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phun with pheathers

This is mostly why I was interested in doing Inktober this year: I’ve been playing with quill pens. Like, I bought 30 goose quills for £5 on Ebay, and I started makin’ pens.

Plenty of tutorials on YouTube, if you’re interested. Basically, you slice the pretty feather parts off, cut the shaft of the feather at an angle up high where the feather is sturdier, tweeze the junk out of the middle, cut a little channel for the ink to go down, and there you go. Quill pen. This is what people wrote with for, like, hundreds of years.

Then I branched out. Rook feathers. Gull feathers. Even a few of the bigger feathers off my chooks. It doesn’t always work, but it’s great fun.

Sadly, my ambition to draw chickens in the style of da Vinci has foundered on the fact I can’t draw like da Vinci. I have phailed.


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: October 3, 2019, 8:58 pm

“Sadly, my ambition to draw chickens in the style of da Vinci has foundered on the fact I can’t draw like da Vinci. I have phailed.”

Dammit, I was hopin for some Trebuchet diagrams, or a flying machine!


Don’t you have to like, draw backwards in a mirror with your left hand to draw like da Vinci?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 3, 2019, 10:46 pm

It seems to me that the most likely reason that you can’t draw chickens in the style of Leonardo da Vinci is: you’re not Leonardo da Vinci.

Instead you’re Stoaty da Sweasel, who produces wonderful and captivating drawings in her own delightful style.

Not being Lenny da V. has its upside: Lenny’s deceased.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: October 4, 2019, 2:12 am

I’m sensing a theme. You’ve written before about how hard it is to draw hands.

Quill pens. That a worthy craft to master. And I have thrown away hundreds of wild turkey feathers. Dang.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: October 4, 2019, 3:33 am

Who knows? Maybe you’ll be famous in the 21st century. And make a descendant wealthy. You do sign all your work?

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: October 4, 2019, 8:22 pm

Of course she doesn’t sigh her work, she doesn’t have to … we’re not deaf.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: October 5, 2019, 11:46 am

Omg some veg! Well done!

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