Happy First Day of Spring!

Materials: gouache (from Michael's) with my Zebra G nib.

Materials: gouache (from Michael's) with my Zebra G nib.

The weather has been SO COLD in Boston these past few months so you can imagine my excitement that Spring has finally arrived!  Although it doesn't feel like it today, I know the weather is going to start warming up and Summer will be right around the corner!  Oh happy day!  

In the spirit of Springtime, I wanted to use a colorful ink to letter today's quote.  I decided to use gouache which is a paint-like substance that comes in little tubes.  You basically squeeze out a TINY amount and add a little water to get it to the right consistency.  The rule of thumb is to get a consistency similar to whole milk.  It took me a little while to get the "ink" flowing but once it did, I had no trouble at all!  I actually (dare I admit?!) prefer it to the sumi ink that I've been using since it sticks a little better, giving me better control of my letter strokes and the few daring flourishes I tried to make.  I also used my new Zebra G nib which I LOVE.  I've been using the Nikko G nib so this was a nice change.  

Posted on March 20, 2014 .