This poor little guy borrowed a book way ahead of his reading level. I feel pretty bad for him.

Here’s Libeary, India ink and watercolor on 9×12 watercolor paper.


The Search for Ink

Who would have guessed that it would be such a challenge to find a local store that sells fountain pen ink?

Until a few days ago, when I received my very first fountain pen, I didn’t even know that they use special ink. Fortunately, while searching for a video on how to fill my pen, I learned this fact. 

The nearest stationery store didn’t have any, Office Depot doesn’t keep it in store, and after several minutes on hold with Michael’s we decided to just head up there and check for ourselves. 

I found some sweet washi tape rolls for my card making endeavors, but the spot for the single type of fountain pen ink they carry was empty. 

At least we found it at the Hobby Lobby down the street from the first Michael’s, otherwise we’d have had to drive another ten miles to the next nearest one, which also happens to be by a Hobby Lobby. I never thought about that before. 

Anyway, we got home after stopping for frozen yogurt, and I filled my pen. It writes beautifully, thank you. Now to put some fancy inks on my Amazon wish list…

Writer’s Block

He claims to be a writer. But he hasn’t written a word in months.

His pens are dry, his blank papers scattered throughout the room.

Maybe today will be the day. Or not.

He goes back to bed, dreaming of words.


Pictures Again?

Tonight I framed.


And I painted.


And because I got distracted last week, how to do newsprint nails:

1. Paint your nails light color and let dry thoroughly.
2. Tear a piece of newspaper into slightly larger than nail-size pieces.
3. Fill a shot glass or small bowl with rubbing alcohol.
4. Dunk one finger in the alcohol for five seconds.
5. Press a piece of newspaper onto your nail with a cotton pad soaked in alcohol for 5-10 seconds.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all your nails are to your liking.
7. Finish with a clear topcoat to keep the ink from smudging.

So you don’t have the same old picture to look at, my current nails instead of newsprint: