Saturday, August 6, 2011

Birch Trees at North Lake

There are beautiful birch trees around North South Lake, though many have been claimed by the beavers in the past couple of years! I sketched this clump of them the other day while resting in the picnic area. I used my Kuretake fountain brush pen for the first time, and oh my gosh, I love this thing to bits! I used the black cartridge that came with the pen, which is washable ink. I think I'd actually prefer an ink that stays put. Along with it, I used a waterbrush filled with J. Herbin Gris Nuage to give me midtone greys, plus a waterbrush that I used to wash a bit of the black ink. Together they gave me quite a range. This was done in my Stillman & Birn Beta book, which is very rapidly becoming my favorite for pen and wash work.


  1. Lovely sketch. You could probably refill the cartridge with waterproof ink (like a Noodler's Black) or with another bottled ink you like with a syringe like this one:

    I know Noodler's has several "bulletproof" inks that are waterproof and some other companies carry waterproof inks, too. That might be a perfect solution. :)

  2. Hi Jamie,
    I so enjoy (continue to enjoy) following your blogs! I'll be at North-South Lake this week. 'Love the sketch -- 'can see the scenery, colors, soft light all instantly -- transports me immediatly!