Feathers :: Plumes

Drawing in a Moleskine Sketchbook with a good quality fountain pen is heaven for me. As the sketchbook has a glaze finish on the pages, the ink flows smoothly without scratching. It reminds me of my young days as a graphic artist when I would set my X-Acto knife into the Rubylith or Amberlith to cut out the parts that were not masked… it was such a sensuous feeling. Today I practiced merging & radiating lines, using as an excuse “duck feathers”.

Dessiner dans un Moleskine Sketchbook est toujours un grand plaisir pour moi, surtout si j’utilise une plume fontaine comme le Sailor Desk Fountain Pen EF sur ce papier recouvert d’une glaise qui rend la glisse ultra sensuelle. Ça me fait penser au temps où j’étais une jeune graphiste avec un X-Acto en main découpant des parties de rubylith ou d’amberlith… quelle sensation. Aujourd’hui j’ai décidé de pratiquer des lignes en fusion et en rayonnement avec des plumes de canard.

Sketchbook: Moleskine Sketchbook
Fountain Pen: Sailor Desk Fountain Pen EF
Ink: Carbon Ink

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Snake Plant :: Plante serpent

Sanseveria plants are more commonly known as Snake Plants or Mother in Law plants and they are amazing… they hardly need any water or light and they thrive in very poor conditions. They are known for filtering formaldehydes… which are found in cleaning products, toilet paper, etc. In China, it is known as Tiger’s Tail Orchid. In Japan, it is called Tiger’s Tail. In Brazil, it is called Espada de Sao Jorge (Sword of Saint George) and in Turkey it is known as Paşa Kılıcı or the pasha sword. In Nigeria it is known as Ogoun and is used in the ritual to remove the evil eye. In Africa, it is used as a protective charm against evil or bewitchment.

Today was very exciting for me as I received a new fountain pen and new ink, and I have fallen in love. I am sure that this duo will be with me in the near future. The ink colour is warm and dark and the fountain pen glides as if it was soaked in butter. I am a happy woman!

Les plantes sanseveria sont des plantes incroyables… elles filtrent les formaldéhydes dans nos maisons qui proviennent de produits nettoyants, le papier de toilette, etc. En plus elles ne requièrent que très peu de lumière et d’eau! Aujourd’hui j’ai reçu un paquet avec une nouvelle encre et une nouvelle plume fontaine… et le duo fonctionne à merveille. Quelle joie de dessiner avec cette plume qui glisse comme si elle était enduite de beurre crémeuse et grasse. Yeah! Et l’encre donne une richesse inégalée jusqu’ici. Je suis une femme heureuse ;-)

Si quelqu’un connaît la raison du nom de plante serpent, j’apprécierais savoir?

Paper: Small Moleskine Sketchbook
Ink: Noodlers #41 Brown
Pen: TWSBI EF

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Fireplace Mantel :: Manteau de cheminée

I am starting to prepare for the holidays… even with my sketching, and further on for my paintings. Did I mention that I am planning on painting every day of the holidays? LOL — maybe that I have to remind myself here. So here is a quick sketch of our fireplace mantel, which the term originated in medieval times as a hood that projected over a grate to catch the smoke. Nowadays, it is more appropriate to name it a mantelpiece (also known as chimneypiece). On the top left hand side is our very small xmas tree.

Voici une partie de notre manteau de cheminée… je me demande bien où est-ce que le mot manteau peut bien provenir? L’encre bulletproof veut dire qu’elle est imperméable… donc elle ne coulera pas au contact de l’eau.

Paper: Small Moleskine Sketchbook
Pen: Pilot Flexi Grip Fountain Pen, EF,
Ink: Noodlers “Bulletproof” Lexington Gray

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