If you didn’t grow up in the 50s, the mask and hat may mean nothing to you. If you did, perhaps you remember the TV show The Lone Ranger. It was my favorite show when I was a kid. We all wore cowboy and cowgirl outfits, complete with masks and six-shooters filled with rolls of caps. Bang! Bang! We all imagined riding horses over the wild hills, chasing bandits. I found Tonto especially cool because he was an Indian, played by Jay Silverheels (even his name was great!). There were several people who played The Lone Ranger, but the one I remember is Clayton Moore.
Interestingly, I remember the actors’ names after all these years!
And if you want to ramble about PC-ness, go somewhere else . . .
Not the most popular frog in the pond, I expect. Did his last date stand him up? A rather sad fellow . . .
More homemade iron gall ink, but this time accompanied by some colored ink from Fox & Quills, available from John Neal, Bookseller.
In American English, “Husky” can also mean big and strong. Sumo is full of husky men, trained in the traditional art of Sumo, a form of wrestling or martial art with a long history in Japan. While I don’t really know anything about Sumo, I’ve always rather enjoyed watching it.
Today’s post #5 for Inktober 2019 – Build – is a lot easier than yesterday’s was, for whatever reason. In keeping with my promise to myself, this was drawn with homemade iron gall ink. I created different shades with diluting the ink with water, letting it dry, and then adding more ink to layer it into darker shades. It seems to work pretty well. I also used two different pen nibs for the line work – in iron gall with a dip pen – along with an old paint brush I am willing to sacrifice as iron gall is a higlhy corrosive ink over time.
And, if you operate this critter, please excuse my inaccuracies!
I am having a bit of a problem getting my head around some of these prompts, or maybe I am just distracted by other things and projects. To me “freeze” means to make something frozen, or to freeze action – but that is hard to express. So, perhaps the thaw in contrast with the North Pole will resolve this conflict!
Today’s prompt for Inktober 2019 is “bait” – bait?! Jail bait. Cut bait. Click bait. Take the bait. Switch and bait. Crow bait. All kinds of bait.
I went for the obvious: a fish lure and a mouse trap.
I also decided that I would use my homemade iron gall ink that I made earlier this year. Iron gall ink is present in manuscripts, old letters, and the sketchbooks of yore. It’s something I haven’t done yet, and thought it could be a fun (and very messy) project for the month of Inktober.
So, a fish lure. I didn’t decide on the iron gall ink until last minute, so the initial drawing was done with a fountain pen and the washes done with the iron gall, sometimes directly applied, other times diluted. I am using a throwaway brush because iron gall corrodes things, such as pen nibs, so it will most likely do a number on the brush.
A mouse trap with a really generous bit of cheese – and probably an unrealistic amount at that!
So, baited we are.