cats, quotes, portraits and InkTober

Black Kitty #7

Last month I revisited a black cat painting I did years ago and decided to make it into a stamp. I had a block of speedball "speedy cut' which is super easy to carve. I added whiskers by hand with a pen. I've made several prints on pages from vintage books and on rice paper. The one above is Black Ktty #7 and is on a page from a blueprint reading instruction book.

Edgar Allan Poe Cat quote

Before I made these prints, I tested the carved stamp in my journal and added a quote. It's a perfect time of year for Edgar Allan Poe quotes. October brings us to Inktober and I've been having fun with my fountain pens, dip pens and inks.

Helene Dutrieu

I found this archived photo of Helene Dutrieu in the The Library of Congress on Flickr. Her adventurous life inspired me to draw her portrait. She's wearing her flying headgear in the portrait.

Jounal page, sumi ink portrait

Inktober started off with the above portrait. I drew it using sumi ink and a dip pen. Lately, I have been exploring patterns and I just let my mind wander through the drawing, creating whatever shape or pattern that comes to mind.

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Yesterday was rainy and windy, so I spent the day working on my bicycle: new tires, tubes and a chain. I still need to change the brake pads, but today is sunny, so I'll be out enjoying a long bike ride.

joining sunday sketches


  1. We are having a wonderfully windy weekend. I love your cat stamp as I live black cats.

  2. We are having a wonderfully windy weekend. I love your cat stamp as I live black cats.

  3. Wow that black cat stamp turned out perfectly. Love your art.

  4. I love the cat stamp on the blueprint page. It almost looks three dimensional. I like using old book pages for backgrounds also. Great lines in the last piece.

  5. What lovely pieces! I so love your kitty, it's so wonderful.

  6. Great work on your first week of Inktober. I'm doing it too! 😊

  7. Creative post and art work ~ favorite is the stamp ~ lovely! thanks,

    Wishing you a special week ~ ^_^

  8. Lovely work, Juana, both your stamp and your art. I love the way you did the patterns in the bottom sketch.


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