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It's Inktober! Days 1 - 3

It's Inktober! Days 1 - 3

3 October 2018


Admittedly I haven’t been very good at keeping up with daily drawing challenges … real life always seems to intrude and I give up on them! Doesn’t stop me from trying though … so I decided to join the Inktober challenge this year and dig out my nib pen and the WInsor & Newton inks that I’ve had buried in a drawer for ages!


I’m not going to berate myself if I miss a day or two here and there but will keep at it for as long as I can. I started off following the prompts by @inktober on Instagram, so Day 1 was ‘Poisonous’ and day 2 was ‘Tranquil’ with sketches of mushrooms and a hibernating bear respectively. I did quite like the bear in black and white so took photos of that in case I screwed it up when adding colour:



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I now quite like both, what do you think? Then I bumped into the Inktober Daily Challenge with Lisa Congdon over at Creative Bug, and will probably use either one for prompts depending on my mood that particular morning …


So today I followed along with the class and her prompt, ‘stones’. Painting with inks is slightly different from watercolour so it’s taking me a bit of getting used to them. The colours are far more vibrant so my style has altered sllightly to accomodate that, but hopefully I’ll settle in to something more familiar and comfortable by the end of the month. New learning experiences are always welcome! I’ll keep posting these every few days but am posting daily progress over at my @floatinglemonsart on instagram if you’d like to follow along. Let me know if you’re participating in Inktober as well and I’d love to follow you too! Cheers.


  • Winsor & Newton Drawing Ink Henry Collection (Pack of 8): UK and USA

  • Pink Pig 8x8 Watercolour Book - Ebony: UK

  • SCHMINCKE AKADEMIE® Aquarell watercolours: UK and USA

  • Escoda Joseph Zbukvic Mod. 8605 brushes: UK and USA

  • Curtisward Wood Dip Pen Holder With Bronze Leonardt Nib: UK 

  • Winsor & Newton Drawing Ink Bottle, 30 ml - Liquid Indian: UK and USA