Dog Days—X: Reminder for “Paws on Grand” and Another Look at Painting on Stonehenge

August 5, 2011

See the post for full details.

Above: Another practice dog sketch, in a handmade 8 x 8 inch journal using white Stonehenge. Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and light washes of gouache. (Spread cropped because the text isn't important here: I just have to remember to wear my glasses.)

Don't forget that Sunday, August 7, is "Paws on Grand." Join us at Wet Paint to celebrate. Artists will be on hand sketching free pet portraits from noon to 3 p.m. (rain or shine).

(Note: I am still undecided as to which medium I'll be using at "Paws on Grand," this Sunday. Due to established size and time constraints I will probably not be working in color or wet media. You'll just have to show up and see what happens!)

110713LabDetail Right: Detail from the above pen and gouache sketch. I liked the colors so much and thought you could really see the overlapping of the paints on this page of Stonehenge, so here's a closer view.

I've been experimenting with yellow ochre and cobalt blue and this page is one of the results. I've been using the Niji waterbrush so much that I'm having a bit of a learning curve adjusting to a regular brush that holds a lot of color. But it's fun, and not painful.

Stonehenge is a printmaking and drawing paper, but don't let that stop you from working with wet media on it, or mixed media. It's different from watercolor paper in that it doesn't have the same sort of sizing that floats your washes over the sheet for a bit. But if you're game you can play around with your water and pigment levels and adapt. I haven't experienced any bleed through, even when working a sheet with lots of layers but I do wait for my layers to be more dry than I would if it were watercolor paper. I do less wet-in-wet work.

    • Miss T
    • August 5, 2011

    Oooh, lovely. Marvelous colors!

  1. Reply

    Miss T, this is one of my favorite and definitely a direction I will go in future. Sadly it’s too big for what we are working with on Sunday. I need to work in 5 x 7 inches and my experiments weren’t working out. So I’ve gone a different way altogether in my plans for Sunday.

    But I’ll use these colors more in my work for fun!

    • LizzieBo
    • August 5, 2011

    Here I am, going to the beach again, and I have a travel palette question. I bought one (okay, a couple) of those little kids’ palettes from Wet Paint (yes, I managed to convince myself that I needed enough other items to make the mail order worth it). You mention in your travel palette post that yours holds 11 colors. I can see how you do that if you hot glue (or whatever you use) the little brush holder partitions. My question is, don’t those middle colors get muddied up pretty easily? Are you just that careful or do you live with that in order to get 11 colors? My husband wants to know, does asking the first question makes me a Roz groupie? I told him, not unless I start my own blog where we talk about how Roz sets up her palette.

  2. Reply

    LizziBo, first we need to be talking about the same palette.
    Go to
    the smallest palette in that photo, in the center of the photo, there are two of them near a quarter, are what I was writing about when I said I get 11 colors in my small palettes.

    There are 8 holes and a space between the rows. In that space I put three additional colors just in blobs. They are colors I don’t use often, white, titanium buff, and metallic gold, so muddying up isn’t much of an issue. But look at my palettes—do you think that really matters to me? The only important thing is that you not get your white into your other paints.

    I use no hot glue at all in these palettes.

    Now if you look to the left in the photo I’ve sent you to with the above link you’ll see an UNFILLED box, a portion of it. That’s a medium small palette that I use sometimes and do use hot melt glue to complete the container edges of the “pans” at the end of each row. You can clearly see the brownish globs of hot melt glue that sticks to metal.

    If you go now to this post
    and scroll down to the SECOND image you’ll see that medium small palette all filled with gouache. You can see the 12 original “pans” it comes with are filled with color. I have hot melt glued in one whole pan (on the left) and 3 half-pans all in the center area. Above the whole pan I’ve put my white (zinc) and below the center half pan I have my gold. Not shown in this photo the two remaining spaces above and below the next two half pans are also fileed with color as indicated by the accompanying chart.

    While the pans I glued in weren’t meant to seal surrounding areas and I’m sure there is some space the paint can flow when wet from the 4 non-pan spaces, I haven’t noticed any issues with mingling of colors from those 4 spaces.

    Your question does not make you a Roz groupie, but good luck with the blog should you decide to start one: it always helps to have a focus! And that might just be narrow enough to provide challenge and fun.

    Have a great day at the beach.

    • LizzieBo
    • August 6, 2011

    Thank you, that answers my question. I was talking about the first very tiny palette. I have found that very useful – I can take it out and put it away with almost no fuss while I’m waiting between things and keep it with me for when I need it. I am also enjoying the Niji waterbrush with it. However, I must be not as adept at controlling my water, since I have flooded that center section several times. I have hot glued it into three sections and will see how that does. Thanks again for the advice. I also read Paul Krugman’s blog and one called Calculated Risk (that looks at raw economic reports. I don’t know the name of the man who writes C. R., I just call him “the Calculated Risk guy”, but he is as equally informed about his topic as you are on yours, so it is fascinating to me. My husband laughs at my, “Krugman says, The Calculated Risk guy says, Roz says….” Last night he got a gleem in his eye when I had to detail to him which colors were going to go into my tiny little palette.

    • Linda
    • August 7, 2011

    Hey, Roz, You must be on your way to sketch cause its the sevnth Sunday so have a great day on sketching today’sdogs.
    Can’t wait to read and see your sundays adventure,

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