so Rowena's college instructor was right. Ball point pen DOES blob. But I used the cheapest of the cheap--a Bic pen. I don't recall this happening with Monday's picture. Still, though, the blobbing is far less serious than the big splotches with the dip pen. Also, it smears when you erase the pencil underneath it.
I do love regular old pen and ink--dip pens, dark dark black black ink--clean clean edges.
So I'm not going on any big ball point pen campaign. It's just more convenient for doing at school (my student teaching is still teaching all day, and what else should I be doing?).
As far as the talisman goes, it's not actually IN the picture, but it's what gives her the courage to face down the bear.