Voilà! Thirty-one drawings in ink done this month. One a day. Better than bought vitamins. Something reminds me of Ramadan, I guess the prolonged effort, small each day, but each day renewed.
I dug these potatoes today. They are almost this colour. I have written about them previously: https://djdblogginghere.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/potatoes-and-ink/
Fountain pen sketchers were talking about Fude pens. They looked very interesting. Then a friend let me try hers out. What fun! So I ordered one.
They come from Japan. It was expected to take 3 weeks but came after only one. Woo hoo!
A small origami was included in the package. This is a Sailor Fude (pronounced foo-day). It was originally meant for calligraphy. According to the angle at which one writes or draws, the line will vary in thickness.
The nib has a bent point. This one is at 55°.
Of course, I had to dirty some paper. A5
The pen comes with two cartridges of black ink, not permanent. So much fun when touched with a wet brush (carefully). I also ordered a converter which is on its way separately. This is basically a refillable cartridge. We will see how much of a mess I make with that!
Today I attended a workshop and learned a new technique.
The table was prepared.
This is the press.
Put down a protective piece of paper which can be marked to aid with placement, then the inked plate, then the damp watercolour paper,
then roll it.
We used these tools to gouge lines on a copper plate.
The next step was to spread ink and then lift off the excess.
This is my work for the day. 1 – A preliminary sketch. A very good idea as otherwise I would not have been able to fit my subject in the space allotted. The copper plate was 10cm square. 2 – The etched plate. 3 – A test print on medium weight paper. 4 – First print on watercolour paper with black ink. 5 – Print with sepia ink. 6 – Print with black ink mostly wiped off, followed by sepia ink. 7 – Black ink followed by light washes of watercolour. 8 – Sepia with attempted textures.