I live within driving distance of a Utrecht, two Blicks, and an Artist and Craftsman Supply, but I'm happy to be out on the porch looking for the arrival of a box. We've had nice weather, too, so I recently ordered three new products from Daniel Smith, Inc.: watercolor ground, newly formulated walnut ink, and a set of Letraset Aqua ProMarkers.
|acrylic inks on gesso|
The friendly and helpful customer service person (there are many and all are nice, which is one reason I like calling) said that the markers were his "pens of choice." He also added, "I hope you won't be offended, but I take these to bars with me, and they are great with technical pens, too." I told him I thought drawing in bars sounded wonderful and was pleased to hear about the technical pen compatibility (that being my pen of choice). He also said that after painting on the watercolor ground, I would need to seal the watercolors with a spray adhesive like Krylon Crystal Clear. Since I wanted to try out my inks of choice (the acrylic ones) on the ground and knew those never need to be sealed, I did not order the (strong smelling) Crystal Clear.
|acrylic inks on watercolor ground|
Next up (whenever they get here): watercolor markers. I'll be out on the porch…