Inktober Week 2


Inktober Week 2

Well I’m already into week two of #inktober. It is going by so fast. I have seven new drawings to share with you today.

Inktober Day 5: For Day 5 I used Dr. Ph Marten’s Bombay India Ink in Van Dyke Brown and then I used Dr. Marten’s Iridescent Calligraphy Colors in Copper Plate Gold for the accents. I used a dip pen and found that I was having an extremely hard time regulating the brown ink with particular nib I used. The ink was bleeding everywhere and through the paper too. Overall¬† I guess it came out okay, but I was pretty frustrated by the time I finished it.

Inktober Day 5

Inktober Day 5

Inktober Day 6: For Day 6 I used Higgins Calligraphy Ink in black, although I personally think it looks more like a dark gray, and a dip pen. This drawing went pretty well until I accidentally dipped my pen to far into the jar of ink and a big old splotch landed right on my llamas nose! I was so disgusted so I decided to splash on some more ink. In the end I suppose the ink splotches worked out fine.

Intober Day 6

Inktober Day 6

Inktober Day 7: For Day 7 I used Higgins Drawing Ink (waterproof) in Black. The Higgins drawing ink “black” is much darker than their calligraphy ink “black”. I used a dip pen again. Overall the ink and pen seemed to cooperate with me and I am relatively happy with the results. When I was writing my info on the drawing the pen kind of flicked ink upward (where it looks like little black vertical lines) so I decided to also add a few ink splatters.

Inktober Day 7

Inktober Day 7

Inktober Day 8: For Day 8 I used Daler-Rowney Black India Ink for all the outlines and the pattern on the fabric. For the large areas of black I used a Pitt Artist pen in black (which is also India Ink). The colored areas are done with Copic markers. I used silver metallic and clear glitter gel pens by Sakura for some of the accents in her hair ornamentation. I am really happy with this drawing. The only problem was when I went to write “Geisha” I had too much ink on my nib and big splotch dropped right on her neck. ūüė¶

Inktober Day 8

Inktober Day 8

Inktober Day 9: Day 9 was actually done a day later as I was overwhelmed with projects on Day 9. Since I was trying to catch up I used my Lamy Safari fountain pen instead of dip pen. My pen is filled with Noodler’s Heart of Darkness ink. I used Copic markers for the fingernails and the word “hand”. I also used a Sakura white gel pen to add highlights to the fingernails. I’m not very good at drawing hands so I wanted to try out this new techniques I saw for drawing hands. Hey, at least it looks like a hand now. LOL.

Inktober Day 9

Inktober Day 9

Inktober Day 10: For Day 10 I used Liquitex Acrylic Ink in Sap Green with a dip pen. The words “lil Froggy” were written with a Copic marker (brush tip). This lil froggy was fun to draw. I felt comfortable drawing with the dip pen on this one and I’m happy with how this lil froggy came out.


Inktober Day 10

Inktober Day 11: For Day 11 I used Daler-Rowney FW Pearlescent Acrylic Ink in Moon Violet and Dr. Ph. Marten’s Bombay India Ink in Van Dyke Brown. I was NOT happy with with how the FW Pearlescent ink behaved with the dip pen. I don’t think I will use those pearlescent inks with dip pens again. Using that ink was actually a bit of a nightmare and made for an unpleasant drawing experience.

Inktober Day 11

Inktober Day 11

Well, that is it for week two of Inktober. I’ll be back later to show you what I draw this week! Happy drawing!


Inktober is Here!


Inktober is here! You might ask “What is Inktober?”

Every October, artists all over the world take on the #inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. Jake Parker created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year. The logo above is linked to the Inktober web page where you can read the rules and other information.

I am participating in Inktober for the first time. You can use any kind of ink pen, but I want to learn how to use a Dip Pen for drawing. So I will be challenging myself to do all 31 drawings for Inktober using a Dip Pen. I have a whole box of different inks and a lot of pen nibs so I plan to have some fun with this challenge. I will post my Inktober drawings on a weekly basis (so you’ll see a weeks worth of drawings in one post).

Here is my Day 1 Drawing using Higgins Waterproof Drawing Ink (Black):

Inktober Day 1 Drawing

This was my first time drawing with a Dip Pen. You might notice the there are some spots where the pen really bled, this was due to my applying too much pressure with the nib. The nib separates and widens when pressure is applied. This is definitely going to be a learning experience.

Here is my Day 2  Drawing using Bombay India Ink (Cherry Red):

Inktober Day 2 Drawing

I seemed to have better control of the Dip Pen on my second drawing. I also used a small amount of Daniel Smith’s Shadow Violet watercolor paint on the flower petals to create some shadows.

Here is my Day 3 Drawing using Bombay India Ink (Tangerine):


Day three’s drawing was a lot of fun, especially with the Tangerine ink! Again I felt I had good control over the nib of the pen.

Here is my Day 4 Drawing using Daler-Rowney Calli Calligraphy Ink (Blue):

Inktober Day 4 Drawing

This one was also fun to draw. Again, I felt like I had good control of the pen nib.

The Crayola Crayon Challenge

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I belong to this mail art trading site ATCs for All (AFA). Within the AFA site I belong to a group called Envie Addicts Unite (EAU). In EAU we are paired with a parnter each month and we send them envelope that we “art” on. Check out the EAU Pinterest Board to see the art we’ve been doing for the past three years. My friend Melissa hosts this group and I am kind of like her assistant.

One of the fun things we do for this group is post daily inspiration (art videos, tutorials, challenges, pins, etc.). Today I posted a You Tube video for a Crayon Challenge. I decided I would also participate in the Crayon Challenge, but I didn’t make a video about it. I just took a couple of pictures instead.

So to begin with, I used my Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal to sketch out my drawing.


Then I pulled out my box of Crayolas and pulled out some of the crayon colors I would be using.


Well, this is my end result…Seashells in Crayon. Let me know what you think. I’d love to hear about it if you decide to challenge yourself with crayons too.


Sharing Art

So, a friend of mine on AFA (ATCs for All) put out a call for artwork. She has a friend who has been feeling depressed and lonely lately and wanted to cheer her up. So the theme of the art is supposed to be friendship.

I decided to create some “Love” birds and the style I used is inspired by artist Cori Dantini. I used Copic and Prismacolor Premier markers on a 5″ x 7″ piece of smooth Bristol. I also decided to put a matching bird on the envelope. Here is what I came up with. I’d love to hear what you think.



I’m back!

I guess I’ve been MIA lately. I don’t really have a good reason for it either. Not to worry though as I still have been making art in my absence. I thought I’d post a little bit of what I’ve been up to.

So I’ve been taking a fabulous monthly watercolor workshop with Joyce Thomas. She paints really fresh watercolors and I just love her work. So far I’ve attended three of her workshops. Here are the paintings I did in the workshops:

Door-and-Window-lg Hummingbird_Painting copy Lighthouse

Let me know what you think about them. ūüôā

Cooking Some Glass!

So I’ve been experimenting with fusing glass. I have a Paragon SC2 Glass Kiln and I’ve had it a couple of years, but haven’t really used it. I guess I was intimidated by it. I’m still trying to learn about the ramp settings, which to me are very confusing!

Here is the kiln I have (Paragon SC2 with Bead Door and Window):


Here is the firing schedule I used for this batch of glass (COE 90):

Segment      Rate     Temperature     Hold Time (in minutes)
1                  400F     1250F              30
2                  600F     1480F              10
3                  Full        900F                60
4                  150F     700F                 0 (end)

Now don’t ask me to explain this firing schedule or what any of it means because I really don’t have any idea. I’ve been finding different firing schedules online and trying them hoping to find one that gives me the results I’m looking for.

Here are some pictures of my glass before firing and after firing. Some of the pieces experienced problems during the firing. I will make notations of those things along with the pictures.

This first piece was an epic fail! I saw this picture of a beautiful pendant on Pinterest by Carrie Strope and thought I would try to create something similar. So I layered glass stringers between two pieces of clear glass. As you can see my piece looks NOTHING like the inspiration piece. In fact, my piece didn’t even fully fuse.


This second piece is probably my favorite piece from this batch. It has a base of clear glass. The next layer contains to pieces of orange glass and a piece of glass stringer. The third layer has a piece of clear patterned dichroic glass. Then it is top with another piece of clear glass.


This piece would have been really nice if it weren’t for the huge air bubble between the bottom two flower millifiori. This piece contains some dichroic glass. One thing I love about dichroic (which literally means two colors) is that it reflects different colors when you turn it. However, you never know what color it is going to end up after firing.¬† If you look at the before picture the dichroic glass appears a yellow/orange color and after it was fired it became a beautiful turquoise color. It also contains millifiori (which literally means thousand flowers and is an ancient Italian glass making technique). On this piece I began with a base of white glass. On top of that I placed the three pieces of millifiori and the two pieces of flat dichroic. I topped it off with a piece of clear glass. I’ve since learned that having that much “empty” space on the middle layer is what can cause air bubbles.


This piece came out pretty good. It has a base of black glass followed by two pieces of dichroic and a piece of green opaque glass. I topped it off with a piece of clear glass. Again, notice how that yellow/orange piece of dichroic glass (same kind as in the above piece) turned that beautiful turquoise color.


This piece began with a white base. On top of that I placed a blue-green piece of textured dichroic (on black) glass and then topped it off with a piece of clear glass. There was a slight fusing proglem with piece. If you look in the third picture you’ll see where the clear glass didn’t completely encase the dichroic glass. This probably could have been resolved by using a slightly bigger piece of clear glass.


This next piece really shows dichoric glass at work. I used a piece of flat purple dichroic (on black) glass for the base. On top of that a placed a small piece of that same yellow/orange dichroic and topped it off with a piece of clear glass. The white dot you see in the before picture is just white glue I used to hold the pieces together for transferring to the kiln. I think this piece actually came out quite beautiful with it’s magenta and turquoise colors.


This next piece is a lot different from the ones I’ve shown you so far. I began with a clear base and put two different pieces of green glass on the top and bottom (one was a solid green and the other one was kind of streaked with other colors). In the middle of the two green pieces of glass I put light adventurine green medium frit (which is broken up glass pieces). I then topped it off with clear glass. Again, those white dots you see on the before picture are just white glue, which burns off in the kiln. This piece is more beautiful in real life as the frit and the bottom piece of glass both sparkle, almost as if they contain glitter.


This next piece began with a base of red glass. On top of that I placed a piece of dichroic (on black) and dichroic (on clear) glass at each end. Then I topped it off with scrap clear glass. The scrap pieces of clear glass ended up being a bad choice as it posed a couple problems during the firing process. You’ll notice in the before picture on both the left and right sides there is a little chip in the clear glass pieces. This chip caused the clear glass to not fully enclose the ends of the dichroic glass. Also if you look at the before picture you’ll see that the bottom of the middle piece of clear glass is longer than the two side pieces. If you look at the finished piece you’ll see that middle protrudes a little. I guess this piece was a real learning experience.


This next piece was another learning experience. This piece began with a clear base where I set four pieces of blue transparent glass on top and placed a millifiori in the center and then topped it with scrap clear glass. I was planning on the finished piece to have a clear window in the center showcasing the millifiori, but that was not what I got. The blue glass melted right up to the millifiori. I suppose I should have surrounded the millifiori with clear glass to sort of dam back the blue glass. Also the scrap clear top posed a similar problem as in the piece above. On this piece the problem was where the two pieces of scrap glass met up, but were not flush with each other. In fusing these two pieces the millifiori got distorted.


This next piece did not seem to have any problems. I began with a multi-colored base. I put a green piece and a blue piece of opaque glass together. I got this idea from the Dichroic Glassman on YouTube. I then put two different pieces of textured dichroic glass and two small piece of glass (one amber colored transparent and one green opaque). I topped it off with a piece of clear glass.


This next piece began with a clear base. I then put a piece of that streaked (sparkly) green glass in the middle, with two pieces of the orange/yellow textured dichroic on either side. At the top I used the light adventurine green medium frit again. This piece fired nicely without any problems. Again in real life the frit and the middle piece really sparkle.


This next piece is probably my second favorite piece out of this batch. It began with a clear base. I then put two pieces of green opaque glass on either side. The middle I filled with frit (Sushi color blend) and top the piece with clear glass. It think this piece turned out beautiful.


This next piece began with a black base. I then put three millifiori in varying sizes down from the top. I put a sliver of flat dichroic glass on the right of the millifiori and a piece of the same color down at the bottom. I then topped it off with clear glass. The dichroic is actually more pink than red in real life. The little sliver actually melted over to the side so you really can’t see it in the finished piece.


This final piece of glass began with a white base of which I put a piece of flat dichroic (on black) glass on top followed by a clear piece of glass. I was kind of surprised how much the piece of dichroic glass expanded over the top of the piece of white glass. I thought more white glass would be showing through in the finished piece. Other than my expectations, the piece fired just fine.


So if their are any fused glass artists out there reading my blog, I would welcome any tips and advice you could give to this novice glass fuser.

Which piece is your favorite out of the batch?