Still having fun drawing the produce of the local farmers markets. This last couple of weeks has seen the addition of Bok Choy and I just finished the Cumquats yesterday. I have been snuggling down on the coach with my heater and little Hannah as company as the rain comes bucketing down outside. You can tell she is working hard and clearly having a bad hair day.
I have been experimenting with different waterproof inks for my Lamy safari pen. I had been using Noodlers black ink, but it isn’t as waterproof as I would like. These two drawings were done with Platinum Carbon Black. I did notice an improvement with this ink, it is smoother in the pen and is much more waterproof. The down side is that it does have carbon particles in the ink and they might block up my pen, (though it hasn’t done so in the three weeks it has been in there and I haven’t used it every day, I don’t want to mess up my new pen). I have just ordered some De Atrementis black archive ink which is also supposed to be good so I will see how that goes.
I have also been playing around with gessoed boards to try to find some different ways to present this work. I love working on paper, but I am not as happy with framing and putting the work behind glass. I would like to find a way to present the work similar to how oil paintings are with thick sides that can be hung on the wall.
When I did the pieced patterns, I covered them with a varnish that had UV filters. I am conscious of the fact that some colour pencil colours are not as light-fast as needed and that water-colour pencils are worse. These UV filter coatings are getting very sophisticated so I am confident that the combination of varnishes from Golden will give me the dust and UV protection I will need. I used Golden Gel Topcoat w/UVLS which I brushed on and Golden Archival varnish with UVLS which is a spray. I used a combination of Gloss and Matt as the gloss gives a stronger finish and the matt top coat stops it being too shiny.
There is no doubt that these varnishes change the way the work looks and gives it a slight plastic finish and I haven’t decided if I can live with that yet. I will take some photos of the process as I go along with these different experiments and of course share the outcomes with you.