Today I had a crazy day in the Manly area – 3 coffees and not a sketch of any of them!?! Perhaps some of you think it is crazy to want to sketch every time I go into a coffee shop. I started the day having a quick coffee with an exciting local artist Fiona Verity that I meet last year at my Sketching Architecture workshop. I hope this will be the first of many catch-ups. She does wonderful work of birds and landscapes and beach scenes. Check out her site here http://fionaverity.com.au/
I then went to store of Larry Post who have lots and lots of amazing stuff… very tempting to walk in their doors… so we went to a coffee shop down the road before I had time to look at their stock too much. Check out their very cool website here
Anyway, my friend, local USker Chantal Vincent has been talking for months and months about the De Artamentis Ink that she uses in her Lamy – it was recommended to her by Larry Post. Today I got some of it and am testing it.
I know a LOT of people have issues with Noodlers Bulletproof. Personally, I never have a problem! I think the most important thing is to keep the ink flowing… and well, as anyone that visits my blog knows…my pen gets daily use!!! The ink in my pen is always flowing! Maybe once a year I do a sketch that the ink runs when I apply a watercolour… so it has served me well for many years.
The owners of Larry Post told me that Lamy does not recommend Noodlers but DO recommend the De Artamentis Ink. They didn’t have any of the document ink in stock but I got a bottle of the Archive Ink to try- and Chantal has lent me some of her document ink to try. I was told there is little difference between the two. I also got a bottle of the Lamy ink to try – someone told me that they found it good to use.
First test of the De Artamentis Ink was VERY PROMISING!… a very wet yellow wash was a good test. But I am going to use it for the next week or so and then do a full report.
Very loose work today – using my amazing new Da Vinci brushes I got in Penang but having some other things on my mind so not concentrating much … there are much more important things in life than ink and brushes.
Prov 27.1 Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.