Journal Sketches, inks, pearl ex, and watercolors

female figure, journal page, clairefontaine notebook

Recently I purchased a set of powder pearl ex mica pigments. It includes 9 colors plus powdered gum arabic. The above journal sketch was done with a dip pen, pearl ex rose gold, Daniel Smith Lunar Blue watercolor and Daniel Smith Walnut ink.

mini asian tea set with dip pen inks, watercolors

Above is the mini asian tea set that I talked about last week. I have the little cups filled with walnut ink, pearl ex rose gold, and daniel smith lunar blue. The cups are about 2.5 cm (just under an inch) high and fit snugly with the tea pot in the tray. The tea pot holds water for cleaning the nibs.

Usually, I just dip the nib into the ink well. Unfortunately, I didn't fill the tea cups high enough to dip my nibs, so I used my smallest brushes to dip into the cups and swipe my dip pen.

I keep my de atramentis document inks in vials that I purchased at goulet pens. These document inks are mixable to make new colors and each mixed color can go in its own vial. To keep the vial standing and make it harder to accidentally knock over, I used a planter and put a cloth napkin inside it. The planter is 8 cm (3 inches high) and the vials are 6 cm (2.4 inches) high. As I tend to work with one color at a time, this has been working well so far.

All that was missing was something to rest my dip pen to keep it from rolling around. I looked at my collection of found beach objects on my windowsill and spotted the sea glass my husband found and gifted me. It holds my dip pen in place perfectly.

joining sunday sketches (link in side bar)


  1. what a beautiful way to store your ink!! such a pretty teapot. your drawing is very nice!!

  2. Cute teaset with multiple purpose, and a nice page.

  3. It's lovely to see a close-up shot of this cute asian tea set and you created great drawings with this ink!

  4. That tea set for your inks is brilliant! How do you like the Daniel Smith walnut ink? I love walnut ink, but am not crazy about the brand I am using. And I love all the textures in your drawing.

  5. Lovely! I really like all the textures :)

  6. The tea set is a great idea for your inks. I would think it almost adds to the fun of sketching. I know that when I drink juices or other beverages they seem to taste better in a special glass. Your art is always interesting and unique.

  7. Beautiful photos of your wonderful space and art...lovely sunlight...and beautiful inks! Gorgeous work, magical and visually striking!
    Happy Sunday Sketches
    Victoria #14

  8. I've never ever heard of powder pearl ex mica pigments. Whoa. You've created such a beautiful piece. I love how you're always trying out new products, etc. Well done. :)

  9. I LOVE your ink set up, Juana! I always have my ink jar inside a sturdy container we discussed previously, I'm paranoid about possible spillages. haha Beautiful art and a perfect pen rest!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. such a sweet set up
    a bit romantic
    would make me want to use it, visit it, enjoy it
    thank you for sharing what you use to make your wonderful art
    I never noticed that D.S. made this ink.


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