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Recently I have been getting more into fountain pens and inks.  So I was excited to try and participate in this year’s Inktober challenge.

Originally I thought I would just practice my penmanship and use a different ink color every day of the month. But then I read the actual initiative and realized I was supposed to DRAW in ink each day. My drawing skills … well…. erm… leave a bit to be desired.  But in for a penny, in for a pound. Away we go.

The first week looks like this:

#inktober Playing with flourishes. #flourish #thoreau #organicsstudio #waldenpond

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I realized yesterday that the point of #inktober is to draw. So I drew. #ivy

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#inktober2017 Getting a bit more adventurous. #pensandink #ajisai

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It would have been a better idea if the ink were lavender. #inktober #lavenderblack #pensandink

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#inktober Lucky (#7) Orange

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So far my favorite is either the Ajisai (Hydrangea) or the Vert Olive (Olive Green).

If you’re interested in seeing what other pen and ink people are up to, check out the #inktober tag on Instagram!


Spinspiration: Wonder Woman

Spinspiration: Wonder Woman/You're a Wonder

The Fiber: Southern Cross Fibre, 50% South African Superfine Merino/50% Mulberry Stripe

The Art: Skills by Karl James Mountford

The Mug: Cubist Wonder, Society 6

The Yarn: You’re a Wonder

Artea: A teacup, step by step.

Many thanks to Ana over at the Well Appointed Desk for forwarding me this beautiful tutorial on illustrating teacups by Liz Steel.

Artea: The Taxonomical Tea Box

This beautiful art was sent to me by my friend Bob from Skylab Letterpress.

You can purchase your own copy at Pop Chart Lab for $18 and up.

Craftea: Illustrated Teapot Envelope Art Tutorial

Today’s tutorial was sent to me by Ana because it intersects our loves – hers of mailing letters and mine of tea. (She’s also a tea lover and my partner in tea tasting crime.)

The Illustrated Teapot Envelope Art Tutorial can be found over at The Postman’s Knock. I’ve selected just a few photos of the steps – go and check out the full tutorial if you wish to re-create this beautiful envelope.

Art-tea: Rebecca Jones

I was browsing Pinterest looking for tea and knitting and I came across the tea art of Rebecca Jones. What’s not to love?

Craftea: Tea Bag Artist Ruby Silvious

This weekend a friend sent me a link to Ruby Silvious, an artist who is doing a project called 363 Days of Tea.  Each day Ms. Silvious does an illustration on a used teabag.

Tea bag art, Ruby Silvious

You can follow the project at Ms. Silvious’ Instagram account.

Arttea: Illustrations and Lilla Rogers.

Lilla Rogers is an illustrator and head of an agency that represents other illustrators and artists. Each year she hosts a Global Talent Search which is a contest, the winner of which receives representation by the agency.

A few weeks ago Ana turned me on to some of the tea themed entries in the competition over the years.

Fancy a Brew, Lilla Rodgers Competition Entry                   Artist: Loren Grosvenor

Teacup, Artist: Rebecca Jones

Bird Canisters, Artist: Flora Waycott

Welcome Home, Artist: Rebecca Jones

Tea & Normality

A Cup of Tea, M. Aller on Pinterest

What time is it?

Tea Art Print Retro Clock Teatime o’clock, Stig by myretronest, $24.00

Portal de arte Sanato

Vintage Teapot Clock from Etsy

Keep Calm It’s TEA TIME SOMEWHERE Print 11×14, PosterPop, $14.95

It’s Tea Time, Urban Outfitters, $10