My debut as an Interpreter at Fort Nisqually is tomorrow. The event will be Queen Victoria’s Birthday. I’ll be interpreting the sort of documentary sketching done by travelers and explorers in the mid-19th century. I’m basing my interpretation on Frances Anne Hopkins. She was a painter who traveled with her husband to North American. He was an officer of the Hudson’s Bay Company. She documented what she saw on her travels in sketch books and then did large oil paintings once home. The Fort’s shop has prints of some of these painting.
I’ve long since gathered my period kit but today I tested the media. I learned some things.
The water color palette is a hand made tin one, similar to those of the period. Sitting on it is a glass ink well.
Lesson #1: though this is the same ink I use every day, drawing with it using a dip pen seems to require a longer drying time. It might also be the paper. In any case, I need to be careful about smudges and allow for more time to dry. All the more opportunity to take breaks and talk to the public!
Lesson #2: Cork up the ink before starting to paint using the glass water bottle, below on the right. I mistakenly dipped my brush in the ink!
I hope to have someone use my camera for photos so I’ll have more to share on Sunday!