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Monday, September 22, 2014

Sunrise at the Oasis #Watercolor #Sennelier #LifeImitatesDoodles

I've had these blocks of Sennelier Watercolor paper that a friend gave me for quite some time.  The problem was that the pages were glued together so strongly that I had the worst time trying to seperate them, and always ended up tearing the paper.

Recently, I bought an Unblocker from Cheap Joe's.  It's just a little plastic tool but oh, my it does the job!  Now I can use these blocks without fear of ruining what I've just painted.  Note, that a plastic knife might (might) work almost as well.

This was a quick study I did without any photo reference after we did sunsets in my watercolor class.  It brought home to me how much the paper does matter.  The paper can effect the colors and textures of your paint.

I found the colors (Gamboge, Cadmium Orange, Naphthol Red (just a touch) and Ultramarine Blue) were more muted and subtle than with the other papers I had used.  The texture of the paper showed up more.   I like it!

Monday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

Weekly Zentangle Challenge #186
Tangle Patterns: TanglePatterns String 123
Seazenings Books 1 and 2: Add spice to your designs-now available from CZT Joan Deloney

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Journal52 prompt - Week 38: Rhyme Time
No Excuses Art Journaling Weekly Sprout #27

Prima Doll Art Journal Series #5 - video
How to Crochet Matryoshka Dolls from the book Cute Critter Crochet
Watercolor Pencil Poppy - Video

Win a Hobonichi “Techo” 2015 Tomoe River Planner
​Back to School Book Giveaway and 20 Ways to Draw Exclamation Points
​Win a bottle of Pilot Iroshizuku ink
Danse Macabre Blog Hop & Stencil Giveaway-Day 1

Join Limor Webber of the Design Memory Craft Design Team at 9PM EST on Sept. 23rd for a free mixed media Ustream class

Friday, September 19, 2014

Another Painting from the Heart! #Khadi #Watercolor #LifeImitatesDoodles

I've been playing around with watercolor on Khadi Paper - a handmade Indian paper.  I have a package of heart-shaped pieces that I found on sale.

Today, I'm sharing my Tiger's Heart.

Friday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

I have limited computer access this week, so I did up my lists ahead of time and they'll be a little sparse.  There will be no link lists this Saturday and Sunday, the 20th & 21st.

Hibred tangle-Zentangle Newsletter from August 2008

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Gratitude as a daily practice

What Is The Pointillism Technique
Secrets to Creating Realistic Waterscapes in Mixed Media-free downloadable PDF

X-ACTO Sharpen Your Skills scholarship sweepstakes

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Painting from the Heart #Khadi #Watercolor #LifeImitatesDoodles

I picked a package of some heart-shaped Khadi paper from Daniel Smith's a while back.  It's a hand-made paper with a sort of linen-like texture.  Watercolor goes down nicely, and it's easy to lift.  I want to get some large pieces, but meanwhile, these are great to play with.  Last night, I did a Parrot's Heart.

Thursday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

I have limited computer access this week, so I did up my lists ahead of time and they'll be a little sparse.  Still some good stuff though!

Jay-non-official Zentangle/ZIA Pattern (my very first tangle pattern)
Leopard or Jaguar: non-official Zentangle/ZIA Pattern (my second tangle pattern)
Tangle Patterns - There is usually something new up at Tanglepatterns.com on Thursday-check it out.

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Day-by-Day “I Am” Affirmations Journal

Super Easy Book Page Garland
Artist's Network:Botanical Flowers in Watercolor
Rainbow Glaze

Panpastels month-long giveaway at AlteredPages

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Watercolor Wednesday with Schut-03 #Exaclair #Schut #Watercolor

Each Wednesday for 22 weeks, I'll be sharing artwork that was done on paper from a Schut Papier sampler.  I'll be giving you a little information about each of the papers.

Schut Aquarelbloc Terschelling RUW 300 grams/140 lbs Watercolor Rough

Acid free, white watercolour paper, made of 100% wood free cellulose.

Two things you always need to look at with watercolor:
The Weight-Even if you've used a particular brand of paper before, you might find that the textures and tooth differ with the weight.
The Finish-You'll see the words Cold Press (CP or NOT or Medium Finish), Hot Press (HP or Demi-Satine) and Rough (R) on most watercolor papers.  You might also see Soft Press (SP) or other similar designations.  This refers to the 'wove finish' or texture created by the machines and tools used to make the paper.  There are no standards so a Cold-Press paper from one brand might be more like a Rough in another.

I bring up these points because the weight and finish of this paper differed considerably from the other Terschelling papers that I'll be posting about as part of my Watercolor Wednesday with Schut series.

This is a paper for someone with watercolor experience, and even then it will be challenging.  It is a soft paper, very absorbent and not very forgiving.  It is difficult to lift color, and it will tear if you are not very careful when removing masking tape or liquid frisket.

So why, you may ask, is this a good paper?  You can get expression and mood on this paper, dramatic glazes and textures.  If you know the paper will tear, then you can use that for texture as I did with my white flowers on the second painting.  The quality of the color is just different than with most papers. It's hard to explain.

If you are willing to take on a challenging paper and learn how it needs to be used, you find the results satisfying.  Just be prepared for a little frustration on the way there.  Out of all the papers in the sampler, I think I did my best works on this one.