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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Watercolor Wednesday with Schut-14 #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 Aquarel Elegance, Medium Fine Grain/Cold-Pressed, 300 gm2/140 lbs

100% Cellulose, acid-free.

During these tests, I'm often overdoing to see what happens.  In this case, with my second painting, I overdid the lifting of color, repainting and relifting in fairly rapid succession.  While the color lifted easily, I quickly came to the point where the painting was overworked.  I wasn't surprised--lifting this way does damage the paper.  I felt the results were about what I'd expect from a paper of this weight and texture.  No surprises.

But I did want to save the work, so I used gel ink pens over the dried watercolor paint, squirkling and smearing it in places.  I used Moonlight Gellyrolls, which are made for working over dark colors, but they don't scan or photo well, so my finished piece looks better in real life, than it does here.

The outcome of my tests:
  • Paper folds well for its weight with some memory of the fold
  • When creased it does get multiple creases, but they don't radiate outward
  • Frisket and/or tape can cause slight damage
  • Color lifts well
  • Washes move well
  • Paper tends to come off in chunks when you scrape it


 'Bearded Irises' was adapted from an online exercise posted at the Painted Prism.

The Gel Ink colors are darker and more blended in real life than they appear in this scan.


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

Zentangle
joey's weekly tangle challenge #36
Zentangle Newsletter

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Visual Chronicles and Fast Art Journaling

Tutorials
AMARYLLIS CREATIONS Silhouette Masks 
How to Remove Sheets from Watercolor Blocks
How to Fold an Origami Turkey and Make a Thanksgiving Wreath and Place Card Holders

Giveaways
Silhouette Portrait Giveaway for 2 Winners
IN MY BONES: A visual journal – The Book – Giveaway 
Fountain Pen Revolution Giveaway-ebonite FPR Triveni Jr pen with nib of your choice
25 Days of Christmas Tags (a chance to win every day through Nov 27)
Carolyn Dube Stencil Giveaway-new stencil, new giveaway every day thru 11/26



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I Want Candy! #Clairefontaine #CrokBook #PenWatercolor

It isn't always just people that suddenly appear to me while I'm drawing, lol.  Even though this guy's a little monstrous, he seems friendly to me.  I'd give him candy! Pigma Micron over Watercolor in Crok Book


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

Zentangle
Ben Kwok template - Mushroom  (must be a member of Facebook Group Ornation Creation)
Tangle Patterns: How to draw Flovine

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Art Journaling Prompt: Memorabilia

Tutorials
let your paint splatters bloom into flower gardens - a step-by-step tutorial
modular origami lotus flower – video tutorial
Creating Dimension with Masking Film & Airbrushing

Giveaways
Dion Dior giveaway- tote bag, Stillman & Birn Sketchbook, Twinking h2O's & Silks Acrylic Glaze
Papermill Direct Christmas Challenge
25 Days of Christmas Tags (a chance to win every day through Nov 27)
10 Giveaways-a new chance to win every day-“Drawing Lab Kit” Release Blog Celebration
Carolyn Dube Stencil Giveaway-new stencil, new giveaway every day thru 11/26

Pen & Ink
Field Notes Ambition Edition Review