Cuppa Tea Time: Embracing the wonkiness

December 12, 2015 | 4 Comments

Sketching teacups is so much more than getting a perfect ellipse! My architectural inner critic makes a lot of noise every time I start my sketch, but after the pigment starts doing its thing on the page it goes quiet and I can just enjoy the moment.

Needing to start my work today with a little play with my new De Atramentis Document Violet ink in a new Pilot Kakuno lilac pen. More about this fountain pen on Tuesday in my next Part of the Fountain Pen Sketching series. BTW I have just created an index page so you can keep track of all the posts

Have a great weekend everyone!



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  • Liz Steel says:

    thanks Janet – I will definitely try that combo out… and yes I have a med kakuno that I really loved so had to try a fine for the purposes of this current series. And I mix ink exactly the same way!

  • JanetB says:

    Hi, Liz! I love the material you have here, it's so rich in information! Thank you for your generosity in sharing it! I have the little Kakuno, it was actually my first fountain pen, super inexpensive, lovely fine point, writes smoothly every time for me. Mine has been refilled over and over, and is currently filled with a mix of DeA Turquoise and Brown which makes a gorgeous cool gray. You should try it 😉 You can shift the color to more turquoise or browner depending on how much you use. I don't measure, I just use a syringe and needle from the bottle to the cartridge, and see what I get!

  • Barbra Joan says:

    Liz, just want you to know how much I enjoy reading your posts everyday.
    I'm new to pen sketching and have been learning from you. I did treat myself to a Lamy Safari, EF black nib and love it.
    Have a wonderful week, and thank you for all you do.
    Barbra Joan

  • I too was having issues with Noodler's Bullet Proof smearing when I used an eraser or running with watercolors. I spoke with the owner of Noodler's and he explained that it was the paper. I like the paper more than the ink so just switched to De Atramentis. I have not had any problems so far, but have not used it extensively. I order most of my supplies from Goulet and never knew about the ear syringe method of flushing a pen–I just bought the syringe and cannot wait to try it. (I just cleaned my pens when I switched inks.) Thank you so much for all of your posts. They are full of information and inspiration!

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