I have to say February has not been a great month for me. My father died on the 12th and things seemed to take a bit of a tumble since then. I was feeling more and more down with every day. So I needed to pull myself back together and I think I may have the answer – Art Therapy. I sketched this portrait yesterday and the more that I was drawing the more I became the old me. As I started to bleed the ink (not too sure that is a technical term) I became more aware that all I needed was something to focus on.
Phil Davis http://theartofphildavis.blogspot.com/ suggested to me that a watercolour block may be the way to go to combat my paper buckling problem. It isn’t a very big problem but could be when I progress to watercolour. So I wonder – should I be looking for Hot Press or Not/Cold Press? I am thinking Not but maybe I would be better off with smoother Hot Press.
My new Lamy Safari arrived and was waiting for me when I got back from Yorkshire. I also got the converter but I have no ink. Maybe someone out there could recommend a nice ink to try. I must admit that I wanted to try water-proof ink such as Platinum Carbon Black/Sepia or some Noodlers Lexington Grey with watercolour. It is so hard to get hold of Noodlers here in the UK. On the other hand the bleeding technique I have been using is quite fun. I was wondering if once the ink has bled you could then use watercolour washes over the top or would the ink still run too much? I read somewhere that Private Reserve Velvet Black runs well with beautiful under-colours. Anyone know of a nice ink for this technique?