Thursday, April 23, 2009

An Exciting New Artist


Well at least she’s new to me. Geninne over at Geninne’s Art Blog is the creator of this lovely image, Edmund, king of the blooming magnolia tree.

I went nuts (OK, more nuts) when I saw it. And then I had to investigate. It turns out that she is very open about her tools and when I saw that white line detail I really had to know what she used to get it. FW White Acrylic Ink. Who knew?


Is this gorgeous or what? OK I am tingling with excitement and have to get my hands on some of that white acrylic ink. So while I was in town a few days ago I went to Hobby Lobby and pooh, none was available. They carry the brand and everything but the white ink was not in stock. Then yesterday I had to be in town again (knee doc…arthroscopic surgery for me on May 6) and checked out the other Hobby Lobby and no white ink again. Darn. But I bought the dip pen and some white paint thinking I could maybe make that work. Not. At. All.

Frustrated, my memory suddenly came up with a vision of the drawer full of inks I bought like several (who’s counting) years ago, and never ever used. Duh.


Whaddya know. White ink! Waterproof too, which means it must be acrylic like the other brand.

I had to try it out right away. It works!

image So why is this so exciting to me? When I paint graphically like the piece below, I wanted to add details and patterning, and used paint pens and gel pens, but they are either too fat or too faint, or just not visible enough. It never occurred to me to use dip pens and inks. Duh again. (There is a lot of duh-ing going on in my mind today.) Dipping pens and the new inks are so much better than they were last century when I was a school girl. All of that scribbling above was done with one single dip…it lasts longer than I thought. And no blobbing or skipping either. Amazing.

So next time I have a rain delay and can’t be working in the garden I am getting out my paints, pen and inks and I am going to draw like the wonderful Geninne!


  1. The illustrations and photos on your blog are OUTSTANDING, Melody. Thanks again for being so generous and creative for the rest of us.

  2. Liz in IN7:03 AM

    Thanks so much for sharing this artist with us, Melody. Exactly the kick in the pants I needed. I'm tingling, too!

  3. Anonymous8:13 AM

    Thanks for the tips. I' will check her page out. I've been having problems with painting fine lines and have been trying to figure out a work around. Thank you!

  4. I found Gennine's blog about 6 months ago. I can't wait to see what she does next. Absolutely fabulous work and you are right, she is most generous with tips and technique. I loved what I saw so much that half the afternoon went by while I visited her archives. Bonus points since it all happens in Mexico!!

  5. Oh! Can't wait to see where this takes you! :)

  6. Oh drat! I forgot to tell you that Timothy Botts uses white gouache paint, watered down, and loaded into his nib with a paintbrush.
    But knowing that didn't stop me from buying white ink, either....

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  8. WOW! Love her work....and yours, of course! The nest time I'm at Pat Catan's (same as Hobby Lobby) I'm going to look for this ink to add extra detail to my paintings. Do you suppose it would look just as good with watercolour??

  9. Yep - I found her a couple of months ago - she's great! I love her birds!!!!

  10. OOOPS...silly me! Just visited her web and I didn't realize her drawings WERE watercolour! DUH!! I guess that answers my question.

  11. Anonymous10:30 AM

    Me too, I know about Geninne and think she is Awesome. Her work is unique and just lovely, a treasure to view.
    I am interested to see how the white ink technique will affect your drawings...keep us posted !
    Linda M in BC

  12. I wonder if that ink would work on fabric??? Looks like you will be having some good times with this technique... so I'm actually hoping for rain so you can have a go with this new "toy." Look forward to seeing the results:)

  13. My daughter sent me to Geninne's blog some time back and I just love her work. It's a bit less delicate but try White Out pens for drawing - I use them on dark paper or as resist for water medium. Also Sharpie has a white pen that works that way too. Love your garden. I hope to get some planting done this weekend.

  14. Geninne is also the reason why I have a dip pen and a couple of bottles of ink. Love her work.

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