I have been using quill pens for a long time for my drawings, and more recently for my writing and calligraphy. I consider it a useful skill for a young lady to have. :) For one thing, pen and ink drawings are unlike any other. The way their fine, poignant black lines etch an image is quite breathtaking when done with a skilled hand. I love adding watercolor to mine to give them that realistic look. If you look at my homemaking journal, you will see lots and lots of ink and watercolor drawings. They accent perfectly a page of herbs and their uses, recipes from my grandmother, or favorite pieces of poetry.
Herb Recipes. Most of them are for tea, but there are medicinal ones as well.
My new little tin for my pen nibs. Isn't it so old fashioned?
Yes, I have used my feathers, though not as often, obviously, as my pens. Feathers can be quite a challenge to get a clean line with!
Such a wonderful occupation for a fall afternoon!
Of course, then I got our rabbit out and went all Beatrix Potter.... :P
Gosh this makes me want to whip out one of my high-necked Edwardian blouses and wear it with that navy blue bustled skirt I've got. And maybe put my hair up, don a smart little navy hat with a white ribbon, and go chase some wild rabbits and squirrels with my watercolors....