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My gouache start was obviously going nowhere, there was too much drag. I moved on to color pencil.

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? […]

Additional testing notes for rubber-stamp inks.

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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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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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. 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 in my area of the Niji Waterbrush in […]

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Winsor & Newton Pigmented Alcohol Markers

Above: Marker sketch made using the Winsor & Newton Alcohol-Based Pigment Markers on their special marker paper. A week or so ago Wet Paint and Winsor & Newton (W&N) held a party to introduce Winsor & Newton's Alcohol-Based Pigment Markers. Note: these are DIFFERENT from their Watercolor Markers. You can read a review of the […]

Some Thoughts on the Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pens

Above: Sakura Pigma Brush Pen (bold) with Daniel Smith Watercolors. Please note the washes you see here are watercolor NOT ink washes. You cannot make washes with this pen. This sketch is in a Moleskine Sketchbook with the new whiter and toothier paper. Toward the end of my time in my test Moleskine I wanted […]

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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, […]

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 […]

Protected: There’s Still Time To Sign Up for May’s Simple Round Back Spine Bookbinding Class

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Tim Holtz Distress Crayons: A Review

Above: Test page and notes on this product. Earlier this month I posted about sketching with “Distress Crayons” from Tim Holtz. You can see that first post here.   Today I’ve posted two other trial pages, both from a Fabriano Venezia journal which takes wet media. I have comments about using the medium on both […]

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