Test Drawings for Platinum Carbon Ink

I got my first waterproof black ink last week. The waterproof Noodlers inks are always out of stock, so I bought a bottle of Platinum Carbon Ink off a friend’s collection. I made a few test drawings on my journal to see how well they hold up with watercolors. Needless to say, I am so happy with the results.



I love that the ink stays vibrant on the page even after drying up. Some inks become flat when dry, but this one stays shiny. It looks almost like it’s still wet on the page. It’s really saturated, so it’s best not to leave it in a pen that’s going to sit unused for too long. Smells a bit like Noodlers inks, too. The flow is pretty wet, I am very happy with it. It doesn’t seem to take longer to dry compared with most of my wet-flowing inks.

If you’re looking for thick, super-black ink that shows no shading and stays vibrant after drying, I would highly recommend this.


Food for the Soul


These past few days have been a flurry of food painting in my journal. Not because all I do is eat, haha, but because I’m fascinated with the colors, textures, and the suggestion of taste of food illustrations. There’s a lot of color and details involved, which means there’s a lot of layering needed. It’s not easy on Tomoe River paper because it’s so smooth. It’s much easier on Khadi paper because of all that interesting texture.


It’s been an adventure for me so far. Food illustrations have always been out of my comfort zone, but I guess the more you try it, the closer it inches towards that zone. I think that it’s important to accept your mistakes as part of the process too, to grow and learn what looks good to you at the same time to constantly educate your eyes. I guess it’s important that we be forgiving of our pace, because we all start somewhere.


It’s so interesting to discover how to denote proportions and even how to show viscosity. It’s really been quite a fun journey so far. 🙂 I must say that these Escoda Reserva brushes are so wonderful. They hold lots of water, is easy to control even in really small paintings like this one below. It’s a bit hard to illustrate texture and small details in a constrained space, but it’s a lot more fun if you have brushes that hold water and can also hold a point for painting the details. That’s really a lot of fun to do.


Also, that’s a homage to the three cheese grilled cheese sandwich at L’usine. The grilled cheese sandwich equivalent of a soulmate. 🙂 Yum. Hope y’all have a good week! I’m off to a good start. 🙂

DotDotDot–Discovering Stippling

It’s my first time to try the stippling technique, although I’ve always been fascinated by it. I was so completely intimidated by it that it took me this long to try it out. I’m glad I did, though. It only goes to show that you really will never know if you are going to enjoy something unless you try it. Of course my first attempt was a fish. I love drawing fish. It’s one of the most relaxing things to do, for me at least. For a first attempt, I’m pretty happy with it, and I’m surprised that I am able to draw different shade better with this technique. I don’t know how else to explain it but that it feels comfortable for me.


I used the sketchbook insert from Midori for these drawings. I like the texture and the thickness of the pages. For once, I’m not worried about wrinkling the paper when I erase the pencil drawing.

IMG_3607Here is a closer look at how the dots were drawn for the koi’s eye. I’m fascinated by how grouping more dots together makes for a darker shade, and scattering them makes lighter shades. It’s a little painful on the hand, but it’s alright. I guess it’s also good that it forces me to slow down and think about what I’m drawing. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s very relaxing. I did a few more after this one.


A dragonfly.


A very chubby, fluffy sparrow (need to work on my proportions, lol)

My second favorite so far (after the koi fish, of course), is this drawing of a Philippine Eagle which I did today, during my break time.

There’s a lot of textures in the beak, so I spent a lot of time on that. I dunno why but it’s so therapeutic just poke-poke-poking on the paper with a pen. Haha. Here’s a photo of the eagle before it was finished.


Here it is towards the end of my lunch break. I added a few more details on the wings after I took this photo, but I didn’t change it much. I kinda like it the way it is already. 🙂


Of course, a Superman drawing for my husband. 🙂


Stippling is lotsa fun! I wish I tried it sooner. 🙂

Bumble Bee


I wrote a few days ago about Curnow A5 Tomoe River journal. I discovered that it really does hold up pretty well even if I use some water on it. Fountain pen ink is pretty amazing when you add a little bit of water to it. The color spreads out and dries beautifully. I like that the paper makes for very interesting textures when you add a touch of water to pen and ink drawings. The thinness of the paper adds a very interesting appeal to the overall finished drawing. It’s also great that the colors of the ink stay vibrant after drying.

Here’s a closer look at the bee before it was finished.


This journal is available from PenGrafik.com, supplies are limited. This paper is a lot of fun if you like to draw, especially with fountain pens and inks. How surprising that a paper this thin and delicate-looking can be so hardy.

A Dragonfly and a Poem


I heard that Tomoe River paper can hold up well with watercolor so I thought I’d go ahead and test that tonight. I’m still getting the hang of it but it does look like it’ll hold reasonably well with watercolor and water brushes. Pretty amazing for a 52 gsm paper.

A Birdie!


Birdie – Pilot Birdie (F) and De Atramentis Van Dyck Brown

I wrote in my last doodle entry that I wasn’t able to finish my last sketch because I dropped my Pilot Birdie nib-first and broke it. Thank God for nice people, one of the members of FPN-P agreed to give me one of hers and I can give her a few ink samples in exchange.

Today we met up, despite the rainy weather, and had a great mini pen meet. I enjoyed looking at her sketches too, what an awesome artist she is.

When I got home, I thought it only appropriate for my new Pilot Birdie’s first drawing to be…a birdie. Because one birdie in the hand is better than two on the floor. Harhar.

The ink I used on this is De Atramentis Van Dyck Brown from Elias Notebooks. I like the color of this ink for sketching. In person, it has a bit of a slight reddish tint to it. Fun fact, the color Van Dyck was derived from the style of a Flemish painter of the same name who used a pigment that’s earthy brown in color.

Unfinished: 2063 E. Pascua St.


It’s been a while since I last tried to finish a drawing. This one is unfinished and will remain unfinished because *sob* I dropped my favorite drawing pen and bent the nib’s tines before I could even finish this.

This is a drawing of the street where we grew up. The house on the foreground was where we lived for several years. It’s a pretty colorful community. The house was already run down when we were living there, and it looked different the last time we passed by it (last week), but it’s still hanging in there. Times were tough while we were growing up, we had very humble beginnings. My parents and brothers were the best, though. That’s the best part of my childhood memories. Hay, 2063 E. Pascua. I’ll always remember you and the lessons I learned there.

Also, RIP my little Pilot Birdie. Thanks for the memories. 😦

Doodlebox: Green Sea Turtle


Pilot Birdie (F) with Diamine Ochre

A green sea turtle I drew last night before going to bed.

I must say, this Pilot Birdie is really good for drawing little details. It was a gift from my husband last year but I didn’t use it because it’s a Japanese fine, so it’s like xf, almost like a needlepoint for me. I only use medium points or european fine nibs. Turns out it’ll be perfect for doodling and drawing, who knew? 🙂

Doodlebox: Koi


I’ve always enjoyed pen and ink drawings. Though I don’t consider myself very good at it, I still enjoy expressing myself through the occasional doodle when I’m not busy. This one is a pen & ink and watercolor drawing I made in February of this year. I made this for my college friend’s birthday card. I used a .02 Artline pen for this one.