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Hahnemühle Watercolor Sketchbook Review: Part 2

This is part two of a three part series on the Hahnemühle Watercolor sketchbook. Please click on this link to read part 1. Today I am going to look at two aspects of paper response in this watercolor sketchbook. These techniques are important to me and therefore I select books containing paper which can handle […]

Platinum Carbon Black ink fountain pen sketch with watercolor washes. This page was taped off with Nichiban masking tape. The tape removed cleanly. As mentioned in the text the paper buckles from the watercolor application—this is clearly see at the top of the scan where the page is wavy even when placed weighted on the scanner. I made this sketch later in my use of the book and am starting to grow accustom to water usage on the paper. The cold press texture of the paper allows interesting puddles of paint when using sedimentary colors like Azure blue. Mixing colors on the page is possible because of the quality of the sizing and the flow it promotes. (I was testing a palettes of new colors for this sketch.)

Hahnemühle Watercolor Sketchbook Review: Part 1

Today I’m going to begin a three part review of the Hahnemühle Watercolor Sketchbook. I suggest that you read all three parts before purchasing. I will write more about this in a moment. This sketchbook was released in 2017. I purchased two in the summer of 2017 but was unable to work in them until […]

A stack of signatures made by tearing down large sheets of Nideggen paper—they await binding.

The Potentiality of the Page

I write a lot on the blog about using the types of papers that you want to work on so that you can push your work forward in intentional ways. One of the simplest ways to do that if you work in a bound journal is to bind your own journals with the papers you […]

Here's a closer look at those dirty washes.

In Context: Dirty Brushes

In general I like to start a work session with clean brushes. Which means you want to end a session by cleaning your brushes. Sometimes when I’m sketching out and about there isn’t enough water in my water brush to flush out the bristles. I find that I would rather paint something than worry too […]

Here is a detail of the sketch showing a bit of lifting around the nose.

A Couple More Thoughts on Green and Flat Brushes

I wanted to show another green-based watercolor I worked on last year while I was testing the Hahnemühle Watercolor Sketchbook. (A review with lots of details about that paper and the binding of that sketchbook will appear in a couple weeks.)  Today’s image was created mostly with watercolor flats. I went in with round brushes […]

After completing a quick sketch with a solid fiber-tipped brush pen I picked up my 1 inch flat watercolor brush and added in washes on this piece.

Play with Different Brushes as Well as Different Pigments: More Green

I have been using a lot of green lately, so I’m not finished with my green series yet! While sketching the image shown today I used a 1 inch flat to apply the watercolor. Flats are great fun because you can turn them on edge and get lines, and you can touch the corner of […]

Another direct brush painting withe greenish umber, azure blue, and a bit of red (didn't note down the pigment).

Project Friday: Direct Brush Painting and Some More Green

In Monday’s post I wrote about how I am pushing myself to use more greens. Greens aren’t just for landscapes (which is good because I don’t do many landscapes). If you look closely you can often find green tones in people’s faces. But you can also abandon realistic color and go in with a variety […]

A 9 x 12 inch brush pen portrait with watercolor washes and a Montana Marker acrylic background. That yellowish color—that's Schmincke's Green Yellow.

This Is Not A Review—The Best Laid Plans

  Today I was going to start a week long review of either a sketchbook I’ve been working in or a paper I’ve been working on for the first part of the year. But life happened. Those reviews will still come along, probably in April. All the images are scanned and organized, I just haven’t […]

Examples of the Simple Round Back Spine structure with cloth covered boards and recessed labels. (The book in the back has a raised label effect we will discuss.)

Simple Round Back Spine 2018 Class Registration Opens Today

Registration for “The Simple Round Back Spine” online bookbinding class opens today, Friday, March 9, 2018. Click on the link to go to the registration page. Class begins on March 31, 2018 with all lessons dropping at once so that students can work at their own pace during the month while I’m in the classroom […]

Read the text of today's p out to understand my process for this sketch.

Just Enjoy What You Do: Or—Drawing as an Analogy of Goal Setting

I’ve spent the week on my blog going over self-evaluations and the need for goals. Sometimes it’s important to just enjoy what you do—what you did. In today’s post there’a a sketch of a young man with green hair. I did this sketch from a Sktchy photo.  It’s actually sort of an analogy for what […]

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