Snow Pile Revisited

May 16, 2011

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Look familiar? The other day I was walking down Grand Avenue on an errand and this crumpled (and very rusty) bicycle caught my eye.

This is the bicycle that was buried in the snow pile I wrote about over on Urban Sketchers—Twin Cities.

That was the snow pile that spawned the idea for my "Snow PIles" Journal Zine, for the MCBA Visual Journal Collective Journal Zine Swap.

It's amazing what a few weeks of warm temperatures can do, even with all the snow we had. I was with a friend, on our way to dinner, so I couldn't stop and sketch, but I had to share the "skeleton" of that snow pile with you.

    • Wendi
    • May 16, 2011

    ROZ!!! HI!!! I’m having a bit of a dilemma, and was hoping you migt be able to shed some light. I have the Pentel Pocket Brush, a Strathmore Visual Journal (90# Watercolor, some Strathmore AquariusII Watercolor paper, and a Niji Waterbrush. I was using my PPBP to do some tests LATE last night, and found that the PPBP ink BLEEDS A LOT on these papers. I made some marks, then about 5 seconds (if that) later I went over it with my waterbrush and the ink seemed very soluble. Then I tried again, this time I waited about 5 minutes+. The PPBP ink STILL ran and slid and bled all over (not THROUGH the paper to the back side, just on top). Is it the sizing in these two papers? Is it me? Maybe I misunderstood that the PPBP was waterproof. Am I just crazy? Thanks for your advice!! :o) Wendi

  1. Reply

    Wendi you need to realize that waterproof is a sliding scale of sorts depending on the paper, the sizing in the paper, the ink, the user and user’s environment. (For instance as far as user goes I can work so quickly from pen into wash that the pen doesn’t have a chance to settle, whereas another artist might not get to the wash phase until much later.)

    And for future you also need to know that papers change (manufacturers change how they make them) over time, so you’ll always have to be testing to some extent.

    But for today you need to know: YES the PPBP is waterproof. I use it all the time, every day, and it is almost immediately waterproof on most of the papers I work on.

    You need also to read my blog post about this issue:

    I’ve found the PPBP works great, and is waterproof, on the Mixed Media, both Bristols, and the Drawing (which has amazing wash capacity considering it’s a drawing sheet—see my internal workshop blog for my post on that Drawing paper).

    Hope that helps.

    Oh, and while I’m fast, I’m not putting the pen down and adding washes 5 seconds later. Maybe 30 to 60 seconds by the time I pull out my paints and get going.

    Finally. Make sure you have the PPBP and not Pentel’s Color Brush Pen. You can see photos of both in this post:

    If you have the pen that is topmost right in this image than you have the Pentel Color Brush (yours will have a black cap because it has black ink) and it will not only always be watersoluble, it is also not lightfast! Use it for fun, but realize it is what it is.

    If you have the lower pen that looks like a fountain pen then you have the right pen and you’re dealing with other issues as outlined in the recommended post.

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