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

If you are here for the Hahnemühle Watercolor Postcard giveaway, you can enter here.

Last week, I reviewed the Schmincke Limited Edition Watercolor set.  I mentioned a couple of problems that I found with the set.  Since writing the review, I've found that the issues with the tin were widespread.  And, while I personally liked the colors, it turns out that many don't, finding them too flat.

Both Wet Paint, where I bought the set, and Schmincke have been responsive to complaints, and are working on the problems.  However, I can't really recommend the set until they have.  A second set is planned to go on sale, probably in December.  I would research before buying, both to make sure that all problems have been addressed and that you have a good understanding of the paints contained in the set and are reasonably sure you will like them.

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Review & Giveaway-Hahnemühle Watercolour Postcards in Jubilee Tin #Hahnemühle #WatercolorPostcards #WorldWatercolorGroup @ZebraPenUS

Recently Hahnemühle sent me an amazing number of fine art papers for reviews and giveaways.  This is the third of eight giveaways planned.  Today's subject is their tin of Watercolour Postcards with the Jubilee lid. The giveaway is international.  Entry information is waaay down the page after the review.  Please consider visiting Hahnemühle's Facebook page or website to learn more about their wonderful line of products.  


Paper: Akademie Watercolour Paper  Natural White  Rough textureArchival Acid freeAge resistantUnbleached
Size: A6/ 10,5 x 14,8 cm/ 6.5 x 4.5 x 1.1 in 
Weight: 230gsm/85 lb
No. of Cards: 30 postcards per tin
Address panel printed on the reverse
Rounded corners on both tin and postcards

Look & Feel
The Tin
Hahnemühle Watercolour Postcards come in a metal box with a reproduced painting on the lid.  While the postcards and the construction of the tin are always the same, 10 editions exist with different paintings. The tin I'm reviewing is the Jubilee Edition…

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Googly-Eyed Zebra Fun and Easy Landscape Step-out #FunAndEasyLandscape #Step-out #Zensations #Inktober2017 @ZebraPenUS

Today's Fun & Easy Landscape step-out is more challenging than most unless you've been doing a lot of my other googly-eyed type step-outs like UseI ♡ Cat, and Cow Delight.  If you look at all these, you'll see that the steps are basically the same, with small changes to the shape of the head, eyes, nose, ears and patterns on the body.

If you are having problems with these kind of step-out concentrate on the basics without worrying what animal you are creating.  Just let your animal be whatever IT wants to be, lol.

Once you are comfortable drawing the steps that are the same or close to it, then you can start refining the small details that define the animal YOU want.  Unless you are having so much fun creating weird and wonderfully strange animals that you never want to quit!

Fun & Easy Landscapes step-outs, step-wiselys or step-by-steps are posted every Friday!

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Review-Schmincke Limited Edition 12-color Palette 2017 #Schmincke #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorGroup

Schmincke offers a Limited Edition tin of 12 colors each year.  It comes in one of their signature tins (love the owl logo!)

EDITED: In this review, I mentioned problems that I had with the tin. I felt it was probably just a lemon, but it turns out that it is a production problem.  Schmincke is looking into it and a second release of this set will hopefully have resolved the problem. If you have already purchased and have a bad tin, please contact the place you bought it and ask for a replacement tin.  The paint colors are lovely!

And I have to add that I bought my set through Wet Paint Art.  They are being SO responsive. Response to complaints on the issue are almost immediate and they give you a thorough answer as to what happened and what action is being taken.  If you learn nothing else from this review, remember that Wet Paint Art is an excellent store for buying art supplies.  Good customer service is worth it's weight in gold

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Grove Fun and Easy Landscape Step-out #FunAndEasyLandscape #Step-out #Inktober #Zensations #Hahnemühle @ZebraPenUS

I could have added another step or two to this step-out and done a border and some of the interior design, but I wanted you to see the bare bones.  And then to experiment.  Add little triangles, loop-de-loops, crosses, circles.  See what happens.

As you can see in the variations, your grove can consist of three or four trees in a fairly small forest, or you can expand and build a forest that takes up a whole section of the page.

In its bare bones version, Grove is a good background detail that adds some interest without stealing the show from your focus.  It isn't likely to be your main focus, but add some detail, and it can become a secondary point of interest.

Be careful about adding too much detail to your Grove, if it is directly behind your main focus.

This drawing done with Zebra Sarasa Fineliners on Hahnemühle Watercolor Postcard
Fun & Easy Landscapes step-outs, step-wiselys or step-by-steps are posted every Friday!

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