The Firebird

#DoodlewashOctober2021: Fire. #Inktober2021 prompt: Spark. !Did you know that shortly after the telegraph was established in the 1850’s, the term ‘grapevine Did you know that in Slavic folklore, the firebird’s feather is often found, leading to a difficult journey usually to capture the bird? After many trials and tribulations, the seeker finds happiness. It gotContinue reading “The Firebird”

Gaut’s Interlace

#DoodlewashOctober2021: Chain. #Inktober2021 prompt: Connect. Did you know that Gaut (around 900AD) was a Norse sculptor, known for crosses on the Isle of Man (aka Mann)? The design I’ve used here was based on a ring-motif he often used, now called Gaut’s Interlace. A few years back, I created a step-out for the pattern. AnotherContinue reading “Gaut’s Interlace”


#DoodlewashOctober2021: Fall. #Inktober2021 prompt: Splat. Did you know that the word pratfall now refers to any kind of humiliating blunder, but originally meant you fell on your butt? A planned pratfall was a consider high comedy in 1930’s vaudeville and burlesque. A quick drawing I did while flying home last week. Hahnemühle Nostalgie Postcard ZebraContinue reading “Pratfall”

Making No Bones About It

#DoodlewashOctober2021: Bones. #Inktober2021 prompt: Extinct. I stink – close enough for me! Did you know the saying ‘make no bones about it’ comes from 15th century England, meaning something is stated simply so there is no mistake about it? It references the fact that if there are no bones in your soup, it is easyContinue reading “Making No Bones About It”

The Grapevine

#DoodlewashOctober2021: Grapevine. #Inktober2021 prompt: Leak. Did you know that shortly after the telegraph was established in the 1850’s, the term ‘grapevine telegraph’ became popular. The wires of a telegraph resembled the coiled tendrils of a grapevine and often the wires were hung from trees. Paper: Hahnemühle Nostalgie Postcard Pen-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Paint-ZenArt Allegro WatercolorContinue reading “The Grapevine”

Open Door

#DoodlewashOctober2021: Door. #Inktober2021 prompt: Open. I started out to do something totally abstract and suddenly decided I wanted to do a roundish door such as you would find on a hobbit house. Nothing so grand as Bilbo Baggin’s house, but I think it looks comfy enough! Hahnemühle Nostalgie Postcard Zebra Technical pen & Zebra SarasaContinue reading “Open Door”

Stuffed Animals on the Shelf

#DoodlewashOctober2021: Stuffed Animal. #Inktober2021 prompt: Fuzzy. Did you know the first stuffed animal was a pincushion elephant, created by Margarete Stieff? Paper: Hahnemühle Cappuccino Book Zebra Technical Pen ZenArt Watercolor Set October Doodlewash Prompts Inktober 2021 prompts Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here.Continue reading “Stuffed Animals on the Shelf”

Sansevieria Plant

#DoodlewashOctober2021: Plant. #Inktober2021 prompt: Sprout. Did you know that NASA did a study in 1989 to find ways to detoxify space stations? The sansevieria (aka snake plant) was one the plants identified as a possibility. However, the study did not go on to determine how many plants were necessary for detoxification. Paper: Hahnemühle Nostalgie PostcardContinue reading “Sansevieria Plant”

Ringtail Cat

#DoodlewashOctober2021: Ring. #Inktober2021 prompt: Loop. Did you know the Ringtail Cat can rotate their hind feet 180 degrees? Despite their name, they are members of the Raccoon family. Paper: Hahnemühle Bamboo Mixed Media Paper Pen-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Paint-ZenArt Allegro Watercolor October Doodlewash Prompts Inktober 2021 prompts Tools: To find a list of dealers, whoContinue reading “Ringtail Cat”

Petunia Night Sky

#DoodlewashOctober2021: Night. #Inktober2021 prompt: Moon. Did you know the petals of the Galaxy Flower (botanical name: Petunia Night Sky) can be entirely white in cold temperatures, and entirely purple where it is hot? In the right temperatures, they’ll be purple with white splotches that make them look like they’re displaying the galaxy. Paper: Hahnemühle BambooContinue reading “Petunia Night Sky”