Tuesday, February 4, 2020

This and That

Happy February dear friends. I hope you are all getting through the winter season and setting your sights toward spring. Here in Ontario, I can see my lawn and there are actually chipmunks outside getting some exercise. Surely usual  for February  but I am not complaining.
The opening photo of this blog post is a demo piece that I created for one of my private students. My online private tutorials are where I have been spending lots of time these days. I am working with a few students in a longer term mentoring program and I will talk a bit more about that in the future.

Today I wanted to share a few things on my desk that are making me really happy. Cornellissen's Walnut ink is my current favourite practice ink. It is not listed on their website yet as it is a fairly new product for them but this is beyond doubt the finest walnut ink for pointed pen work I have ever found. The hairlines and shades are pristine and it makes practicing much less harsh on our precious vintage nibs. Give it a try! You can send them an email and they will provide details.
The other two recommendations I want to share are the Faber Castell Dust Free eraser and the Taper Point Colour Shaper. The eraser is definitely not dust free. But as a white vinyl eraser, it does a better job than any others in my tool box. Even problematic papers for erasing are no problem at all with this eraser. I highly recommend trying it. The colour shaper is my new favourite tool for applying gilding size. Because there are no brush bristles to worry about, the gilding size is applied perfectly every time, I bought the smallest size I could find and can even apply small dots with the tip of the point. Another wonderful tool to add to your toolbox.
Have a wonderful month! Play with the pen, flourish a bit or a lot and enjoy the journey!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Sweet Hope for 2020

It's always exciting to turn a fresh page and begin a new year. The words that kept circulating in my mind on December 31st were Sweet Hope. I filled the flouirsh with all of my best wishes for the upcoming year. I hope there is is joy, health, happiness, love and hope in the coming days. Thank you for all of the messages that you have sent through email as you connect with me. I am glad that the blog gets read and that you find encouragement and inspiration from the posts.
This year expect lots of flourishing posts as well as some insights from beloved books on my shelf. I will keep the blog updated with workshop posts and projects I am working on. Here is a sneak peek of my Alphabet Garden workshop handouts so far. So many pages of artwork to create and I love the research part of every workshop. 

I hope to keep the content of The Alphabet Garden very lighthearted and whimsical. Buidling on concepts for the class I tried a more gothic style of initial. 
Finally,  I want to show you the first page of my agenda for the year.

 For the past several years, I have repeatedly bought the same style of daily planner. A large Moleskine week at a glance planner. The Plaisir fountain pen came to me in 2015 from a dear friend and it has been a daily staple in my planner. For some reason, I feel happier with the notes and tasks written in a bright cheery pink. Tasks seem less daunting somehow.  I hope as you begin this new year, you find some little treasure to spoil yourself with that brings you joy as you face the upcoming agenda! I am only an email away if you need to chat or just want to send a note. Happy January 1st. May you flourish this year! heather@heathervictoriaheld.com