Tomato Deluge

Tomatoes are the new zucchini! One neighbor dropped off a dozen; another went away and left a garden full, ripe for picking. That leaves me eating and painting and looking up new recipes.

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I did the first sketch in my Stillman & Birn journal with Zeta paper, which is a smooth, heavyweight 270 gsm paper. The recipe page is in a homemade journal with Fabriano soft press watercolor paper, which is a dream to work on. I wrote the main text in watercolor using a dip pen with a drawing nib. If you want to try it, simply load the nib using a watercolor brush. You’ll have to reload frequently, but that will give you a chance to alter the color and get varied tones in the letters.

16 Comments on “Tomato Deluge

  1. Delicious page & recipe. Definitely making a stop at our neighborhood market today to pick up some fresh tomatoes for this recipe!!! Thanks for the post.

    Carole Jurack


    • We liked this pie and you can vary it to your taste. I didn’t write a lot of instruction, particularly for the crust, but you mix it just as you would for scones. Mix the dry and cut in the butter, then add the milk. Try not to overwork it. Hope it turns out well!

  2. A famous illustrator does the multi color lettering and I always wondered how it was done. Thanks for the tip, I’m off to try it!

    • I wondered about it too, until I saw someone demonstrate it. I’d tried dipping into watercolor, but it just doesn’t work. Try different nibs. Some work better with watercolor…and keep the color/water mix fairly concentrated. Enjoy!

  3. Wow, that Fabriano takes the paint nicely!! I have been gazing at a bowl of Roma tomatoes with sketchy eyes, but really what I want to do is slow roast them with olive oil, garlic and thyme… 🙂

    • Sheryl- The Fabriano paper is fantastic. It’s 140lb and painting seems almost effortless on it. I love the way the colors merge in the paper. I’ve got to use it more often.

  4. Will definitely try that paper. For the tomato pie, i sometimes spread mustard over the crust before putting the tomatoes on. Gives it a slightly spicy taste!

    • I ordered a couple of larger sheets and cut them down. It’s in between hot and cold press…so fairly smooth, but not finicky like hot press. This was my first time making the pie and I did think it could be modified in numerous tasty ways.

  5. Beautiful,, Jean! I wish summer was as long as winter so we could have these for much more time. xx, Nancy >

    • I quite agree! I can’t keep up with all the produce, and haven’t eaten nearly enough corn! Enjoy the nice weather and hope to see you soon!

  6. Lovely pages and lettering! Can you tell me which (drawing?) nib you are using?

    • Hi Carol- I wish I could tell you exactly. It is a Speedball nib, gold, that came in a pack with the pen holder and small jars of black and gold ink. It’s a very smooth nib…great for lettering, never scratchy.

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