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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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Change Up Your Tools to Discover New Mark Making Possibilities

Left: Direct brush portrait of Dick as he sat in the TV room with a light crossing him. (9 x 12 inch sheet of smooth yardstick). Read below for more details. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Paintings of Dick often start with leftover paints. On this day I had some gouache leftover […]

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Giving the Pentel Duo Point Brush Pen a Workout (and a bonus Eyebrow Update)

Above: A 12-minute sketch of Dick as he sat under a bright light on the couch in the TV room—9 x 12 smooth cardstock journal. While I'd done a shorter (time duration) first sketch with this pen, this was the first sketch where I explored all the different types of lines I could get from […]

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Quick Gouache Portrait on Hahnemühle Nostalgie

Above: Gouache sketch in a large A4 (8.27 x 11.69 inch) portrait orientation Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook. I started with raw sienna brush lines and just kept painting. It was way past the time to put out fresh white as I was using up paint, but it was too fun to stop and put the filbert down. (Mixing […]

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It’s That Time of Year Again—Puffy Coats

Left: A Sakura Pigma Profesional FB (Fine Brush) Pen sketch in a small (A6) landscape Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook which I've turned so that the gutter is horizontal and I have a LONG vertical to sketch in. Click on the image to view an enlargement. It happens every year—the temperatures drop (I do live in Minnesota after […]

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Pentel Brush Pens—Duo Point and the Duo Point Flex

Above: Sketches of Carl Too, who is smaller than Carl, using the two Pentel Pens I'm looking at today. The sketch on the verso page is with the Duo Point and the sketch on the recto page is with the Duo Point Flex. You can click on the image to view an enlargement, and you'll […]

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