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Fitting More Pans in a Square Metal Palette from Schmincke

As the Minnesota State Fair approaches of course I’ve been testing pigments and making choices on what gear I’ll be taking to the Fair for sketching. Today I’m posting about adapting my favorite metal palette box to contain more pans of paint—because sometimes you need more pans. I’ve been a fan of the Schmincke metal […]

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Project Friday: A Bit More on Brush Pens

To wrap up Brush Pen week I was going to go on an on about the brush pen some more, but I realized that in 2015 I wrote a post that includes a video on brush pens from Jet Pens as well as a bunch of links to various brush pen posts in my blog. […]

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Thoughts on The Issues Involved in Using Brush Pens

If you’ve never used a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (PPBP) before getting it going might be a little confusing at first. You need to unscrew the top from the barrel and insert the Pentel ink cartridge. There is a little cylindrical opening at one end of the cartridge. That’s the top. You need to push […]

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My Love Affair with the Pentel Brush Pen

I love the brush pen so much that I write about it almost constantly. Every so often I make a concerted effort to get people to try it. That’s what this week is about. My blog posts are all brush-pen related. I’d like to begin by mentioning that I didn’t always like the brush pen. […]

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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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I Can’t Resist a Cute Dog

I’ve never been able to resist cute dogs. (I have a very broad definition of what constitutes cute—just ask my friends who go on walks with me and put up with my frequent stops to chat up dogs.) I thought you might enjoy this cute dog experiment. I selected an image from Sktchy because I […]

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Review of Strathmore’s Vision Watercolor Paper

One thing you have to remember when testing paper is that less expensive papers aren’t going to do all the things that you want them to do. It’s a matter of trade offs. Is it essential that your favorite pen work on a paper, or that you can add watercolor washes, or use color pencil? […]

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Review of the Dylusions Creative Journal

If the above video doesn’t play, please click on the YouTube link to view it. Today I am reviewing the Dylusions Creative Journal from Ranger Ink. You can find it in many locations via a Google search. There are a variety of sizes for this journal. (I have the 9 x 12 inch journal. There […]

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Searching for a New Rubber-Stamp Ink

I use pigmented rubber-stamp ink in my artwork. It’s a crucial part of what I like to do—creating surface texture with stamped lines and words: a type of visual collage without glue. (Don’t get me started on my problems finding a new glue.) It’s hard to believe I’ve been looking for a stamp ink replacement […]

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Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper Meets the Pentel Pigment Brush Pen

This post was originally published on February 6, 2017 during my site transition. Left: Quick sketch on 9 x 12 inch (approx.) piece of Fluid 100 cold press 140 lb. watercolor paper, using a Pentel Pigment Brush Pen (squeezy gray barrel). Click on the image to view an enlargement. Sometimes you meet papers that immediately […]

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