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Tease for upcoming giveaway

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Be sure to visit my blog on Sunday 4/2/17.  I'll be hosting another giveaway for Exaclair, USA!

I'm reviewing the Artist Coloring Book: Birds  from Clairefontaine, a French paper manufacturer noted for producing quality paper that is fountain pen friendly, resistant to show-through or bleed-through. Six people will have a chance to win a copy of their own.

Be there or be square (isn't it about time for that phrase to become popular again?).



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Handmade Stonehenge Aqua Watercolor journal #StonehengeAqua #Watercolor #LegionPaper

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I have several watercolor journals, both bought and handmade, that I'm working in at the moment, and have absolutely no need for another one.

So I made another one anyway, lol.

I used several sheets of the Stonehenge Aqua 300 lb watercolor paper that I recently received from Legion Paper.  These sheets are heavy enough that they won't warp or buckle and don't need anything beneath them or stretching or taping down.  They'll hold up, not just to watercolor, but gluing and mixed media and almost anything. So this will be a great book for art journaling or plein air.

The cover painting was a quick study I did, mostly to see how well the Stonehenge Aqua Hot Press paper held up to masking fluid.  I used the masking fluid on the stones and splattered it in the sky, then let it set for two days.  Generally, the longer you let masking fluid set, the harder it is to remove.
My painting took about 15 minutes and I let it dry for about the same amount of time.  The masking fluid…

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52 Weeks of Watercolor Painting 2017 No.10 #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorPainting #StillmanAndBirn

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February's flowers are Violets and Primroses and I think I got Pansies instead but I couldn't resist the color because I wanted to play some more with the new Daniel Smith Wisteria watercolor. You get an interesting shade of blue when you mix it with Phthalocyanine Blue.



I'm using a Stillman and Birn 9x12 Beta series wirebound sketchbook for all my '52 Weeks of Watercolor Paintings 2017'.
The brushes used were a ConnSilver Black Velvet 16 inch, Connoisseur White Mop Goat Hair Brush, #4 Round, and Dynasty Black Gold 3/8 Dagger. The Mijello Mission Gold watercolors used were Bamboo Green, Permanent Yellow Light, Cerulean Blue (PB15:3, which would be Phthalo Blue in any other brand) and Permanent Rose.  I also used Daniel Smith Wisteria.

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Review: Spectrum Noir Illustrator Twin Tip Markers Sketching Set Of 12 #SpectrumNoir #IllustratorMarkers #AlcoholMarkers

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Recently I won  a 12 set of  Spectrum Noir Illustrator Twin Tip Markers.  There are four 12 marker sets - Figure, Sketching, Seascape and Landscape. I won the Sketching set.  So, of course, I had to review them - that's just what I do!



General information about all Illustrator markers:

216 colorsartist-gradedual-tipped alcohol ink markerssuper-fine nib for precision on one endbrush nib for versatility on other endblendable and streak free coverage  Designed to help you understand the color wheelAvailable in tonal sets for easy shadingFast-drying inkNon-toxicErgonomic barrel design for greater comfortRefillableDouble-layered marker caps for extended time between refills Besides the four 12-marker sets there are also eight sets of six markers - Basics, Hues, Tints, Tones, Neutrals, Portrait, Earth and Essentials. There are no color duplicates between sets.

How do they differ from the Original Spectrum Noir markers?
The Illustrator markers have a brush nib and a super-fine nib rather …

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Evening Garden Party #StonehengeAqua #Watercolor #LegionPaper

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Totally not sure about this painting.  Not sure what I wanted to achieve - something vaguely Gauguin-ish.  Not sure if it worked.

I didn't fail.  The painting does evoke some feeling of satisfaction, though it doesn't feel quite right.  Areas were getting overworked, so I stopped and will just consider this an exploration of possibilities.


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Easter Card Early #Easter #LegionPaper #EasterBunny

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Every year I plan to make an Easter card for my mother and every year I put it off until it is too late.  This year I got ahead of the game and Voilà! I actually did a card.

It doesn't show very well in the scan, but the card is 3D.  I drew my picture on Stonehenge Aqua hot press press with my electronic Cuttlelola dotspen. then colored it with colored pencils, which worked nicely on that paper.

I cut the drawing out, separating the bunny and his egg from the nest with the Happy Easter greeting and glued tabs in the back to make each stand out from the card, and the nest a little further out than the bunny.  I had a card that I had previously colored blue, planning to use it for something in the future, and I glued the tabs to this card.


The Original Drawing

Colored with Colored Pencil before cutting out the pieces


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Quick Studies in Watercolor #Watercolor #DanielSmith #WetInWet

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For the last class of winter watercolor class, we just played with the paint.  We did several 5 - 15 minute paintings, playing with the wet-in-wet technique.

Most of what I did wasn't worth posting.  I didn't use any reference photos, just pulled something from my head. It's funny.  I draw this way all the time, but almost never do it when I'm painting. When drawing, I often use color, and often use a brush pen, but to do the same thing with watercolor or acrylic is much more difficult for me.  Probably because I usually have something specific in mind before I start to paint, whereas I usually just start drawing and then decide what it should be.  Ain't the human brain funny?

And what is that creature in the third painting? I think he might be a fox by way of a kangaroo, lol!






52 Weeks of Watercolor Painting 2017 No. 9 #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorPainting #StillmanAndBirn

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I've got to get a better workspace for my painting.  I managed to smear this one while reaching to get something.  I'm always spilling or smearing something.  It's the workspace, I tell you - not that I'm a klutz.

Fortunately, I was able to smooth out the smear so it looks like I was trying to show streaks of light.  No mistakes, only opportunities!

A bit late in the game, I decided 2017 will be all about flowers, and that I'll paint the flower(s) of the month (U.S. style).  Since I missed January and February, I'm splitting March, painting January's Snowdrop, February's Primrose, and then two weeks of March's Daffodils.

Really working the negative painting technique and once again surprised at how quickly I can get deep, dark values with Mission Gold paints.


I'm using a Stillman and Birn 9x12 Beta series wirebound sketchbook for all my '52 Weeks of Watercolor Paintings 2017'.
The brushes used were a Silver Black Velvet 1 inch flat and D…

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Mini Review: Pigma Micron PN Pens #Sakura #Micron #Zentangle

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When I saw that Sakura had come out with a new version of the Pigma Micron I had to try it out.  I immediately purchased the 'Sakura Pigma Micron PN, Assorted Colors, 8PC Set'.



So what is different about this set as opposed to the fiber tipped Pigma Micron that we all love and are used to?  The ink is still quick drying, waterproof, fade resistant, archival and pH neutral according to the Sakura website.  I'll be testing that out over the next few weeks.

The difference is in the nib.  It's a hard plastic that is more durable than the fiber tip.  I have used other brand pens with similar nibs, but none of them had the Pigma Micron ink, so I'm excited to see how these hold up.


All the pens in this set have the same size nib.  Info on the site says that you can get a fine or medium line width (0.4mm to 0.5mm) by varying the pressure.  I found that I could vary the line size, but haven't quite learned how to do it on demand yet.

The 8 piece set has pens in black, …

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