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Tools & Supplies / Diamine Inkvent 2021
« on: December 01, 2021, 12:49:34 PM »
In 2019 Diamine released an Advent Calendar full of tiny bottles of ink - in other words: The Best Advent Calendar Ever.  25 beautiful inks formulated for fountain pens - with properties like shading, shimmer, and sheen.  Happily, they released full-size (50ml) bottles of the 2019 inks in 2020, so that I could stop hoarding my tiny bottles of favorites.

Diamine has done it again this year: the 2021 Diamine Inkvent Calendar dropped in September, and I pestered my spouse into buying me one.  I will admit that I opened it early.  But like last time (when I opened it early, because I'm a child, apparently - yes I know it's supposed to be bad luck), I am determined to open the doors/inks in order, and not proceed until I've done a test swatch and ink drawing with each, using the name of the ink as a prompt for the drawing.  Kind of like Inktober, but for Advent.  Unlike Inktober, I won't get around to posting every day, but I'll eventually get through all of them.  I hope if others (ahem, @AnasaziWrites ) have also procured an Inkvent Calendar, they might join me for the fun.

As participants on the Forum have often noted - you can use fountain pen inks with dip pens if you doctor them a bit.  I also use fountain pen inks for drawing and painting.  All the drawings I posted in the Inktober 2021 thread were done with fountain pen inks for instance.  They have some wonderful properties of shading and chromatography, making them a very exciting art medium.  Nick Stewart shows off their amazing range on his blog: https://nickstewart.ink/

Hence, I'm posting to the "Tools and Supplies" area, since this thread will produce a catalogue of lovely, colorful inks that may be helpful for some future project.

Procedurally:

For the purposes of consistency, all of my test swatches are done on Col-O-Ring paper.  The ink is applied onto wetted paper to test for shading and chromatography.  A line of bleach and "INKVENT 2021" is applied with a Nikko G nib on an area of high saturation.  The italic "Diamine" is drawn with a #6 Mitchell, the blackletter "Inkvent" is drawn with a #3 Mitchell, the name of the ink itself is written in cursive with a medium flex vintage Gillott nib in an oblique holder.  I do not add any gum arabic for testing purposes, to get a sense of the consistency of the ink and its suitability for different uses.  So sometimes it blobs a little, which tells me how I'll need to adjust later on.  I've also described what I'm seeing in words, because lighting and monitors produce different appearances, and for accessibility purposes, because some readers may be unable to distinguish between certain colors.

Drawings are done with the ink of the day (name of the ink used as prompt for the drawing), water, and sometimes bleach, with various water color brushes, ruling pens, and dip nibs.  Unless otherwise noted, they are all done in a Stillman & Birn Beta Series spiral bound notebook with medium-grain, cold press, 270gsm paper.

Diamine marks each ink with the designations: "standard" (shading, but no shimmer, no sheen), "shimmer" (containing metallic particulates), and "sheen" (caused by a residue that is not absorbed into the paper, making some portions reflect a different, often shiny, color).  Sometimes with a combination of shimmer and sheen.
* Hey, Diamine - if you're reading this and maybe like my work with your ink, contact me!  I work on commission!


Advent started on 28 Nov this year, but some people observe it starting on 1 Dec, so I didn't want to spoil it for anyone.  But we can get started now.  So here we go:

"Seize the Night" - a dark plummy-brown mauve, "standard" ink that nonetheless seems to have some mustard-gold sheen in the especially saturated areas.  Bleeds out violets and periwinkle.  Bleach produces a relatively clean, ivory line.





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Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Dante Commemoration
« on: November 30, 2021, 09:19:32 PM »
2021 marks the 700th anniversary of the death of the Italian poet, philosopher & statesman, Dante Alighieri.  I'm organizing a commemorative event on 3 Dec 2021 at my university that will feature a student panel discussing "how and why we read Dante today", and an experiential, collaborative, performative, artwork, drawing on Dante's magnum opus, The Divine Comedy.  The artwork combines passages from the poem with creative responses generated by participants in the form of drawings, poems, memoir, and other expressions. The Divine Comedy takes place in an imagined literary "afterlife," but fundamentally meditates on the physical & spiritual traces we leave in this world through our interactions with our families, friends, and societies.

Participants in the project will add their responses to the text, prepared on a large (6' x 2') canvas. Prompts will include the following:

• Draw one of the sinners or saints or monsters represented in Dante's poetry
• Draw a symbol of hope, of sorrow, or of suffering
• Write a poem or a story in response to Dante or one of the drawings you see
• Write a memorial tribute to a loved one or someone you admire
• Write an apology for a wrong you've done
• Write a note of forgiveness for a wrong done to you
• Leave a handprint where you see yourself
• Write an aspirational goal (spiritual or physical)
• Write a thank you note expressing gratitude for something.

Dante's work stands at the intersection of social science, arts, and humanities. The project embraces diverse responses to his ideas about justice, rendered in Dante's exploration of sin and redemption through the three parts of The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The project's immersive experience supports the mission of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences by encouraging participants to place their own stories in the context of Dante's narrative about the human capacity to learn from the past, understand the present, and shape the future.

...so here's the prepped canvas (which is a bit hard to make out in this small-scale photo).  Participants will use bleach to write/draw on it - that lifts the ink creating something of a ghostly effect.  I'll show some details from it that show off the calligraphy better in another post.  And I'll post what it all turns out looking like after the event.

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Word of the Day / Inktober 2021
« on: September 26, 2021, 12:18:27 PM »
Flourish Friends -- Inktober is just around the corner, and I'm seeing that the Forum has never done an "Inktober" topic, so I'm proposing one.  If you've never heard of Inktober before, here's a little background:

From the Inktober.com website: "Jake Parker [https://www.mrjakeparker.com/] created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year."

Inktober grew out of the manga & comics art world, but illustrators, graphic designers, and artists in all sorts of media enjoy it too.  I've been doing Inktober for several years now, but I've never done a series that focused on lettering.  It seems like a natural fit for the "Word of the Day" category on the Flourish Forum. 

Here are the Inktober rules:
Inktober rules:  During the month of October...
1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want) - For Flourish Forum folks, I'm proposing we draw a "word of the day" from the prompt list.
2) Post it on any social media account you want or just post it on your refrigerator. The point is to share your art with someone. :) - AND why not post it on Flourish Forum?
3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2021 (honestly, I never actually post mine to social media, but my local pen fanciers group all share with each other)
4) Repeat - Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. Inktober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.  You can also pick & choose whatever words you like or do them out of order.  There's no Inktober Police who are going to bust you for doing Inktober wrong.

Here's the prompt list (so you can do a little planning & thinking).  I'll start posting on 1 October.  Who's with me?

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Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Happy St. Patrick's Day
« on: March 17, 2021, 03:39:33 PM »
Insular half-Uncial in honor of the day
(but with an Uncial "a" just because I like them more than the oc "a")

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Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Welcome to the World
« on: October 16, 2020, 09:31:26 PM »
One of my former students just had his first baby.  So I made a card.  And hey - I'm really getting my hand control back, a year and a half after my concussion!
--yours, K

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Show & Tell / Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott
« on: October 21, 2019, 11:12:06 PM »
This was my first really complicated piece of work after I had a terrible concussion late last winter.  I wouldn't post if it were a private commission, but I made it late this summer as a gift for a close friend who helped me through the brain injury, and working on the piece helped me regain a lot of my small motor functionality in preparation for my teaching gig this fall.  However, I also spilled a bottle of sumi ink, stabbing myself with a G nib and giving myself a tiny tattoo in the process, so maybe not all of my small motor functionality.  And I almost totally ruined a rug, mostly saved with the excellent Clorox2 stain removal advice @jeanwilson offered.  @gracefulgiftedhands asked about the piece in the "hilarious ink spill" thread that recounts that adventure.  So here it is.  Sorry the lighting isn't terrific; I snapped the photo with my phone when it was pinned up on the drying rack.

The text is Martin Luther's hymn, "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" (A mighty fortress is our God, ca.1529) - the banners contain an excerpt from Psalm 46 (in Latin), which the text paraphrases.  The script is a late-15th or early-16th century blackletter - the exemplar is from a very late 15thC German bible.  The decorative style is from the same period; the capitals derive from a 15th-16th century model book.  And the musical notation is 16th-century.

And I still have the tiny tattoo.

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Coffee & Nib-bles / Hilarious Ink Spill Question
« on: July 27, 2019, 12:44:53 AM »
I just wanted to share about my terrible no good very bad ink spill, which I feel this forum can empathize with.

Today I managed to spill most of a bottle of Iroshizuku take-sumi ink on my relatively new clothes and onto a relatively new wool area rug, simultaneously ruining three not cheap things.  The ink stain on the rug is several orders of magnitude more horrifying, of course, but my spouse has offered me no recriminations at all.  And thanks to this forum, I had some guidance to removing the worst of it.

"Yes, yes," you're saying, "K, we have all spilled a bunch of ink on ourselves and ruined things! It's not so bad!  You can replace ink & clean the clothes & rug."  And I agree that it is not the end of the world... (although it is probably why I can't have nice things, and I definitely can't afford to buy another rug)

BUT the hilarious part is that while scrambling to clean things up, I managed to stab myself with an ink-covered G-nib that I had been using to fine tune some work, so now I have a TINY TATTOO.  I have bathed, and scrubbed, and gotten all the other ink off of my legs, feet, arms, hands, etc (not the clothes or the rug, alas).  But the dot seems to be permanently and clearly dotted under my skin.

So Serious Question: Has anyone else ever accidentally stabbed themselves with a pointed nib and inadvertently given themselves a tiny tattoo?  Truly, I have been doing calligraphy for a long time, and spilled a lot of ink, but I have never tattooed myself before.  Is this common, and I've just been lucky until now?  And follow up question: Has anyone gotten rid of a self-inflicted accidental tattoo?  Any advice on this?

I guess I should be glad that it was black ink and not some other color, so it only looks like a tiny, very precise mole, and not like I changed my mind about body art at an awkward juncture.  And at least the project I was working on came through unscathed, so maybe it wasn't so bad after all.

--thank you for any tattoo removal advice, K



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Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / The Ramseyer Collection
« on: July 12, 2019, 04:37:56 PM »
The university library asked me to make a sign for a new display case showcasing rare books from the Ramseyer Northern Bible Society Collection.  It contains over 2000 religious texts from the 1230s to the 20th century, in hundreds of languages, including several varieties of Braille.  A first edition KJV, a very rare 4th edition Great Bible, manuscripts of the Koran and the Torah from the 13th and 14th centuries, and facsimiles of both the Gutenberg and the Saint John's Bible!  I get to bring students in to use the collection and curate displays, but the old title sign for the displays was just a piece of paper printed with plain san serif letters taped to the case!



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Show & Tell / Happy 200th Birthday Walt Whitman
« on: May 31, 2019, 03:35:40 AM »
Walt Whitman was born on 31 May 1819. So I copied some of his short poems to celebrate. Happy Birthday, WW!

Also - this is my first post!  I just joined in April(?) - I hope I'm doing this right.

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Introductions / Hello from Minnesota
« on: April 19, 2019, 02:38:56 AM »
Hello and thank you for having me in the forum. I'm a bit shy, so it's taken me a while to join, but I'm looking forward to being a part of it. --sincerely, K

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