Friday, September 30, 2016

Red-Bellied Woodpecker - Week 33 of '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds' #WorldWatercolorGroup #Mijello #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds

By the time I got to this fellow, I was feeling pretty good about the Mijello paints.  I definitely prefer to use them after they've dried rather than fresh from the tube.

Something got on this paper before I started painting, so I kept it as loose and simple as I could, knowing the paint wouldn't take well in some places.  That's one of the drawbacks of painting in a journal.  You end up getting splashes from other work, and if you forget and set it down without closing it first, you pick up oils and dirt, especially if you do everything at the same table the way I do.


I used the Mijello Mission Gold Pure Pigment Watercolor Set. and Silver Black Velvet Brushes Round size 6 and size 16.

This bird was done in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

My reference photo came from the Morguefile archive.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Autumn Watercolor Class #Watercolor #Strathmore #Mijello

This was done for the third session of my Autumn Watercolor class.  We were studying flowing water.  I lost some of my white because I got the water values darker than I meant to, and in trying to lift some of the color, I just smeared it instead.

This is a common problem of mine that stems from impatience.  I tried to lift the color before the paint was entirely dry, plus I used too large a brush.  On of these days, I'll get my act together.

I was using my Mission Gold pure pigment set, and I'm still learning how to mix the colors.  It amazes me how the yellow pigments are strong enough to show up when glazed over some of the darkers colors, while still being reasonably transparent.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Plover - Week 31 of '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds' #WorldWatercolorGroup #Mijello #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds

This was my second painting using the Mijello Mission Gold watercolors and I was starting to loosen up a little bit.


I used the Mijello Mission Gold Pure Pigment Watercolor Set. and Silver Black Velvet Brushes Round size 6 and size 16.

This bird was done in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

My reference photo came from the Morguefile archive.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Winner of my giveaway for a softcover Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook is...

The Winner of my giveaway for a softcover Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook is Jean Marmo!

I want to thank everyone who entered.

Nicobar Pigeon #WorldWatercolorGroup #Mijello #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds

For Week 30 of '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds', I chose the beautiful Nicobar Pigeon.  I'm a bit disappointed with it, though.

This was the first painting that I did using my Mijello Mission Gold Pure Pigment Watercolor Set, using freshly squeezed paint from the tube, and I found a bit harder to spread than expected.  It was also the first painting I did after a hiatus of a couple of months, and it is always difficult to get my brain and hand working in co-ordination.

I did like how easily I could obtain the darkest values, and the brilliance of the colors.



I used a Silver Black Velvet Round size 6 and size 16.

This bird was done in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

My reference photo came from the Morguefile archive.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

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

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

Zentangle
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
3DTANGLE SHADING CHALLENGE #059- Focus tangle: GARLIC CLOVES

Ben Kwok Template: Optical Illusion

Zentangle® Pattern Scrolled Feather video
Tips for Tangling Flukes
i-Leaf Zentangle Pattern Video

TanglePatterns: How to draw ANDROMEDA
TanglePatterns: How to draw LOLLYWIMPLE
Pattern-Collections New: Lumine
Pattern-Collections New: Jiami
Pattern-Collections New: Squared-Up
Pattern-Collections New: Starmen
Pattern-Collections New: Taaj

Weekly Zentangle Roundup #291

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Controlling Water / Pigment Ratio in Watercolor
How to Weave a Paper Peacock
Tissue Paper Background
Journal52 Prompt #39: Autumn OR Fall

Giveaways
Colorit Giveaway-48 Gel Pens with case & refill given away every day in September
HSN Sneak Peek & Giveaway - Win an assortment of 6 dies
The Postman's Knock International Giveaway - Finetec Golds palette
Jetpens Weekend Giveaway-Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pen, Highlighters & Smart Ring Binder 
Life Book 2017 Blog Hop & Giveaway with Jamie Dougherty 
Life Book 2017 Blog Hop & Giveaway with Andrea Gomoll 
Life Book 2017 Blog Hop & Giveaway with Whitney Freya 

Reviews
Pilot Precise Grip Review
Ink Shot Review: @Laywines Silver Grey

Friday, September 23, 2016

From Mission Gold to Autumn Gold #Stillman&Birn #MissionGold #WorldWatercolorGroup

If you are here for the Stillman & Birn Beta Series Softcover Edition giveaway, you can find it and my review here.  The giveaway ends tomorrow at 11:50 pm PDT.

To round out the week of sharing work done in my Stillman & Birn Beta series softcover, I did another watercolor.  I used lots of water for this one, with no buckling, curling or pilling.  I was able to lift color easily as well.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Afternoon in the Meadow #Stillman&Birn #Cuttlelola #PenAndInk

If you are here for the Stillman & Birn Beta Series Softcover Edition giveaway, you can find it here.

I think the Cuttlelola Electric Dotspen and Stillman & Birn Beta paper were made for each other.  It's so easy to build up the solid values quickly.  This drawing took about 2 hours, and that includes the time spent planning and penciling in the outline of the sheep.



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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

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

Zentangle
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
joey's weekly tangle challenge #131

It's a String Thing #162 tiles
It's a String Thing #163 challenge

How to Draw Hematite Doodle Gem Tutorial Ep 26
Indy Rella and Bronx Cheer Zentangle Pattern Video

Tanglepatterns: How to Draw Arches
Pattern-Collections New: Bluflor
Pattern-Collections New: Heli
Pattern-Collections New: Peppy
Pattern-Collections New: Huabao
Pattern-Collections New: Gates

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Let’s paint a geranium in watercolors
The Power of Composition-Free Online Course Video 1
Free Spider Halloween Mail Art Printables

Giveaways
Colorit Giveaway-48 Gel Pens with case & refill given away every day in September

Colored Pencil Magazine PanPastel Giveaway


Reviews
Watercolor Supplies: Cheap Joe’s Travel Brush Set, Da Vinci Cosmotop Spin, Travel Carry Set-up
Clairefontaine Roadbook Mini Reviews

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Betafish on Beta Paper #Stillman&Birn #ColoredPencil #BetaSeries

If you are here for the Stillman & Birn Beta Series Softcover Edition giveaway, you can find it here.

I was asked if I had used Stillman & Birn's Beta paper for colored pencil, and the answer is yes.  Many times.  Colored pencil isn't my favorite medium so I didn't use it for my review earlier this week, but it's a good question.  I was also curious to see how well the dots from my Cuttlelola electric pen would show up under colored pencil, so I drew this picture...



...and colored it with colored pencil.  Kind of a waste of the Cuttlelola ink because most of the ink was lost, which I suspected, but ya never know till you try.

Color pencil itself works well on the Beta paper, though I prefer the Stillman & Birn Alpha series paper for it.  The paper allows for several layers of color and burnishes well for deeper color and blending.  I used a white acrylic pen to add some highlights.


Monday, September 19, 2016

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

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

Zentangle
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Weekly Zentangle Challenge 284

STORIES: New tangler discovers unexpected benefits beyond the Zentangle® art form

Trilina Zentangle Pattern Video
Gommi Zentangle Pattern Video

TanglePatterns String 227
Pattern-Collections New: We-Tochka
Pattern-Collections New: Lifi
Pattern-Collections New: Mangi
Pattern-Collections New: 96
Pattern-Collections New: Ezer
Pattern-Collections New: O-Knot
Pattern-Collections New: O-Ring
Pattern-Collections New: Pen-Bend
Pattern-Collections New: 03
Pattern-Collections New: Skyview
Pattern-Collections New: Trigon
Pattern-Collections New: Slab

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Life Imitates Doodles: Win a Stillman & Birn Beta Series Softcover Sketchbook
MELTED RAINBOW CRAYON PUMPKIN DIY
Iris Folding-Hot Air Balloon Card Video
How to Use Compressed Air and the Rainbow in Your Art Journal
Prompt #1850 Word of the Week – Obdurate
Crafty TBT: FREE Coloring Page- Kindness is Everything *Remastered*

Giveaways
Colorit Giveaway-48 Gel Pens with case & refill given away every day in September

My Prima Planner Mega-Prize Instagram Giveaway

Reviews
Review: Sennelier Artist Watercolors
What’s the difference between Clairefontaine and Rhodia? (offer of free sample packs in USA)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Review of the Stillman & Birn Beta Softcover Sketchbook #Stillman&Birn #StillmanAndBirn #Giveaway

My favorite sketchbooks are from Stillman & Birn.  They have different editions, each with different paper, and my favorite of the papers is their Beta version.  They recently came out with soft covers and I decided it was about time to buy one of the landscape editions.  While I was at it, I decided to buy a smaller edition to give away.  I can afford the postage on the smaller one, so this giveaway is international. Giveaway has ended.


Specs
Size: Reviewed-8 1/2 x 5 1/2 in (21.6 cm x 14.0 cm);
Cover: Softcover
Binding: Sewn and glued
Paper: White, Extra Heavyweight 270 gsm Cold Press
No. of Pages: 26 sheets/52 Pages
Orientation: Landscape

Look and Feel
The Stillman & Birn Beta Softcover Sketchbook has a cardboard cover that is heavy but flexible.  When you remove the informational slip, it is a plain, dark blue, suitable for artwork if desired.  Both cover and paper have rounded corners.

The hardcover provides more protection, of course, but the softcover is lighter and less bulky.



The sketchbook lies flat with no slope in the middle.



The binding is both sewn and glued.  When the softcover first came out, there were production issues. Stillman & Birn took steps to deal with them, and the problem has been resolved.  For that reason, I waited a bit and used my copy a while to give it some roughing up.  I've folded it all the way back, several times, carried it on plein air sessions, and I even threw it (rather gently!) on the floor a couple of times, just to see what would happen.  The spine is now creased, and I have a slight bend on the back cover. Otherwise, it has held up well with no sign of detached pages.  I wouldn't recommend throwing it on the floor on regular basis though. You know - a 'don't try this at home' kind of thing.


The paper is white, but not brilliant. It has a hard surface and is thick but flexible.  Stillman & Birn call it cold press, but it is smoother than most watercolor cold press.  Since it is considered a mixed media paper that is good.

Performance
I've used Beta sketchbooks in the hardcover edition for years and I've used them in a plethora of ways.  It can take light to medium washes without rippling, buckling, pilling or curling (actually, I've never had it do any of those even with heavy washes).  Alcohol markers, such as Copics or Sharpies, will bleed through, but very little. You can use almost any media on it, but it's smooth enough that you can glue things down.  The binding is bit too tight for chunky style journaling.

The first thing I used this edition for was to do value studies with India Ink artist pens.  The smaller version I'm giving away will be great for that.  When I'm doing these, I like to add a second layer of ink while the first is still wet and blend the colors.  Many papers will pill if you do this, but not the Beta.



Then I used waterproof pigment pens for a drawing. The lines came out crisp and bold, even when I'm used the .005 size.  (Never mind that horse. Horses sneak into my drawings.  It's nothing to do with me.  The horses just show up, unannounced. )


And the reason for waterproof ink is so that I could use watercolor markers to color them in. The markers I used generally are more muted and dull, but on the Beta paper they are brilliant.


Next, I used my electric dotspen to stipple a drawing.  I was a bit surprised, though perhaps I shouldn't have been.  It can be time-consuming to get a solid line or solid coverage with the dotspen, but I actually had to use a lighter hand with the Beta paper because the values built up so quickly.  It wasn't difficult - I just had to lay the dots down a little differently, and the drawing went quite a bit faster.


And lastly, I used artist quality watercolor.  As mentioned before, no rippling, buckling, curling or pilling.  I used a moderately heavy wash for the background. I was able to lift color where I needed, and repaint without much damage to the paper (lifting always damages the paper to some extent).


Overall
The Stillman & Birn Beta Softcover Sketchbook has the same quality mixed media paper that you find in the hardcovers editions.  It's light enough to carry and sturdy enough to hold up to a reasonable amount of wear and tear.

The paper is a heavyweight cold press that is almost smooth enough to be hot press.  I've never used a media that didn't work well on it, which makes this suitable for sketching, plein air painting, cartooning, and art journaling.  It is my personal favorite sketchbook paper.

GIVEAWAY IS OVER! 

Who Can Enter
Anyone. This giveaway is International!

Prize
One winner will receive the Stillman & Birn Beta Softcover Sketchbook that I'm holding in this photo. Size 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in (14.0 x 8.9 cm).



How to Enter
Type or cut and paste the words  'I want to win a Stillman & Birn Beta Softcover Sketchbook' into the subject line of an email, and send it to me at LifeImitatesDoodles [at] gmail [dot] com.

Start and End of Giveaway
The giveaway starts on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 09:30 AM PDT, and ends Saturday, September 24 2016 at 11:59 PDT.  I'll notify the winner by responding to their email on Sunday, September 25.

Disclaimer: I purchased both of the Stillman & Birn Beta Softcover Sketchbooks used for this review and giveaway.  I received no other compensation.  I'm excited about hosting this giveaway, but tried not to let it influence my opinion, and all opinions are my own. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

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

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

Zentangle
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
Eni Oken's Shading challenge -Eni is offline until the 19th
Weekly Challenge #74: Tangle with C-T-J

Travelling Tangles - Part 3
Tangle Refresher 137 and seeking advice for left-handed tanglers from the Zentangle® community
To Tangle an Adirondack Chair

Zendala Template 08

Actinar Zentangle Pattern Video 
Zentangle® Muster Puchong
Zentangle® Muster LO's

TanglePatterns: How to Draw Kirkland
Pattern-Collections New: Ironwork
Pattern-Collections New: Dimroth
Pattern-Collections New: Toffee
Pattern-Collections New: Centre Square
Pattern-Collections New: Chain Gain
Pattern-Collections New: Amybaby
Pattern-Collections New: Mystery
Paddle Petal

Weekly Zentangle Roundup #290

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Shade Savvy: Tips for Rich Watercolor Greens
Journal52 Prompt #38: Playing Hooky OR Back to School
THIS into THAT recessed holes TUTORIAL
MELTED RAINBOW CRAYON PUMPKIN DIY
Free 'Artist Chat' Series videos

Giveaways
Colorit Giveaway-48 Gel Pens with case & refill given away every day in September
The Postman's Knock Weekend Giveaway: parallel glider and a set of four Micron pens
Jetpens Weekend Giveaway: Mechanical Pencil, 4 Zebra Highlighters & Smart Ring Binder
Echo Park Paper 'I Love Christmas' Scrapping Collection Giveaway

Reviews
Ink Shot Review: Laywine's Kind of Blue Pacific Blue

Friday, September 16, 2016

Fishy Phantasm and a Giveaway on Sunday #Stillman&Birn #BetaSketchbook #Giveaway @Stillman&Birn

Stillman & Birn sketchbooks are my favorite for pen and ink drawings.  I used my Cuttlelola Electric Dotspen to create this drawing in one of their Beta Softcover editions.  Not sure if I'll color it or not.

But speaking of Stillman & Birn Beta Softcover editions, this Sunday I'm starting a giveaway...


...and someone will win this 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in (14.0 x 8.9 cm) landscape oriented Stillman & Birn Beta softcover edition.  And the giveaway will be international!  I hope you'll stop by the blog next week, and enter for a chance to win.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

The View From My Window #WorldWatercolorGroup #Mijello #Strathmore

One beautiful morning while I was drinking my morning cup of Joe and staring out the patio window, I wondered why I haven't painted this view for while.  I could think of no good reason, and set out to do so.

Our house isn't quite as close and the painting implies, and I left out all the pesky houses that border the lake, but, otherwise this is pretty close.
Painted with Mijello Mission Gold pure pigments on 8x11 Strathmore Aquarius II watercolor paper using Silver Black Velvet Brushes, size 16,& 6 rounds and 1 inch flat.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Review: Mission Gold Pure Pigment Watercolor Set #Mijello #MissionGold #Watercolor

Between a flare up of my bad wrist and a busy summer, I've done very little artwork at all for the last few months.  I hate that.  When I start up again, it's like there is a disconnect between hand and brain and it takes a while to get back into the flow.

After reading a review at the FrugalCrafter website (the link is at the bottom), I decided to purchase a  Mijello Mission Gold Pure Pigment Watercolor Set, to help get myself in a creative mood.  It worked!



First things first.  There are SO many watercolor sets on the market.  What makes this particular set of interest?  There are twenty-four 15 ml tubes and two 5 ml tubes.  And every color in the set is made with one pigment.  A one pigment color is considered 'pure'.  It's more likely to be highly lightfast, more intense, and less likely to make mud when you mix it with other colors.

Mijello makes a point of the fact that their paints have excellent dispersion and solvency, which means the paint dissolves and flows easily and evenly, even after they have dried and are re-wet.  The ingredients are non-toxic, and the pigments have a uniformity of color strength and viscosity.


The 15 ml colors included are: Lemon Yellow/PY3; Permanents Yellow Light/PY154; Permanent Yellow Deep/PY65; Red Orange/PO73; Scarlet Lake/PR112; Permanent Red/PR112; Permanent Red Deep/PR254; Cherry Red/PR209; Indian Red/PR101; Crimson Lake/PR202; Permanent Rose/PV19; Perylene Maroon/PR179; Rose Madder/PR176; Permanent Magenta/PR122; Cerulean Blue/PB15:3; Prussian Blue/PB27; Cobalt Blue No.2/PB28; Ultramarine Light/PB29/ Viridian/PG7; Bamboo Green/PG36; Yellow Ochre No. 2/PY42; Green Gold/PY150; Red Brown/PBr25; Van Dyke Brown/PBr7.
The 5 ml colors included are: Chinese White/PW6; Ivory Black/PBk7


Look & Feel
The colors ARE intense, and you have to work for a lighter tint. Because they re-wet so easily and are so intense, a little goes a long way.

I've found Mijello's claims of uniformity, solvency and dispersion across all the colors to be true.  The similarity makes it easier to learn what your paint will do and not do because they all do about the same.  But some artists will want the differences, such as granulation, extra-reactiveness, and more or less intensity.

Fresh from the tube, the paints are somewhat tacky, but when dry they are easy to re-wet and spread nicely. To some extent, once dry they remind me of quality pan paints. I found the staining qualities to be somewhat different, in that some colors stained less or more than I expected.

Many of the colors are very close in hue.  There are lots of reds that are similar - perhaps too much so for the casual artist, They will create different color mixes that will delight those who like to experiment or desire very precise coloring.

This would make a good learning set for a beginner, and even many advanced watercolorists.  I think the only artists who might be disappointed would be those who want very specific effects, such as granulation.

Given the price range for the number of pigments and amount of paint, it is a good buy however you look at it.

Packaging
Another thing that I feel stands out about this set is the packaging.  Labeling is thorough and easy to read (more about that later), and there is lots of information within.



The set comes in a handsome, sturdy cardboard box.  It wouldn't hold up for frequent travel, but I think it will last indefinitely as a container for the tubes, and it will fit nicely in most drawers.  I've found I like to use the paint dried, so I squeeze some in a palette and store the tubes.  


There were two types of labels on the paint tubes in my box.  I'm getting up there, and find it harder and harder to read labels, so I was pleased to see larger printing than usual.  The tubes that had white printing on red were harder to read than the black on red, but still better than most paint tubes.  It is easy to find the pigment index number that seems to hide on so many brands of paint.


Besides the pigment name and the pigment index number, each tube had a 'W' number.  I'm not sure if this is a Mijello in-house number or another identification system I'm unfamiliar with, but it's nice because some colors do have the same index number but a different formulation.

The pigment names are fairly standard, with a few exceptions such as Cherry Red or Bamboo Green.  I went out and looked up the pigment index numbers to see what the names are for other brands, so I'd have a better idea of what they were.

The one pigment name that truly baffled me was Cerulean Blue.  Cerulean Blue is usually a mixture of a blue and white.  In this case, the pigment index number is PB15:3, which is usually called Phthalocyanine Blue, a much more tropical color with very different properties than Cerulean Blue. The color in question looks much more like the Phthalocyanine Blue.  I don't know if the naming was a mistake, or if Mijello just has different ideas about Cerulean.

The inside lid of the box has a list of all the colors included...


....and there is also a slip-on cover with a color chart.  This slip-on also helps keep the box closed when not in use.


Included is a pamphlet that explains the qualities of the paints....


... and has a color chart of the pigments as well as chart of the colors that can be mixed.  This chart shows you the colors needed for each mix.  Unfortunately, it doesn't give a very accurate idea of how much of each color you need.  Still, knowing the colors is the important part.  The rest is experience.


Tips and techniques for laying out your colors and different ways to mix them are also included.


Performance
While reading about a painting retreat held by Pat Howard of the Painted Prism, I saw some beautiful color wheel mandalas that her students were painting.  That made me think of the Zentangle mandalas I've seen, and I decided to combine the two ideas in order to experiment with a few of the colors. This seemed more interesting than doing charts.

I tried to choose the three coolest primaries for one wheel, and the warmest for a second one. I drew my tangles with a waterproof Pigma Micron and painted over the lines.  This allowed me to discover how opaque and transparent the colors were by seeing how much they hid the lines.

The center of the wheel has color dragged from the ring around them.  In that ring, I painted with almost undiluted paint and let it dry.  Then I lifted color from the stripes, and did the dragging to see how much the paint might reactivate.

For the main portion of each section, I used a very dilute mixture, aiming for a light tint.  Then I used the complementary color (the opposite color) to paint in detail, trying to get at least three values. I mixed yellow and red, yellow and blue, and red and blue to get my secondaries. This means that when I glazed (mixing by painting wet color over dry, instead of mixing in a palette), I was essentially mixing all three primaries together.  This commonly leads to mud, unless all three colors are equal in temperature (their tendency to blue or yellow).

This gave me information about flow, tinting strength, temperature, mixing neutral colors and how close to mud I would get when mixing all three of the primaries.


Neutrals were easy to achieve, and I think I avoided mud, though I don't like all the colors I got so I'll be trying some other mixes as I go along.


As I mentioned in the beginning of this review, I haven't been painting much, so a sunset picture seemed in order.  Sunset silhouettes are quick, easy paintings that let you see how the different colors react with water and how they flow.  I also discovered how easy it is to get your darker values with this set.  The intensity of the colors is wonderful.  My scanner made the darks seem lighter than they are to the eye.  (I also managed to splash some water on the painting, so don't hold that against the set).


Having played around a bit, I felt ready to tackle something a bit more complex and was thoroughly pleased with the results.


Overall
The 26 pigments in the Mission Gold Pure Pigment Watercolor Set are intense, re-wet easily, and can be used to mix another 28 colors.  The consistency of the paints is uniform, and they rewet easily with no loss of color.  Because each color consists of only one pigment, you aren't likely to mix muddy colors.  The packaging is excellent, providing useful information, and a box that will serve to hold the paints for a long time.  It isn't designed for travel, however.

I found nothing to dislike about the set, but the pigments have properties  (warm, cool, opaque, transparent, reactive, etc.) that will appeal to some more than others. Many of the pigments are very similar, differing mainly in their properties rather than in actual color . There is very little granulation to be found.  Many of the pigments that are usually highly reactive in water, are less so with this set.

Some of the color names are unfamiliar, and color named Cerulean Blue may be mislabeled.  The index number in that case is PB15:3, which is usually a Phthalocyanine color, and the pigment does resemble Phthalocyanine Blue, instead of the lighter, cooler Cerulean Blue.

The similarity of pigments might be somewhat confusing to a beginner, but the price (the set from Crushon on Amazon is currently $98) makes this set is an excellent deal, and the possibilities for mixing provide a learning experience even for more advanced watercolorists.

Disclaimer
I bought the Mijello Mission Gold Pure Pigment Watercolor Set on my own and thought it was interesting enough to review.  I was not asked to do this review, nor did I receive any recompense for doing so.

Reviews:

Review: Mission Gold Pure Pigment Watercolors by the FrugalCrafter

Saturday, September 10, 2016

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

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays
(NOTE: I apologize if my links don't open in separate windows.  Blogger is giving me problems with that, and I can't tell if the windows will work or not).

Zentangle
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
Eni Oken's Shading CHALLENGE - Eni is offline until 9/19
Square One: Purely Zentangle Weekly Pattern Focus
Weekly Challenge #73: Tangle with P-F-W 

Tips for Tangling RAIN

Kochlea Zentangle Pattern Video
Ing Zentangle Pattern Video
Zentangle® Muster Elata
MORNING GLORIES 2 - VIDEO

TanglePatterns: How to draw ELEGANZA
TanglePatterns: How to draw 1/2 ORBS
Pattern-Collections New: Candy Corn
Pattern-Collections New: Dem Bones
Pattern-Collections New: Spiderize 
Pattern-Collections New: Punkin' Vine
Pattern-Collections New: Rosey
Pattern-Collections New: Plip
Pattern-Collections New: Rogert
Pattern-Collections New: Cails

Weekly Zentangle Roundup #289

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Journal52 Art Journaling Prompt 37: Sunrise or Sunset
Fall leaf in watercolor tutorial
Gelli® Printed Tote Bag
DIY Paper Mache Fruit Bowl
This week in #art and #creativity

Giveaways
Colorit Giveaway-48 Gel Pens with case & refill given away every day in September
Willowing Arts Giveaway 
Postman's Knock Giveaway-Calligraphy Starter Kit
Jetpens Weekend Giveaway

Pen & Ink
Ink Shot Review: Franklin-Christoph Spanish Blue


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

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

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

Zentangle
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
joey's weekly tangle challenge #129

It's a String Thing #160 tiles
It's a String Thing #161 challenge

TanglePatterns: How to create a Zentangle-inspired Galaxy on canvas

Zentangle® Muster Squiggles
Zentangle® Muster: Trelina

Pattern-Collections New: Siedwae
Pattern-Collections New: Cycle
Pattern-Collections New: Angle Cycle
Pattern-Collections New: Fun Cycle
Pattern-Collections New: Kensington
Pattern-Collections New: E-Ivy
Pattern-Collections New: Mangostin
Pattern-Collections New: Flying-Lights

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Watercolour Tutorial Botanical Art Workshop: Blueberries on Learn to paint with Scarlett
6 Ways to Shade Your Lettering
DIY Decorative Leaf Bowl for Fall

Giveaways
Colorit Giveaway-48 Gel Pens with case & refill given away every day in September
Win a Complete Set of J. Herbin 1670 Inks
Stampin' Up! giveaway - Petals & Paisley bundle
ArtistsNetwork Giveaway-Pastel Art Supplies
Willowing Arts Giveaway-5 spaces on Life Book 2017 online workshops
CLARE CURD CRAFTS FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY-Win over £58.00 of goodies
Jerry's Artarama Giveaway-LIKE, ANSWER, & WIN (8) 11x14 Ampersand Pastelboard Panels

Pen & Ink
Review: Sailor Profit Calligraphy Brush Pen

Saturday, September 3, 2016

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

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays
(NOTE: I apologize if my links don't open in separate windows.  Blogger is giving me problems with that, and I can't tell if the windows will work or not).

Zentangle
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
My Diane & Carolien’s B-S-I Challenge Entry
Eni Oken's Shading CHALLENGE #056: Beeline (also 3DTANGLE OVERLAP CALL FOR ENTRIES, 3DTANGLE SHADING CHALLENGES #057 and #058)

Ben Kwok Template: Conch Shell

The Zentangle Community
Tangle Patterns: Tangle Refresher 136

Puf Zentangle Pattern Video
Zentangle® Muster: Pendrills
Plower - VIDEO

Pattern-Collections New: Nesimetria
Pattern-Collections New: Triola

Weekly Zentangle Round-up

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Journal52 Prompt #36: Off With Their Head OR Keep Your Head
Let’s Paint a Realistic Raspberry
How to Make Colorful Papers with Exploding Paints
Free Ebook from Eni Oken-How to Distress Tiles over Porous Paper
World Watercolor Group SEPTEMBER ADVENTURE: TRAVEL MEMORIES Challenge
Alisa Burke free coloring download

Giveaways
Postman's Knock Giveaway- three McCaffery's inks
Jetpens Weekend Giveaway- Staedtler Wopex Pencil & three Pilot FriXion Light Highlighters
Blick Travel Sweepstakes
Jerry's Artarama Give Art a Chance Giveaway-win a $10 gift card to Jerry's Artarama
Colorit Giveaway-48 Gel Pens with case & refill given away every day in September
Scrapbook & Cards Today Giveaway - Chit Chat Chowder collection from Jillibean Soup

Pen & Ink
Ink Shot Review: Blackstone Uluru Red
Rhodia booklet winner review: Crafts planner

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

Zentangle Challenges The Daily New Tangle Challenge Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus Zentangle All Around-Taking it to the Next L...