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.

 

 

Please click on the image thumbnails to see the pictures –

 

 

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. 

 

 

Please click on the image thumbnails to see the pictures –

 

 

 

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,
-Soma

 

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Reviving Old Ones

Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Over the past few weeks, I took stock of all the projects that are shoved inside my cabinets and shelves.  I was not the least bit surprised to find quite a few forgotten ones.  I love to play with new ideas. That of course comes at the cost of unfinished projects, no matter how much I despise having them around.  I picked some of them to be my current work-in-progress projects.

 

 

Victorian House Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I don’t even remember when I started working on this Victorian house or why I abandoned it.  I found it quite by chance while looking for another painting.  The house that inspired this one is itself in a sad shape, just like this painting of mine.  I am now actively working on it, starting with adding a few magical elements to it.

 

 

Gothic Architecture Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

After painstakingly drawing out the architectural details, this Gothic building came to a stall as well.  I am glad I waited with this one though, because I have since changed my mind and now have a much clearer vision of how I want to proceed with it.  Can’t wait to see it take shape!

 

 

Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Purchase Stained Glass Flowers patterns

 

The Garden Path quilt.  I had the quilt layout design done long ago.  However, upon revisiting, I changed the flower distribution while keeping the original layout.  After a LOT of iterations, I am finally happy with it.  There is now a bit of symmetry amongst the asymmetry.  I also didn’t want the fabric combinations to repeat, that was part of the “puzzle” I had to solve as well.

 

Due to limited space, I don’t have a design wall.  I use my computer software all the time for layouts.  Plus, I like figuring out the layout first before I make the blocks, so I have a clear idea of how many of which I need to make.

 

 

Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

My August goal was to finish at least a few of the blocks.  I am so glad to have finished four of them.  I will be joining One Monthly Goal, hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts.

 

 

Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I got a 12″ cutting mat lately.  It is fantastic for trimming and cutting paper piecing fabrics.  I place it on my ironing board, which is usually placed perpendicular to my sewing machine.  This setting has been great for my back, since I can now just swivel my chair while sitting back on it properly.

 

 

Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Purchase Stained Glass Flowers patterns

 

These were the first four blocks that I made.  I am very happy to have finally started on this one again and I am already halfway through making all the blocks.  These are all 12″ flower patterns that I designed with stained glass motifs in mind.

 

I am considering both of the paintings and the Garden Path quilt as large projects.  I know I will soon get sidetracked by something new and small for instant gratification.  I just need to make sure I continue to come back to these. 

How about you?  Whether you paint, sew, or do other craft work, do you work on one project at a time, or do you find yourself working on a few small ones and then coming back to the large ones?

 

You can still link up on this month’s  Wandering Camera here.

 

-Soma

 

I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  Please pay a visit to some of them.  

 

 

 

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