What do you know? A Memorial Week theme.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.

Pen: Scriptoriumm Literati Desk Pen with Esterbrook 2048 nib
Ink: Noodler’s Antietam
Paper: Rhodia Uni

Tried to start off strong with the thought for Memorial Day. I thought the curvy baselines would be reminiscent of a flag. I used a pencil and a spline to draw the baselines. Even though I let the ink dry quite awhile, it still smeared some when I erased it. The 2048 nib has some flex. I used it some but not too dramatically.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Pen: Lamy AL Star B nib
Ink: Mont Blanc Lavender
Paper: Tomoe River Paper

More smearing, inconsistent sizing and spacing on the block letters. The ink is nice. I filled this pen Saturday evening at the Atlanta Pen Show. I am not sure whose ink it was but I am grateful to try it.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

We don’t know then all, but we owe them all.

Pen: TWSBI 580 XF nib
Ink: Tekker Steel Blue
Paper: Nock Co A5 DotDash

I was going for centered lines but they are closer to right aligned. Still it looked decent overall. The Tekker ink was the one you could order a hex color and they mixed it for you. I named mine Steel Blue. I am not sure what hex code I sent them, but it is a nice ink. It dries very flat which works well in this color.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

I did not have time for a thought, pen, ink and paper for the day. Largely because I was working in the yard. One project was this planting in front of our creek bed.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Only the dead have seen the end of war. - Plato

Pen: Franklin-Christoph Intrinsic 02 XF nib
Ink: Platinum Carbon Black
Paper: Quattro Artist Blank

This design was laid out on the computer and printed. Then I put it on my light table and trace it. Well sometimes it is more of a guide. The bone font was interesting but the feathering kept it from coming out as well as I hoped. I have had better luck with the Quattro paper in the past. This combination just didn’t work out.