Sunday, 8 October 2017

Inktober 2017 - Week One

I'm taking part in the Inktober challenge this year, for the first time. It's been around for a few years, and I've wanted to do it before, but something's always come in between. Usually holidays. Which, of course, is a nice thing, like last year, when I spent the first week of October in art retreat in Scotland (I can't believe that that was already a year ago!), and the second relaxing in lovely Dorset. But this year, there's nothing on in October, my holiday is already over, and it's high time to get back into a regular drawing habit.

I decided to start a new sketchbook for the challenge. I went through my (far too big) stack of new sketchbooks and found a Strathmore one, about A5 size, with thick mixed media paper that should take bottled ink and ink washes, and with enough pages for 31 double spread, should I decided to do that. To prepare for the challenge, I did a warm up page on the last day of September.

Front/Warm up page: Pens

Day 1: Pens

Day 2: Dip pens, brush, inks

Day 3: Pen

Day 4: Brushpens

Day 5: Dip pen and ink

Day 6: Dip pen and ink

Day 7: Dip pen, ink, pen

Some thoughts on the first week:

  • It's good to try out something completely different
  • Sometimes it takes a LOT longer than you thought it might, and it's perfectly okay if you don't finish it in time
  • Some inks just don't work very well on (certain) paper. It's worth taking a bit of time to try out what works and what doesn't
  • Bottled fountain pen inks make lovely washes
  • Even if it looks like rubbish at one stage, don't give up but keep working until it starts coming together. It usually does
  • Some days, it just doesn't work, and that's fine. Just splash some ink on a page play around instead
  • Dip pens are great to draw with, it's fun trying out the different nibs and inks
  •  Finishing a drawing, then scanning and posting it every day is had work, and sometimes it might just be too much
  • My scanner is driving me mad, it tries to scan individual images instead of just the entire page, and I don't know how to change that
  • The most important thing is to draw, and to have fun


  1. So impressive these are gorgeous inktobers!

    Peace Giggles

  2. Love those mushrooms with the splatter, and the fish are delightful.

  3. wow-these are all brilliant- but the mushrooms is my fave! Happy PPF!

  4. Your ink drawings are stunning! I am inspired by your various styles that you use!
    ~~ Irene

  5. Some nice ones. Happy PPF


  6. wow, great work! I really like all the different drawings. The feather is amazing. About the scanner: there's an option you can click where the scanner searches for individual images on 1 page, but you can unclick that. At least with mine. I guess yours has an option like that too ...

  7. All of these are wonderful. That feather is AMAZING!!!

  8. WOW! I am flashed! Have a wonderful creative Sunday and happy PPF - Irma

  9. They are looking great! Happy PPF!

  10. Day 1, 2, 3 and 6 are my favourites so is your warm up page! :)