper it’s sort of scratchy and doesn’t feel quite juicy enough, must try it on smoother paper.
it’s sunday and i’m cycling through my usual domestic pastimes – reading, writing, arting, cat wrangling.
thinking about my upcoming trip to northern california with sister. went back through my photos of a previous trip up north and found a few photos of sights we’ll see along the way.
i’ll be taking the sketchbook in the top photo. it’s a stillman & birn beta series. we’re going to make lots of stops along the way for some rounds of car sketching. i did less live sketching than i wanted in sweden. when i go to central america in october i want to challenge myself to live sketch or at least begin the sketch live and finish adding color when i’m hunkered down for the night back at the hacienda. see how clever and casual i can be when laying down upcoming destination bread crumbs?
in other news thanks to lisa for suggesting a man called ove. i’m reading and enjoying v. much. i’ve got half a dozen other samples on the kindle for afterwards thanks to other reader recs. speaking of which, it’s nighttime porch reading time. gotta get outside quick!
Margaret Hunt says
Funny I don’t like my Lamy Safari because it skips. My Noodlers never do. How wierd is that?! No not used The platinum Carbon pen but thinking about it. Heard great things about it.
Wait I did have trouble with my pentel pen. Just the other day too like Friday?!! Had to whack it to get it to flow. Not sure if the cartridge was seated right.
Central America! I was close with South America…..are you going all over OR staying in (1) country. We visited Belize December, 2012…..just incredible, we only saw the coast….daylight savings time ruled out going into the interior…..but shall do if go again, wish to see rain forests, birds & waterfalls…..so happy for you
Thought you’d slip that little bread crumb past these old eyeballs, eh…well you didn’t. HA I caught on right away. So Central America…prepare for hot and humid to the max. I had to wear an ice cold towel around my neck, have a mist sprayer attached to my collar to keep from passing out in the heat. Just fair warning.
Can’t wait to tag along with you and sister to northern California. How I’d love to be along in person.
Have you tried using your Safari pen upside down…that gives an interesting line. Also the Japanese Fude pen with the curved up nib, used for Japanese calligraphy, is highly recommended by my sketchbook friends. I haven’t tried one yet. I have the Platinum carbon ink, also highly recommended by sketchbook friends. They also like the DeAtrementis Document inks, permanent, which now come in array of colors. I have the Beta series you’re using but have to finish the Stratford (?) 500 series, mixed media journal I began in Roz Stendahls online class, Drawing Live animals and people in public places. A very comphehensive class on stages of drawing for 28 days to develop the habit of sketching daily to record the every day world we live in.
I’ll check into the two back to back unputdownable you’ve just had the good fortune to read. I love when that happens.
Susie LaFond says
OMG, girl really central America???? I am excited to learn where. my ears pricked right up when I read that sentence, can’t get one past this girl Miss Moss. I am looking forward to peeky peeks when you head north. I wish we would have had a few more days when we traveled in June. I so badly wanted to drive the coast into Oregon and beyond. In reality I really need a few weeks to go all the places I want to go on an adventure but still feel a rush of wonderful memories when I think about my few hours in California. I keep a bunch of mental ‘post it notes and postcards in my head to remind me of all the fun I had. I have an awesome inner camera that is with me always. Doesn’t need a memory card and it never gets full. 😉
Erika N says
You let the cat slip out of the bag. Central America? Where abouts? Can’t wait to find out.
ohhhh… I haven’t heard about a pentel pocket brush pen before now…. I see there is the Japanese version and another…. which do you recommend that I try?
Margaret Hunt says
Oh fun!!!?????Pentel pocket brush scratchy. Is your cartridge running out?! Usually the cause of that with mine. I also have a kuretake that I can load with carbon platinum cartridges or the watersoluble ones it comes with. Thinking of injecting some of my brush pen cartridges.
Super fun to be had!! Drew a dog today with the Pentel brush. Practicing using it before I head to Paris.
OH OH OH Have you tried a Noodler creaper ?! An Ahab or a Konrad. Both do great lines similar to a dip pen. Thick and thin. The Ahab holds massive amounts of ink. And is cheap at $20. The Konrad is pricier but comes in juicy colors line a gorgeous red. Love em both. My go to pens along with my little skinny noodler pens loaded with document brown and petrol! Oh red one is loaded with diamine wild strawberry. Unbelievable gorgeous red. Delicious!! ??
Mary Ann Moss says
i just changed the cartridge today so plenty of ink, but it doesn’t flow well. maybe need a new one. possible clog in system…?
i HAVE tried the Creaper & Ahab and strongly disliked both. but i know lots of people swear by them. it was an ink flow problem, just wasn’t as smooth and luscious as my Lamy Safari. too much skipping for my taste. probably user error on my part. i need something chimp proof that works right out of the gate.
the wild strawberry ink sounds beautiful…mmmmmmmm
have you used the plantinum carbon fountain pen? i haven’t, but hear it’s good. and cheap too!