This week's coffee

September 28, 2018 | 4 Comments

Most of you know that I sketch my coffee nearly every morning as a bit of a ritual. I’m not concerned with how good my sketches are as the goal is simply to get my creative juices pumping. But I’m always a bit uncomfortable with how much the coffee sketches dominate my sketchbook. I’ve recently come to the conviction that grouping them together in a single spread is definitely the answer! Not only do I have fun composing the spread during the week, but I like the short comments about how I feel every morning.

At the moment my latest obsession is with white on black headings. I do the black block using my Sailor fude pen (yes using a lot of ink) and once that is totally dry I add text with a white gel pen. The one I’m using at moment is a Pentel Signo with pigmented ink. This pen a bit broad but it’s ok for these headings. I think I prefer using Gelly Rolls but I don’t have one handy at the moment.

And if you are wondering about my palette… it’s the one I use for SketchingNow Watercolour – full details here.
My sketchbook is A5 size softcover Epsilon by Stillman & Birn.



  • Adam says:

    I have had mixed results with Signo gel pens when writing on top of some fountain pen inks. What ink did you use in your Sailor fude?

  • Heather says:

    Hi Liz, how do you find the Epsilon sketchbooks? Do you find the watercolours or ink lines sometimes transpose? I like the smooth paper for ink but the watercolours seem to be a bit slick on the paper for me (and as I know you usually have the Alpha for your daily sketchbook I thought I’d ask your opinion).

    • Liz Steel says:

      I love it… and will share thoughts but it won’t be for a little while as I want to finish my current book and then go back to Alpha.

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