Dragon painting with fountain pen ink @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

Little Stories – Fairy Tale Inspired

Dragon painting with fountain pen ink @ InkTorrents.com by Soma



Hi Everyone!   Recently I pulled out the blocks for one of  my quilts which had been stashed away for a very long time in the hope of finishing them soon.  I finished this little painting using fountain pen inks, looking forward to  sharing my findings with you.   To wrap it all up, I have a pair of little wild flowers.




Unfinished Garden Path Quilt



Garden Path Flower Quilt Pattern @ InkTorrents.com by Soma



Let’s start with the Garden Path quilt.  I had the quilt layout design done long ago.  It was inspired by the gardens I had visited in the UK.  Some of those gardens really look like fairies live there.



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Selenite Clematis,  Olivine Tulip,  Kyanite Iris and Garnet Primrose


These are all 12″ flower patterns that I designed with stained glass motifs in mind.

If you are wandering about the names – I love geology and the flowers started looking very much like they were made of crystal. So, I decided to name them after my favourite minerals.




Garden Path Flower Quilt Pattern @ InkTorrents.com by Soma


Here is the full stack of finished blocks.   Only five more to make.  I am hoping to finish at least two more blocks within the next two week.




A Little Experiment – Painting With Fountain Pen Ink



Fountain Pen Quilt Pattern @ InkTorrents.com by Soma



Fountain pens and I go a long way back.  In school, from third year onwards, we were to use fountain pens only.  I still remember the anticipation of getting my very first fountain pen.  Since then, I have only ever used fountain pens for writing.  This is a quilt block I designed based on one of my pens.




Painting with fountain pen ink @ InkTorrents.com by Soma



For my birthday this year, my husband gave me a fountain pen and couple of bottles of beautiful inks.   I was curious to see how fountain pen ink would behave as paint, so I set out to sketch a quick painting with them. 



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The blue ink is Pilot Iroshizuku Moonlit Night, the red is Diamine Dragon Blood Ink.   Love the names.  He really knows me well!


I left the ink on my palette for a few days.  I was afraid that once the ink dried, it may not rewet well.  To my surprise, it was as good as fresh ink with a drop or two of water.


I tried sploshing a little ink on wet paper in my little book.  It spread out just like watercolour. 


Although these two inks are from different companies, they mixed very well and I was able to create different shades of black, grey and purple.


The Dragon Blood ink is infused with gold coloured particles which gives it a slight shimmery effect.  That part is only seen in the undiluted ink.




Dragon painting with fountain pen ink @ InkTorrents.com by Soma



With watercolour, I can lift and move paint easily as long as it has not dried completely.  These inks, however, would not budge at all.


I started with extremely diluted paint, and slowly built up the colour intensity by layering.  The inks did not lift off when I applied the next layer.  It was really easy to work with them, and I needed very little ink for this 6″ x 4″ painting.


Even the diluted colours dried with a soft but vibrant effect.  I found that to be very unique to these inks.


Fountain pen inks can be quite expensive.  Goulet Pen Co. sells ink samples for a very reasonable price.  Jet Pens also has a very good collection. 




Little Book of Dragons



Handmade watercolour journal @ InkTorrents.com by Soma



This moss green journal was the very first 3″ x 4″ journal I made.   The early editions of  J. R. R. Tolkien’s Hobbit was bound in light green cover.  As soon as I made this book, I wanted to make it a book of dragons.  I am glad I waited.  Now the first painting is special, made with the inks I got for my birthday and inspired by the weather on my birthday at Yosemite Valley.




Dragon And The Little Boy



Dragon painting with fountain pen ink @ InkTorrents.com by Soma


This little boy can befriend dragons very easily.   Not to control them mind you, but to talk to them.  Dragons always have such fascinating stories to tell.  While everyone else thinks he has special powers of making dragons listen to him, he would tell you that he is simply being nice to them and listening to them.




Little Wild Flowers




Last Sunday, despite my deadly pollen allergies, I hazarded a little outing on a trail.   Although I paid for it dearly afterwards, I found the most beautiful flowers there.  These are Golden Fairy Lanterns.  I found these two tucked away beside an oak tree.  More on the next Wandering Camera.


I always get asked – The quilt patterns and the journals, designed and hand made by me are available in my shop.


I think we all can use a little helping of fairy tale inspiration every now and then, don’t you?


Until next time,


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Make Art – Artist Paintbox

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Given how much I love to paint,  this block should have been the very first one in the Make Art series.  I think I was waiting for a moment of inspiration and motivation.  It came to me as I unwrapped the recently-received brushes and paints.  Very soon afterwards, I had the initial drawing finished.

I designed it so all the elements in the pattern are independently pieced. That way they can be stitched in random order.  One or more elements of this pattern can also be used for different projects.



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Earlier in the year I made a decision to spend more time painting and returning to photography as I missed them terribly.  I stayed true to my word.  I painted a lot more this year and started the Wandering Camera linky party.



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Instead of drawing with ink pens, I love to draw with quill pens because of the uneven lines they create.  The Make Art series started with this Quill Pen quilt pattern.



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I also love to write, and I express myself best in writing.  I have been using fountain pens ever since my third year of primary school.  As I was sewing the quill pen, I knew this fountain pen quilt pattern had to be the next one.




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If you know an artist or a writer, they might love these.  All the patterns are available in my shop.


The colours in the Artist Paintbox are based on my own favourite palette.  I am thinking of framing these blocks instead of quilting them or using them for other sewing projects.  My husband has already claimed the fountain pen as he also loves to write.  It will go off to live in his office.  I have another plan for the quill pen which I will share later.  This one, I am very sure, will go on an empty space on my atelier wall.


Thank you for your lovely comments on the October Stories photos.  Wandering Camera linky party is still open.  You can link up your posts here.


Until next time and Happy Creating,


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