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Old 09-06-2017, 08:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Virage Fountain Pen Quartet; marbled on black ground

A dear friend (and retired police detective) with a Sherlock Holmes-like taste for mystery and stunning problem-solving skills requested a quartet of fountain pens - welcome chance to marble from dark-to-light - (chiaroscuro technique, way short of Rembrandt, but fun nonetheless):

I like the Daniel Smith Mars Black watercolor ground - nice and thirsty for color - 2 coats on acetone-cleaned brass tubes, dried x 48 hours between coats, then alum'ed before each of the two marblings.

This was also a chance to test the pigment saturation/covering capacity of Golden High Flow acrylics with or without a little mica mixed in - and please see my recent posts detailing marbling techniques:

Marbled once, and then again.

First cast member inviting the others onto the stage.

Companionable quartet.



The colors cover well.

He's happy.

Warm regards - and Happy Wednesday - Bob

(next little effort will be marbling on Daniel Smith Transparent Ground)

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Old 09-06-2017, 09:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Beautiful set Bob! (As usual).

Just finished reading the original "Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde." Actually a very short book. Very dark. But I digress from another detective story... A Quartet of Fountain Pens.

I love the Virage set; and with no complaint with your usual wonderful Modified Slimlines, I am happy to see your artistry on other kits (mediums...). Your blanks deserve another palate... Jt Gent series as a thought. The Virage is well suited.

The Marbling spectrum went well! I love the finished blanks/pens.

Your artistry is sought after, please continue.

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Awesome, awesome, awesome. Oh, and awesome!

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Impressive once again, Bob. You give us pens to remember and aspire to.

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Once again you haven't failed to impress. Being a lover of fountain pens myself, I think it's great seeing your work on these kits.
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Beautiful and uniquely wonderful.
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Oh, those are nice...
Life is too short for a boring pen...
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Old 09-10-2017, 10:58 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Sincere thanks for kind comments!

Mark - I too have enjoyed Jekyll and Hyde - and recall this line about Hyde:

"...the steps fell lightly and oddly, with a certain swing..."

No doubt referring to the swing of a lathe with its banjo, and the little skips of the skew.

Happy Sunday to all - Bob

(don't Hyde all day in your shops)
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Old 09-11-2017, 12:46 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Glorious Pens Bob,
Magnificent Cast Marbled Blanks. Such Fantastic Perception of Depth, Enhanced with the Gold Leaf Segments.
Truly Spectacular.
Excellent Profiles, Superb Turning, Fit and Finish.
Most Unique Concept and Execution.
Congratulations my Friend.
Turn that special piece of Timber you have been keeping.
Enjoy it for its true beauty.
Why leave it for others to enjoy without you?

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Old 09-11-2017, 09:55 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Heartfelt thanks, Brian!

I like the Daniel Smith watercolor grounds for marbling - each has it's own personality.

I'm working with Transparent ground this week, and will post some results in a few days.

Thanks again, Friend.

Prayers for hurricane victims - Bob

PS: I had a little sand marbling "breakthrough" yesterday - preview of coming attractions:

stay tuned...

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