The Quink Mermaid and Copper Rome Burning!

Just as a quick breather from the ink testing I have been looking at medieval wood block prints and cobbled together a mermaid. The Quink and bleach technique really does give that hand carved feel to the illustration. What do you think?

Also on the boards are some Noodler’s Rome Burning vials mixed with differing concentrations of copper dust. I’m posting a couple of test swatches just to get your creative juices flowing. Aren’t they just a perfect combination?

I also came across this review of Rome Burning on Amazon by HighMileageFeets which made me titter:

“Meh. It is plain ole boring brown ink. As far as I can tell, this color is also called Noodler’s Nightshade. (I happen to have a bottle of nightshade for comparison.) Great. I have yet another bottle of plain dark brown ink. Noodler’s is starting to really sink down in my good graces. They don’t have as many colors as they claim. Maybe they are colorblind? Mostly they are recycling the same colors in lighter or darker shades. I just paid almost 20 bucks for another bottle of slow drying dark brown ink. WhooHoo! Sitting here all not excited.”

Watch this space HighMileageFeets! The artwork is currently in progress and when it’s finished Noodler’s Rome Burning with added copper is gonna blow the socks off your high mileage feets!

If you’d like to know more about this about what I’m doing with fountain pen inks, please take a look at the Mission Statement.

All artwork and tests on Bockingford 200lb watercolour paper using a dip pen with titanium zebra G flex nib for the bleach work and a Desiderata Daedalus for the ink work.

Just for the record – I do this for myself, I receive no remuneration what-so-ever and I tell it exactly how I see it.