I am completely behind on Inktober 2019 this year, and not sure if I even feel motivated to continue. The iron gall ink is proving problematic on some papers I have been using, as have the pens and brushes. I chose to do about 4 pictures – all of them here – on some really old paper in an apparently antique sketchbook made of really poor quality paper – at least for artwork. So, with no further ado or commentary, here you will find #8 Frail, #9 Swing, #10 Pattern, and #11 Snow.
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.