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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Agate Wall Distressed #DistressInk #Stillman&Birn #ZentangleInspiredArt

A few days ago, Facebook sent me a reminder of a drawing I'd posted a few years ago.  It was done using Distress Ink Pads and markers.

Seeing it reminded of the cool effects you can get with those products, so I promptly set down and did a similar page in my Stillman & Birn Delta sketchbook.

I started with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Wild Honey, Tea Dye, Spiced Marmalade, Broken China and Shabby Shutters and some foam blenders that I have.  I dragged the ink pad directly on the page, and then used the foam blenders to smooth out some of the color, while leaving other areas with some of the paper color showing through.

Afterwards, I drew and colored my patterns with Distress markers in the same colors, adding Aged Mahogany and Weathered Wood.    I think Aged Mahogany and Spiced Marmalade together make a cool tortoise-shell look, and the Weathered Wood is great for subtle shading.

I finished with a metallic Gold Gellyroll pen to color the jewelry settings, and used a white Sharpie Acrylic paint pen to add highlights.

Goldie #Watercolor #LegionPaper #Goldfish

This is my first painting in the watercolor journal I made using the Legion Watercolor sampler sheets I bought.  (I apologize to those who already saw this post.  I accidentally posted it when I first wrote it up).

Oddly enough, this particular paper wasn't listed in the samples and the tag simply said 'India Smooth 270 gsm'.  There is more info at the Legion site though, so I discovered about this paper:

  • Handmade in India
  • 100% Cotton
  • Neutral pH 
  • 4 natural deckles
  • Internally & externally sized
The page goes on to say: "...totally produced with a composition comprised of actual cotton rags that are either remnants from the garment industry or medical supply sectors."

India is a handmade paper so 'smooth' isn't all that smooth.  The paper is soft, absorbent and has knots and texture.  It's a fun paper to use, but you'll be disappointed if you expect it to behave like Arches or Fabriano.  Color is a more opaque because of the absorbency, and you may get hard edges that you didn't expect.

You will get a painting with lots of character.

My reference photo came from Pixabay.

I used Qor Transparent Pyrrole Orange (P071), M Graham Cobalt Teal (PB28), Sennelier Phthalo Green Deep (PB15:3/PG7) and Daniel Smith New Gamboge (PY97/PY110).  Brushes used were Silver Black Velvet rounds size 6 and 16.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

And the winner is....

The winner of the Stillman & Birn Delta sketchbook is....

                            Kathy Rock

Thank you all for entering.  I wish I could give prizes to you all.  One of these days when I win several million dollars from the lottery, I will!

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

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
joey's weekly tangle challenge #148
"It's a String Thing" #179 Tiles
"It's a String Thing" #180
Zentangle All Around Tangle It! Week 15-21
Monotangle Adventures Beginner's Challenge #41: Yula
Duotangle Adventures Beginner's Challenge #19: Yula & Caviar

How To Make A Heart Shaped Background for Your Zentangles video
Daily Tangle Video - Eddyper
How to Draw January Birthstone Garnet Doodlegem with Pearls Tutorial ep 42 video
Heartrope Tangle Lesson Pattern #136 video
Daily Tangle - Mooka video
Bee Sting Tangle Video
Daily Tangle Video - Crescent Moon

TanglePatterns: How to Draw Soluna
New Tangle - Teia

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
How to Paint a Late Autumn Steam Train Real Time Acrylic Painting tutorial
Essential Colour Pencil Techniques
Painting Mixed Media Patterns
Creating a Watercolor Mixing Chart PLUS a Printable
Three Faux Woodcut Art Printable Envelope Templates

Totally-Tiffany 2017 Craft Space Clean Up Sweepstakes
Kimber Dawn & Co. WE LOVE SILHOUETTE + YOU GIVEAWAY-win a Silhouette Cameo 3
Carta Bella Paper giveaway - "Space Academy" collection kit
Sakura of America Instagram giveaway-Pens, Markers, Pen Case, Notebook
Stampendous Giveaway
Rhodia Giveaway - ColoR Treasure Box of Your Choice: 3 notepads and 2 Rhodia pencils


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Legion Paper Sampler Painting Pad #Legion #Paper #Watercolor

IF you are here for the Stillman & Birn Delta Softcover giveaway, which ends tonight, go here.

I had a Christmas gift card to spend and when I discovered that Legion Paper offers samplers (not free, alas), I decided to spend some of it on their watercolor paper.

There are all sorts of paper to choose from (you can find the list here).  Besides Individual Sheets, the paper can be ordered as a Mill Book or Legion Book.  I'm not sure what those are (though I have an idea), and I'm not sure the binding would make for good painting, so I ordered the 22 individual sheets of 8x10 watercolor paper.  Adding in S&H, the price is decent, though not fantastic.

The allure is that you get sheets of: Acquerello by Magnani, Arches Watercolor, Artistico, Bockingford, Coventry Rag, Drawing Bristol, Folio, Lanaquarelle, Multimedia Aquarelle, Saunders Waterford, Indian, and Yupo.  The sheets range in weight from 140 lb to 300 lb.  I had already received samples of the new Stonehenge Aqua when Legion was offering them free (no longer, sorry), so I added those in.

I took the cardboard backings from a couple of drawing pads, covered them in newspaper, and painted them with acrylic for covers.  I punched two holes in both covers and each sheet, and now I've got a nice pad of paper for watercolor painting.

I'm swimming in watercolor paper this year!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

52 Weeks of Watercolor Painting 2017 No. 2 #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorPainting @StillmanAndBirn

IF you are here for the Stillman & Birn Delta Softcover giveaway, go here.

Whoa! This week's painting was more of a challenge than I expected.  My reference photo didn't have a strong mid-ground.  I didn't think this would be a problem, but I didn't have a clear idea for what I wanted and just started painting.  Sometimes, ideas come as I paint, but it didn't this time.

And I decided to use pre-mixed greens: Sennelier Phthalo Green Light, and Sap Green.  After starting the painting, I realized that I didn't really like these greens.

The addition of Green Gold and my Ultramarine Blue & Burnt Sienna mixes helped a bit, but I that mid-ground never resolved itself.  I fussed and fussed and never quite got the effect I wanted.

In the end, I did a lot of lifting color and went with a more abstract look. I think I captured a good sense of drama in the brush strokes.  I learned a lot about greens and lifting color on Stillman & Birn Beta series paper.

I didn't quite achieve all my goals so I think the most important lesson from this painting is to have goals, and a plan for meeting those goals before you start painting.  If another solution occurs as you paint, the plan can always be changed.

My reference photo came from Pixabay.