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Packing for a Trip or Class

Recently a blog reader who is going to SketchKon (see the note later in this post) wrote to me and asked for tips on packing for such a trip. She wanted to know which supplies to bring and what the perfect pack for carrying supplies might be. Very simply keep the following in mind: • […]

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New Winsor & Newton Watercolor Paper Part 1: Professional Cold Press

    Note: This is part one of a three part review of the new Watercolor papers from Winsor & Newton. The others will be coming out over the next week. Please wait to read all the parts before you decide to dive in or hold back. Change Happens: Winsor & Newton Kills One Watercolor […]

Direct brush watercolor sketch on a 4 x 6 inch scrap of book board that was gessoed before sketching.

Five Things To Do When You’ve Got Paper That’s Just Too Bad To Work With

My recent series on Zeta paper in the Stillman & Birn sketchbooks generated a lot of mail about paper. I know a lot of people get part way into a journal, find they aren’t enjoying the paper and feel constrained about wasting the paper by simply jumping to a new journal. I think to stay […]

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Making A Color Chart To Test My 2017 Fall Watercolor Box

Recently I purchased the new fall Schmincke Pan Watercolor Set at Wet Paint. This contains different colors than the one I purchased in the spring, added colors to, and then took to the Minnesota State Fair. While recovering from bronchitis I had some time on my hands so I decided to make a color chart […]

Here's a detail of the test sketch. Look for the great granulation of the Cobalt Azure.

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 […]

A closer look at the paint palettes.

A Look at My Sketching Set Up for International Fake Journal Month

While working on image 30 on April 30, 2017 for this year’s International Fake Journal Month Journal I thought it would be fun to take couple photos of my sketching set up to include in my project. Last week, while trying to make the gallery of images work I forgot to add the set up […]

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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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“Over the Sofa” Show Opens on Thursday, July 14 at the Edina Art Center

Left: One of my sofa-themed 5 x 7 inch gouache paintings—with collage. Gouache on Stonehenge (gray). Click on the image to view an enlargement and see the lovely gold flecks in the collaged pillow shape.  Thursday, July 14 at the Edina Art Center “Over the Sofa” opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. […]

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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, […]

For People Who Purchased the New 10-Tube Schmincke Horadam Gouache Set Last Week—Please Read

I'm posting today to reach anyone who read my blog and purchased the special 10-tube Schmincke Horadam Gouache Set in the past week.   If you purchased this set of gouache last week and followed the instructions it contained for retrieving my Gouache PDF, and you downloaded it before 10:30 CDT today (May 9, 2016), note that there […]

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