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A New Square Paint Palette From Schmincke

I can’t help myself, my favorite palette box is the Schmincke Square pan box. Since 2000, I’ve been using them for my larger travel palettes of watercolor and gouache—filling them with the paints I want to use. Then for a long time the square box hasn’t been available. (I’ve actually been afraid of loosing my existing […]

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A Look at My Sketching Set Up for International Fake Journal Month

While working on image 30 on April 30, 2017 for this year’s International Fake Journal Month Journal I thought it would be fun to take couple photos of my sketching set up to include in my project. Last week, while trying to make the gallery of images work I forgot to add the set up […]

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I Go Into Facial Overwhelm and Play with Pre-2004 Lukas Watercolors

Left: Lukas Pan Watercolors (with pink Montana Marker background) on a Pentel Brush Pen (pigment) in an 8 inch square Seawhite of Brighton sketchbook. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Note: In this post I'm writing about pre-2004 Lukas Watercolors, read the whole post for the complete story to avoid product confusion. The availability […]

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“Over the Sofa” Show Opens on Thursday, July 14 at the Edina Art Center

Left: One of my sofa-themed 5 x 7 inch gouache paintings—with collage. Gouache on Stonehenge (gray). Click on the image to view an enlargement and see the lovely gold flecks in the collaged pillow shape.  Thursday, July 14 at the Edina Art Center “Over the Sofa” opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. […]

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Why I Love Gouache

Above: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch in a Japanese Lined Journal. This sketch was made on a spread first covered with Montana Acrylic Marker and washi tape. I then painted with gouache, just the areas of the portrait that I wanted to paint, using the paint opaquely when I wanted to obscure the lines and background color, […]

For People Who Purchased the New 10-Tube Schmincke Horadam Gouache Set Last Week—Please Read

I'm posting today to reach anyone who read my blog and purchased the special 10-tube Schmincke Horadam Gouache Set in the past week.   If you purchased this set of gouache last week and followed the instructions it contained for retrieving my Gouache PDF, and you downloaded it before 10:30 CDT today (May 9, 2016), note that there […]

New Custom Schmincke Horadam Gouache Sets Have Arrived at Wet Paint in St. Paul!

If the above video doesn't run you can view it at this link on YouTube. A short while ago on Facebook I let a hint drop that something very fun was going to be happening in May concerning gouache! Well it happened May 4, 2016. The new Schmincke Horadam Custom Gouache Set arrived at Wet Paint […]

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Going Through Withdrawal from International Fake Journal Month

Left: Small Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Schmincke Gouache painting on Arches Cold Press Watercolor board. (4-3/16 x 6-5/8 inches for live area.) Click on the image to view an enlargement. Two days into May and I found that I really couldn’t give up the Arches Cold Press watercolor board, yet. I took a scrap […]

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The Flexbook SKETCHBOOK by Prat: A Review

Above: Flyleaf page (black) and title page of a Flexbook Sketchbook. There is type set on this page where the eye of the finch is located. (Typically I paint over these annoyances.) There is also a place to write your name and return information at the bottom center of the page. Click on the image […]

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Fun on a Textured Background—OK Maybe I Over Did It

Left: Pentel pigment brush pen sketch of Dick sitting in the TV room. (See shirt label at base for the only remaining ink line in the sketch. Other darks are blended neutrals in paint.) Another spread from my end-of-year Nideggen 7-1/2 inch journal. This sketch was made with brush pen and Schmincke Gouache from life working with […]

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