28 Jul 2010

Baubles and Beads

This is my necklace tree. Actually, it's a mug tree but I use it for my necklaces.

To be honest with you it's not really red - it's cream. I painted it cream originally and then put in the messy background and the tree looked a bit overwhelmed, so I changed the colour to red. That was a disaster so I frantically wetted the paint and blotted it out so now it's a rather horrendous looking mixture.

I think this is a good lesson for me to know when to stop fiddling.

I put in the date at the top with my new Lamy Joy calligraphy pen. It has three sizes of nibs - 11, 1.5 and 1.9 and this is the latter. I ordered a converter with it so I could use any ink in it rather than just cartridges and I filled it with Noodler's grey which is supposed to be one of their bleed-proof inks but isn't really.

I'm thinking of experimenting with lettering a bit. I've seen a few people doing this and it can be great fun. But first I'm going to have a go at putting a background onto paper using acrylic paint and a brayer (aka a lino roller). I watched an interesting YouTube video recently which showed techniques such as winding rubber bands or bubble wrap or anything with texture around the roller. It looked fun! And messy ...


  1. We are our own worst critics, that's for sure. I think this is a fun little piece! nancy

  2. I think this piece turned out very well. I've been through you're little disaster scenario many times, so I know what you're talking about!

    Regarding the ink, I don't have the gray, but with my black which says bulletproof, it will still bleed if I don't let it dry for a LONG time. Sometimes I won't add watercolor until the next day even. Your lettering is very nice!

    And your idea for a background sounds exciting!

    I know I've already said this, but I really think your banner looks terrific!

  3. I think this turned out ok...artisic licence I think it's called!
    I like the idea of a background done with a roller.

  4. I don't know what's messy about it, I think it totally rocks! =)

  5. I think this turned out really well. I love the lettering!

  6. A really nice sketch - an excellent job. If you hadn't mentioned your difficulties, I would never have guessed! I do hope you will post some pictures of you backgrounds - I would love to see what you come up with ...

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  8. I was so intrigued I checked uTube and found the video
    Thanks for the tip, I'll have to give it a try.