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Chapel Porth

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

If you aren’t already aware from some of my previous posts, Cornwall is one of my favourite places in the world. After I got back from holiday I just had to try to put some of the brilliant colours and shapes down on paper. The blues in particular you just don’t see often in the UK.

This is my impression of one of the most memorable views of my holiday. It was a pretty rainy week for our Cornish holiday this year but we were lucky enough to get a couple of lovely days and on one of them we took a walk over the cliff tops to Wheal Coates. We then walked back along the beach and finished with a pint over a view of the sea. This image is my interpretation of the view back up towards Chapel Porth and Wheal Coates up on the cliff.

The patterns made by the crowded clusters of glistening mussels on the rocks fascinate me. I’m very pleased with how this pattern transfers to paper. I think I may play around with this some more in some abstract pieces.

I will be selling the original of this painting in addition to limited edition giclee prints in 2 sizes. Please see my Etsy Shop for more details.

The original was created using Windsor & Newton Artists Watercolours and gouache on 14″x10″ Arches Hot Pressed (Smooth texture) watercolour paper.

For those of you who have already had a look at my Etsy shop, please note that as I have now had time to do some more homework I have reduced the postage costs for most of the products in my shop.

Pen Testing

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

I have previously mentioned that a while ago I was lucky enough to be sent some samples of Kuretake pens to try out.

For this doodle I used Zig brush writers and Zig Millennium 005 width (0.2mm) pens.

Zig brush writers are very similar to Zig clean colour realbrush pens in that they are water based and blendable and have real brush tips of a similar size. One difference is that the real brush pens seem to be available in slightly more colours though the colours in both ranges are very vibrant. The main difference though is that the brush writers have a large squeezy barrel that holds the ink. This can be squeezed to increase the flow. This can be used well for wet on wet watercolour like techniques, dripping ink into existing washes etc. Also there is a white ink brush writer available for mixing which can be useful. When mixed with the white pen the inks seem to dry with a slightly more glossy finish.

Zig Millennium pens have similar nibs to many other types of drawing pen like Faber Castel Pitt pens or pilot drawing pens. Zig millenniums’ inks are both archival quality and waterproof once dry. Also they are available in 9 different colours and 6 different nib sizes. A lot of the American bloggers I follow seem to hold Pigma Micron Pens in high esteem. I have been wondering what these are like for a while as they are not readily available in the UK and I finally managed to get hold of some this week. I have come to the conclusion that Pigma Microns are virtually identical to Zig Millennium pens except for the barrel and lid shape. The inks seem to be exactly the same except that the blues and reds are very slightly different shades (you have to look very hard to see the difference) and both sets of pens seem to boast the same properties (archival, waterproof etc). The Pigmas appear to be available in some extra colours in the larger size nibs but one less colour in the smallest nib size and the Pigmas are available in an extra nib size and a brush nib version. However, on the website I use, the Zig Millenniums come in a fair bit cheaper.

I am quite impressed with these pens especially the very fine line produced by the Zig Millenniums but I would love it if there was a darker sepia brown ink available for these the same as the pilot drawing pens whos nibs are not as fine as I would like.

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