I’ve been creating monograms lately ... using the 6.0mm Pilot Parallel pen and my favorite colour of J.Herbin ink, “Ambre de Birmanie”. Some letters are just so much fun! Like N and K.
Ah, that's a beauty. Thanks for sharing the tools you used, too. Great color.
Hi Alice!First off; your work is stunningly beautiful. An inspiration for me to work harder and learn more and try new things.Second. I just yesterday received my first two Pilot parallel pens in the mail. (Yay!) I'm still playing with them and love the responsiveness of the nibs, but I find the ink watery and too abundant.I was tempted to try acrylic or gouache using the converter. Is that what you do? Are there any inks I dare not try? (I have an ultrasonic cleaner and have never had trouble getting other nibs clean no matter what kind of ink I use.)Any advice would be most appreciated!K
Thanks, Kim.Yes, feel free to experiment with other inks in your Parallel pen. I use acrylics (most often FW acrylics) but a gouache mixed to ink-like consistency works well too. Do avoid pure India ink and most sumis. Basically, just experiment - you'll learn quickly which inks to avoid, and the pens come fully apart for cleaning, so you shouldn't 'wreck' any of them. Especially with that ultrasonic cleaner! (What a great idea - I think I will look into them.) See my earlier post about re-filling the cartridges, which I find easier than filling the converter. You can use the provided ink for practice - and try it on a good quality ink-jet paper - the ink tends to sit on the paper surface and bleeds less than on normal bond. Have fun with your PPP!
Hello, again, Alice!Thank you for responding, and so quickly! : DI will search for your post about refilling the cartridges! I think I read it some time ago but at the time I didn't have the pens.Blessings,Kim
Oh, I forgot to tell you; I found my brand new ultrasonic cleaner on eBay for less that $40. I LOVE it!
And thank you, Kim! I'm now looking at ultrasonic cleaners on eBay! Sounds like you're happy with yours... what brand/model did you get?
Mine is a Kendal. I've got using it down to a science! I place two small glass jars into the water bath so that I can plop the dirty nibs right into the proper cleaning solution and I don't have to tear the whole thing apart to clean it! (meaning both the nibs AND the unit!)Little pimento jars are good, or ready to use garlic jarsThe ultrasonic cleaner has 5 different cleaning cycles--from 90 seconds to 8 minutes. A minute and a half usually does the trick.
soooooo beautiful, alice!
is that you, bean? hmmn, you might want to use some of these monograms...
Hello! These are just beautiful. I featured your "KQ" monogram on my blog at http://karenfaulknerart.blogspot.com/ this weekend.
Simply beautiful, Alice. They look like dancers :)
Hi Alice,I think your work is beautiful, and so inspirational - so thank you. I come to your blog every now and then when I need a bit of uplifting - and your work always does the trick. :-)Claire x
One reason why I love my parallel pens is that that make it so easy to practice. I often take a cheap pad of paper (like Bumble Bee which has a little tooth), put a liner underneath, and practice while sitting in a cafe.
Oh, and your work with the Herbin inks are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.
Those letters are so graceful and relaxed. Beautiful!
I love this, could you make one with my initials? adg and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org i've been looking for something like this for my initials to get as a tattoo and can't find anything.
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