:: -21 celsius ::

Well it is -21 celsius at the moment here and warmer than yesterday as it reached -27C last night… The cars are having trouble starting too, can you imagine? We went for a very small walk this morning and Pyper our Golden Retriever was glad to get back home… a first for him that is sure. This weather is perfect for an informative and long post!

A bit on inks on this cold day. There is a big difference when deciding to buy inks for writing or drawing with a fountain pen. I mostly draw with fountain pens, some inexpensive such as the Platinum Carbon and some expensive ones too such as my newly acquired Pilot Falcon SEF fountain pen.

I need to use a good quality inks that are waterproof as I like finishing up my drawings with watercolours… thus with water. If I use non waterproof inks, the inks will bleed and sometimes that effect is what I want, as you can see in this post. However I prefer to have my lines retain their solidity, so I like using waterproof inks. In Canada not many companies seem to carry the good quality fountain pen inks that are waterproof so I usually buy my inks at Jetpens.com or Gouletpens.com. Both are good reliable companies. When I first started with fountain pens I used to buy Noodlers’ bulletproof inks and the term bulletproof means waterproof… and there is a very informative page on Jetpens.com that talk about the differences in Noodler’s inks. THEN I tried De Atramentis Document Inks and ooooh lala — fell in love with this ink immediately. This ink glides and does not clog my pens and you can mix these inks together to make your own custom-made colours. I am waiting for a De Atramentis Document Brown to arrive so that I can mix it up with my Document Blue which will give me a dazzling grey colour. If you wish to peruse a very good blog on this matter, check Jane Blundell’s blog right here. I also buy a “dilution” bottle that De Atramentis sells via Gouletpens.com and I add a few drops of the dilution into my ink just in case. It keeps the ink very smooth running, albeit a bit longer to dry.

Totally forgot to mention about ink converters so my next blog will talk about that.

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook 5″x8″
Fountain Pen: Pilot Falcon SEF
Ink: De Atramentis Document Black + Dilution 10 drops
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada


Tools of the Trade :: Outils de peinture

Since this morning I have been quite busy organizing myself… reorganizing my colours in the Daniel Smith Travel Palette, cleaning them up, creating a color wheel, cleaning my fountain pens and really trying to figure out the “best” system for painting in my painting studio, aka my kitchen counter ;-)))

Depuis ce matin je suis en train de réorganiser, nettoyer et refaire mes couleurs d’aquarelle. J’ai aussi mis les outils (plume fontaine) et pinceaux que j’utilise pour dessiner et peindre. Une autre fois je parlerai des papers disponibles pour l’aquarelle. Ces photos ont été prises dans mon atelier de peinture… ma cuisine!

So I thought that some of you may like knowing what I draw and paint with…  First picture is the open Daniel Smith Travel Palette after cleaning it today, with both of its mixing areas open. The second picture is with one of the mixing areas closed with a view of my colour chart.




The arrows in my colour wheel follow the direction (from left to right) for my colour chart in my Daniel Smith palette.


1. Winsor & Newton —  Series 7 — Sable brush #10;
2. Omer De Serres, squirrel #10;
3. Winsor & Newton — Series 7 — Sable brush #5;
4. Lamy Joy Calligraphy Fountain Pen, 1.1 mm filled with waterproof black ink;
5. Carbon Pen extra fine filled with waterproof black carbon ink;
6. Pilot Flexigrip extra fine fountain pen filled with Noodlers’ Bulletproof Lexington Grey ink;
7. Sigma Pigma Micron .01 archival technical pen;
8. Lead Pencil, 2B;
9. Kneaded eraser.