welcome summer 6.21.21 …

Summer arrived with a vengeance ! Temps are in the 90s – even in Washington state! Yesterday, Norman’s son was visiting and as they are wont to do: solved all the world’s problems – I wish – in between watching baseball games and other TV events.

I took my sister to Laurel and decided, since I was near, to make a quick run to Savage Mill. I needed help with a couple fountain pens that were not writing ( probably becuz the ink had dried, duh!). It was very quiet, i.e, I didn’t hear any cicadas; perhaps their time is over – or at least winding down. I was delighted to see my friend Patti, owner of The Queen’s Ink; I’ve know her easily 10 years and last saw her Dec, 2019. She looked great; her hair was especially delightful – you know color – my 2021 word. And the t-shirt she was wearing was stamped with outlines of cicadas – her cicada had a crown! If you look closely, you can see the tips of the crown on her shirt …

In addition to ink, I bought a couple 3.75 x 5.25 sketch book journals – the paper is ideal for drawing, sketching & journaling with pencil, ink, crayon, markers, pastels, etc – and the eight signatures are sewn! I also bought a 3″ x 5″ GELLI printing plate. Playing with it, the sketch journals and my fountain pens is going to be sooo much fun!

I am eager to resume my WANDER journaling/sketching dates to the National Museum of Art’s Sculpture Gardens. When I do, guess what’s coming along with me?

Trust it’s cooler in your part of the country .

Cheers~

11 thoughts on “welcome summer 6.21.21 …

  1. Patti’s place has a delightful name and it sounds like a wonderful store! I’m glad you found some new things to play with!

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  2. Oh I hope you’ll take me to visit Patti and her store on my next visit! Definitely not cooler here…and it feels like i could swim through the air. I’m staying inside! 😉

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  3. Sounds like another place I need to visit should I get back to Washington, DC. I used to have a Gelli plate (or do I still have it ?) I don’t remember having much luck with it. I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you create.

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  4. Patti is rocking that hair! I am looking forward to seeing what you do with your new toys/tools, and I certainly hope you take some photos when you visit the sculpture gardens so we can come along with you!

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  5. Our weather can’t make up it’s mind. It’s either 94 degrees with 80+% humidity or it’s 60 degrees and pouring down rain. This has not at all been a normal summer weather-wise.
    Have fun with your inks and such. Can’t wait to see what you create!

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  6. Certainly is cooler here, that’s a given! Hoping you manage to enjoy the heat as much as is possible – in the northern hemisphere, we’re all on the slide to winter now :). Ah, gelli plates … I did a great class with Carla Sonheim on using one. I found some of my own playing-around-with-it the other day and wondered how on earth I’d got the effects I did. Hoping you really enjoy it. Sounds as if you’re all geared up to be super creative …

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  7. oh my that looks like fun! I can almost feel my creative energies flowing just from reading about yours (thank you!)
    I do hope the cicadas are nearly done … heat by itself is hard enough. (happy June!)

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  8. I’ll have to put this place on my to visit list when our son moves back to the DC area. Love this kind of store.

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  9. New pens and a journal/sketching book sound like great purchases. I hope you can resume your walks soon with those new writing and drawing supplies tucked into your pocket.

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