Monday, 18 October 2010

STABILO SOLUBLE FINELINER PENS

I am certain you will have read that I am going on holiday to Italy next May with Anita sketching in a number of cities on a tour . Ever since our booking, I have been practicing buildings and people from DVD's and holiday brochures in different media trying to find a particular technique and materials I would like to take with me.

I have my Lamy cartridge pen with Noodlers Lexington grey ink I thought would do beautifully with overwashes of watercolour, but realised well into producing a series of work from my book on the Sistene Chapel that I actually needed soluble ink. So last night, the last evening of Anita's visit, we set up a still life and I tried out my set of stabilo pens to see which bled the most. It turned out that the result was dependent on the paper used. This made me realise why my sketches the previous day in Norwich cathedral for the 29th sketch crawl with Anita came out so pale - it was the paper in the Derwent Journal bound with soft caramel coloured suede effect I had taken for the day. (I'll post these another time - probably via Flickr which I opened an account with this weekend with the guidance of Anita).

So here is the result in a watercolour book of the still life using the brown (45) stabilo fine liner and Daniel Smith watercolour washes.

... and a close up in case the full image does not enlarge so you can see how lovely the ink bleeds into the washes at the drawn line edges. :

6 comments:

RHCarpenter said...

Good you're learning all this before your trip - you'll have it all down by May! I like this and like a little bleed, though, so maybe just a few different pens and papers? But then, packing can be such a hassle these days! I've found that, if you put your photo on the left or right side of the blog insert, it will click larger - but it won't click larger when you center it (don't know why, though).

Sandra Rowney said...

Oops a daisy! I found your brown pen in my handbag today.....
Hope you had a good weekend sketching, looking forward to seeing the fruits of your labours.

Vicki Greene said...

So lovely and delicate. You are so organized to do all of this planning well before the trip. I know that you are going to have a wonderful time.

Anita Davies said...

Yummy!
Don't worry mate, if you can't find a soluable ink for your Lamy before we leave bring it here empty and I'll fill it with Noodlers Walnut!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Thanks Rhonda for your advice re enlarging images in a post... and Sandra for letting me know you have my fine sepia Pitt waterproof pen from our ladies group afternoon ... and Anita for offering to fill my Lamy with your soluble Noodlers Walnut ink...and Vicki for your kind comments.

Robyn said...

Beautiful sketch, Joan. I am enjoying yours and Anita's excitement about your trip to Italy next year.

I like my ink to bleed a little too. Two inks I use in my Lamy Safari pen are Sheaffer Skrip Grey Ink - a new fountain pen ink discovery that I love - and Winsor & Newton Sepia Calligraphy Ink for Fountain and Dip Pens.