Game-Changer Fountain Pen Tip: 1 nib, 2 line weights (ft Ellington Pens)

Game-Changer Fountain Pen Tip: 1 nib, 2 line weights (ft Ellington Pens)

I wish I could have made the title even longer to include And There’s A Cute Downloadable To Try For Your Christmas Cards and a Real Time Video Available Too! But I think the Googles would have my head. Ha! So even if you’re  not a pen and ink person, there’s fun for you too.

Today I’ve got a great tip for you that I think I’ve talked about a little bit before – but I don’t know that I focused on it much. So let’s do that today! Note there are a couple projects here:

  1. A large fox piece with watercolor + ink, kinda crazy background. Available for purchase here.
  2. Smaller pen and ink only fox with mouse. Also a digistamp printable here.
  3. Drawing #2 is a realtime video at Artventure. Find it in the Pen and Ink Students group.

First in the video is a deeper dive on the Ellington pens I showed last week. The only negative (minor) that I saw was that after using the pen for a couple days or carting it around to a sketch event, the nib section came ever so slightly loose and needed to be screwed back in a little. I mean a little. That’s no reason in my book to dislike a pen, it only happened after big usage.

Tutorial: Game-Changer Fountain Pen Tip

Testing your pens to see if they create two line weights is what I expect fountain pen peeps to go do after watching this. And that’s ok. Leave me a comment and tell me if you did! ha!

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

A rather crazy idea

I wanted to try something new. A realistic image for part of a wash-and-ink piece, but leaving the background not realistic….with a mix of linear, graphical elements and loose and flowy ones. You’ll have to let me know if you think I succeeded!

I’ve posted the original over on my fine art site…or you can get prints (with or without frames), or cards over at Society6!

Sweet fox

This pretty little fox was drawn in pen and ink and colored afterwards–the opposite of my preference! But I wanted it to be available for folks to cover if desired, so I was lucky that the pencil wasn’t opaque enough to cover it – so be careful if using pencils with it. Some will give the detail a really cloudy look. However – this one pictured was colored on the Hanehmule paper, which is smooth and nice for pen and ink, but quite terrible for colored pencil! It’ll be easier to work with on a paper with more tooth. 🙂

Draw your own…

If you want to draw your own fox, head over to Artventure where the realtime video is inside the Pen and Ink Students group. It’s just got music in it – but the outline is there so you can try your hand at drawing fur.

Or color one up!

If you just want to color up this cute fox and mouse, head to Art-Classes to purchase the printable!

Which one might you do?

Are you fancying a coloring session with the printable, or maybe being brave enough to draw a fox yourself? Or perhaps you’ve got some holiday shopping in mind – you can get the Winter Fox as prints or cards….or buy the original if you’re the lucky first one to shop!

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Make custom wedding gift wrap and card (forest themed)

Make custom wedding gift wrap and card (forest themed)

My niece just got married – and of course my gift for her and her sweetheart was handmade. But I went the extra mile for handmade wrapping and card too! Not entirely by choice…I wasted an awful lot of time looking around for the right gift wrapping and found nothing. A day before I left – I realized I had to get on it and make something!

Tutorial: Custom wedding gift wrap and card (forest themed)

The wedding was to be in a forest, and the couple loves the outdoors and tall trees….and the gift I wrapped up hopefully pressed all the buttons. (I’m still traveling so I’m writing this ahead!) 

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

The card

I used a simple rendition of the tree branches that I used on the wrapping – and look how pretty the ink blooms! For some reason when ink does that I don’t mind like I sometimes do with watercolor. I added a layer of the grey paper on a layer of dark green, and the painted panel is popped up on dimensional adhesive.

The wrapping

Grey paper was what I had to work with, and while I’d have preferred it white – I’m pretty sure I’ll have had an easier time transporting it! White could get so messy on a long road trip, so I think this is likely all good.

Have you ever made custom giftwrapping – and did it match the card?

Sometimes I wonder if I’m just a complete, utter overachiever. Maybe I am! ha!

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Trusting your art intuition + class giveaway (with Dryden pen review)

Trusting your art intuition + class giveaway (with Dryden pen review)

I’ve gotten pretty good over the years at trusting my gut. Especially in business and art. My spidey sense usually works pretty well! This time…not so much. 

I got an email from a company offering a fountain pen for review. What harm could there be, right? I ignore and delete these offer emails 99% of the time, they’re usually companies promoting terrible knockoffs – but I ignored that. 

However I did get a project ready and didn’t let the product stop me in my tracks. 

Tutorial: Trusting your art intuition

In the video you’ll see an unboxing of a Dryden Designs pen but don’t buy one! It had a myriad of issues, and when I emailed the company (givig them the chance to send a new working pen) they’ve never replied. So there’s that. I switched to my Peter Pen instead.

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Before and after

Below are the color panels before and after inking:

Giveaway and new class at Teachable

Over on YouTube you can leave a comment as per instructions to enter for the free seat in the class! I’ll announce the winner in the Friday video.

 *****UPDATE: The Gratitude Junk Journal class will be available for pre-reg on October 1; please do use my link; my compensation depends on use of my affiliate link.

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How to Mindlessly Doodle (Copics, a Peter Pen, and an iguana)

How to Mindlessly Doodle (Copics, a Peter Pen, and an iguana)

I’m excited to have finished up the class I told you about earlier this week, Color and Line – because…..I GOT TO OPEN MY NEW PEN! Ok sorry about yelling, I’m just excited to have a new pen! And I wouldn’t let myself open the box til the work was done. 🙂 It’s a Peter Pen – made in partnership with Goldspot & Narwhal Pens and Peter Draws from YT…..I’ve wanted to support him by getting a pen. And finally did!

 

Tutorial: How to Mindlessly Doodle (Copics a new Peter Pen, and an iguana)

YouTube made “suggestions” to me about the kind of content to consider posting; they said according to data, one of the top searches by people who watch my videos is “How to Doodle.” So….I figured I’d try their advice and see if it’s worth anything! ha!

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

First: my Peter Pen!

My assessment of the Peter Pen is so far so good – the paper is apparently at fault for what I discussed in the video…I tried it on the good paper and all is well. It’s a little pricier than my usual recommendation though, so an Eco by TWSBI is still my recommendation for a starter pen. *see supply list at the end of this post

How to mindlessly doodle

My mindless doodle has a fall feel to it….I picked Copic colors that I don’t reink often. Why let all that ink sit in bottles? Let’s use it! Splooge ink onto the paper (or use any other medium you can draw on top of), then “trace” the shapes seen in the pigment. Wherever there’s a hue or value change, make lines around that and add textures to sections!

Doodled Gecko

I doodled this fellow after drawing him in Copics – see the Mission Impossible reel to see it done!

Doodled Iguana

Or a Jagras? Hard to say when I know little about the Monster Hunter game! But I figure if a few IG users called it that, it must have looked like a Jagras! This one in color may or may not, who knows…..

Here he is just with the Copic color:

And then with the pen and ink…a rather majestic fellow, no? 

Tiny Tutorial with before and afters

Click o the image to go see the series….

Color & Line Class is open!

The Color & Line class is out of preregistrations – I worked my little fanny off (yes my fanny is tired of sitting at the desk doing computer work!) and it’s all ready for you! I emailed preregistrants, so hopefully everyone got the word that they can go start drawing!

Are you a doodler?

You don’t need to be a fancy doodler or do it in color – but doodling is such a great hand exercise that will help you in all your art. Just making marks on paper starts to develop your style, and can help keep you in practice between projects. 

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Color & Line: Testing mediums & new sketchbook

Color & Line: Testing mediums & new sketchbook

It’s the last day of the Labor Day sale at art-classes.com! I was trying to rush to get this class done in time, but….I kept adding more and more content. I couldn’t help myself! I have a ton of editing to do this week, but decided to open this class for preregistration so you can get the sale price. You’re welcome!

When I first started sketching out ideas for this class, I debated if it should be an alcohol marker or water-based marker class. How to decide, how to decide….then,……don’t decide, do both! ha! That meant I needed an easy transition from one to another as I worked through the lessons. 

After much research I found this sketchbook that got good reviews both for alcohol markers and water based — and it’s not that slick marker paper that I don’t like working on. Due to the world we live in now, it took a while for my sketchbook to arrive, but I jammed on it right away when I got it. Class didn’t get finished but…..I’m well on the way!

Video: Color testing and comparison, new sketchbook

In this side by side test I show you how I made simple turtles in alcohol marker, water based marker, and watercolor – then added pen and ink on top. No colored pencil; the wax and oil in those tends to make ink bead up, so unless I work something out there won’t be wash & ink style pencil classes.

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Color & Line Class

I wanted to find a way to connect this to the Wash & Ink class, and the Travel Sketches class which is technically wash and ink too….washes of color in a medium, with ink added! The drawing portions of this class are what makes it level 4; you don’t need to be an expert draftsman, there’s no perspective etc, but some of it could be challenging.

Sign up today, Labor Day, using code LABOR, and you’ll get 10% off. This is a pricey class due to the double instruction in multiple mediums, so the % makes it a nice chunk of savings for you! All adult classes are also in this sale – you can find them HERE in order of most recent class first.

Keepin’ it short and sweet

I’m gonna end this post here – because I have both a Zoom this morning with artists who’ve joined Artventure (click here to go sign up this morning and jump on the call with us!)…..and tons of editing to get underway. Enjoy the last bit of this holiday weekend!

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Drawing fabric pleats in pen and ink

Drawing fabric pleats in pen and ink

It’s nearing the end of my crazy fashion week – which isn’t all really about fashion, it’s more about playtime! In today’s project I took the same croquis I’ve been using all week (see previous blog post if you missed the background) and applied lines with a pen the way I normally do!

Tutorial: Drawing fabric pleats in pen and ink

You may recognize some familiar line work in today’s drawing! I decided to try to make this look like “me” rather than “me” trying to look like a fashion illustrator. Sometimes being authentically yourself is the best, eh?

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

This week’s Tiny Tutorial is all about pleats. Tap here to see it.

More experiments

From Monday’s project I had a sunflower theme …here are two of the four outfits, click here to see the rest.

The photo below is from a fashion show and EEEEEEP!

Okay no more fright shows…

Here are some other fashion art I created this week…first, a galactic theme in which I asked on Instagram for what this model’s “title” is, wrong answers only. Top three:

  • huskerbeck1 She’s the Paris Hilton of Venus, and this is the new accessory rage – the latest Fitbit!! Tracks your light-years and quantum leaps 
  • bubblyduckdoes_ She’s taking part in the universe ten pin bowling championships. In a ball gown, and bowling shoes
  • merlinealicia I think she gave birth to that planet. She’s just carrying her baby.

Honorable mention to love.builds_up.crafts who made me google “Gladistoleita!”! 

 

Next up is a foursome in a group color combo but all kinds of outfits. I asked for votes and #2 seemed wearable, but #4 made everyone think they’d fall over. Ha!

This one surprised me! I spent 2 hours on the linear gal on the left, and 14 on the dotted version on the right. But what surprised me? The reaction on Instagram! I’m never sure what the algorithm is going to show people and this seemed to be the only thing it liked this week.

This was almost today’s video, but the footage came out all fuzzy. Boo hiss, camera! But that pleated dress is so fun isn’t it?

Last but not least, I made some girls that look more like the rest of us! No overly tall legs, no stick waists or arms. Much more like reality!

Did you get a giggle out of this?

Sometimes I feel like I spend a week just trying to make myself laugh. Last week was such a tough one I needed something light and silly, and that’s where this week went…next week, who knows!

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