Inks and things

Last night we were watching “Nuts” the documentary and  Game of Thrones and I had all the inks out and later the alcohol pens (less dangerous after a couple of glasses of mulled wine) and I drew these. I am now slightly worried about my sanity but quite pleased by how they turned out.


( windsor&newton indian ink, and quink inks on watercolour paper – or alcohol markers on canvass board)

Busy art month!

On the August bank holiday I had a little art stall at Sunshine Riding School and sold some of my pictures .. Enthused by this I got my inks out, which had been in the loft. And painted, and painted, and painted.


Not sure what to do with all these, now! Stall at Hitchin market? Etsy shop? hm.


iguana and tiger



Quick sketches done last night.

The indian ink is a bit harder to use in the dip pen than the quink drawing ink, it bleeds into the paper unless you move the pen really quickly which doesn’t give you much time to be accurate. It makes everything look like a Quentin Blake picture. I need to experiment with different paper and maybe buy some other nibs for the dip pen.


I love the colours of the inks though – I bought an acrylic “process yellow” by Daler Rowney and it’s thicker, like a paint. When I mix it with the red, the oranges are spectacular.


I’ve never really bought colours of paints/inks individually before – I usually just use whatever is in the cheap set from “the works” that happens to be on offer when i need new paints.


Because the inks are so expensive (£5 each) I have to buy them individually, and wait betweentimes, which means I’m falling in love with each colour as I get it.


I’ve been sketching for years but I’ve never been very confident with colour. At school i was the queen of the detailed pencil sketch but I never learnt how to use oils etc. Painting skin – faces and bodies – is still a mystery to me (although no doubt a quick exploration on Youtube will yield instruction videos).


I am really, really loving the inks – they’re a nice compromise between sketching and painting, and everything comes out looking like children’s books from my youth.


Startled Chicken


Startled Chicken

Perhaps not my finest moment!
Chicken – Quink inks, with brish and dip pen