It has been since mid-August 2015 since I last interpreted at Fort Nisqually! Hard to believe it’s been that long but they were closed for construction work the early part of the year and then I took a leave of absence for Himself’s surgery. I was finally back to interpret my watercolor sketching of the 19th century today.
I’m not sure I like these enough to think them worthy of selling in the Fort’s shop. I did have one young visitor interested and she painted along with me! She was very conscientious so I let her use my brush and watercolor. Perhaps next time I’ll bring some student grade brushes and watercolors.
Leeks in the Fort’s garden. These blossoms were as big as a large apple.
These hollyhocks must have been 8 feet tall!
I also learned something new!
I’d forgotten to check my ink supply and it had dried up in the meantime. Today’s sketches were done with just pencil and watercolor. I thought about replenishing from the Fort’s supply of India ink but decided against it.
When I asked Nancy, one of the staff interpreters, about the ink, we got to talking about ink and pens and writing. She suggested I needed a Pen Wipe. I have never heard of such a thing. This was made by a member of the Fort’s sewing guild. The outer cover is silk covering cardboard and the inner, black fabric, is wool. It is for wiping off a pen nib as cleaning with water could lead to rust.
Once I got home I had to look up pen wipes. “The wipe was made of a “sandwich” of fabric stitched together so the point [of the nib] could be wiped quickly on both sides. …Many pen wipes are hand-stitched layers of cloth cut into a circle. The creative housewife added a top piece that was often a stitched fabric animal or bird.”
Made by the author of this post: http://circa.evaulz.com/correspondence/pen-wiper/
A description of how to make one