Wishing everyone the Best of the Winter Season! technical notes: A photoshop creation from various bits and bobs of winter scenes. I have always loved the C.S. Forester Hornblower novels, particularly Flying Colours, spanning a winter spent in France.
One of the things I love to do is work in the 18th century as an 18th century artist, or ‘limner’ as they were called. And being a reenactor I have a ready cast of characters to use as models. This fellow is an American rifleman. The portrait is done in graphite (or plumbago as […]
Natural Pigments is a wonderful website that sells historic pigments and ready made colors for watercolor, oil, and tempura work. The site also has instructions on how to mull your own colors.
How to make ink. Terrific article from the Library of Congress that explains the how’s and why’s of historic inks as well as giving complete instructions from period sources so that you can make your own.
Or those who pass themselves off as same. Smoke and Fire carries Oak gall ink. Made from walnut hulls. Nice brownish black color. You can also get pens, quills, a chandlers box, and a proper 18th century journal with laid paper from them as well. Dick Blick is the Mack Daddy of modern art supplies, but […]
Graphite. Deliberately left unfinished.