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In Contest—Paper Comparisons

If you are testing papers to see whether you like working on them then it is important that you test all your usual techniques to ensure that the paper will respond in ways that support those techniques. Since prepainting backgrounds is an important part of the play and puzzle aspect of my practice comparison tests […]

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In Context—Paper Testing

For the first two months of 2018 I tested both the hot press and cold press versions of the new Stonehenge Aqua 140 lb. watercolor paper.  To do that I first bound two books. One contained hot press paper, the other cold press. I then used all the usual pens and paints I typically use […]

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Simple Approaches for Backgrounds—A Five-Part Series: Part 2 Multi-color Backgrounds

This is Part Two of a five-part series on executing simple backgrounds in your journal or other artwork. Part One of this series can be found at this link. One of the simplest, yet most interesting approaches to a background, especially for a portrait, is to have broken color. This means that one or more […]

Here's another detail of today's sketch so you can see the paper and stroke texture.

New Winsor & Newton Watercolor Paper Part 3: Professional Hot Press

This is the third and final part of my three part series on the new watercolor paper lines from Winsor & Newton: Professional, which is their wood-free fine-art line; and Classic which is their wood-pulp (but acid free) paper. See part one in the series here. Note that this is the NEW Winsor & Newton […]

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New Winsor & Newton Watercolor Paper Part 2: Classic Cold Press

Before doing my watercolor demo at Wet Paint on April 7, 2018 I had to test the “Classic” cold press sample I’d been given. I feel that “Classic” is a bit confusing as names go. To me that sounds like “traditional,” or “original.” While I don’t drink Coca Cola, it sounds like Coke Classic and […]

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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 […]

Uniball Vision pen with green-black ink sketch and watercolor, paint pens, and acrylic marker on Stonehenge Aqua hot press watercolor paper.

Mixed Media—Working Loose When Your Ink Runs

It can easily happen to anyone at any time—you do a really cool ink sketch, get the watercolors (or other water-based medium) out, start to paint, and watch as the ink color dissolves from the line and spreads into your paint. This bothers a lot of my students. I’ve even heard them gasp, cry out, […]

Direct brush sketch with watercolor on the new Winsor & Newton Watercolor Paper.

New Winsor & Newton Watercolor Paper Debut at Wet Paint

Mark your calendars. Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be painting demonstrations to celebrate the release of the new Winsor & Newton Watercolor paper at Wet Paint, in St. Paul MN. The first 100 attendees will receive a free 22 x 30 inch sample sheet of this 140 lb. […]

Detail of the female portrait.

Hahnemühle Watercolor Sketchbook Review: Part 3

Today is the final part of my three-part review on the Hahnemühle Watercolor Sketchbook. See Part One of the review here. See Part Two of the review here In today’s post I wanted to write about the book structure itself. I’ll then wrap up with a final comment about the paper quality. Binding and Covering […]

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 […]

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