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Fabriano Mixed Media Paper in Economical Pads

  So the other day I was in Wet Paint and I saw a pad on display—Fabriano Mixed Media Paper in a 9 x 12 inch pad from Savoir Faire. There were 150 sheets in the pad. It was on sale for $15.99. (Which meant each sheet was about 10 cents which is a great […]

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Introspection and Gratitude

Today’s image has nothing to do with Memorial Day. I simply like to post a sketch with each blog post. I have written a post on Memorial Day pretty much every year I’ve had the blog. I think I’ve covered what I need to say about Memorial Day. I have a lot to be grateful […]

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Using Only a Few Brush Strokes

Earlier this week I wrote about working quickly with the brush pen and all the benefits of different quick approaches. But you can also work quickly with watercolor washes. You pretty much force yourself to do this if you work with a large flat watercolor brush. (Here I used a 1.5 inch wide brush.) Why […]

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Another Portrait on Canson Heritage Watercolor Paper

One thing I found that I really liked with Canson Heritage watercolor paper was the way a wide range of pens worked beautifully on its surface. (I was testing the hot press surface.) In this portrait I used a fountain pen filled with Platinum Carbon Black and two Sakura Pigma Professional brush pens with solid […]

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Another Peek at Canson Heritage Watercolor Paper

  I have already given my thoughts and recommendations about this paper and you can find them under “Canson Heritage” using the blog’s search engine or category list. This is a 100 percent cotton paper that has a non-animal sizing.  But I wanted to share another piece I did which had some lifting out. This […]

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Painting on Canson Heritage Watercolor Paper

    I’ve already written a little bit about Canson Heritage Watercolor paper in a couple posts on the blog. I’ve admitted that I like the way my pens work on its hot press surface. I’ve admitted that even though it has a non-gelatin sizing I enjoy working on it either with transparent washes  or with […]

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Mop Brushes Are Your Friend

I know that sometimes you want that special brush that has the delightful point and gives you all the detail you crave. Today’s post isn’t about that brush. That brush is great when you need it, but if it’s the only brush you’re using your work is going to look fussy very fast. So what […]

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More Dry Brush: Portraits

I wanted to revisit the idea of dry brush watercolor used in portraits again today. This portrait, also made with leftover paint has light, transparent base washes still showing through at the edges of the next and around the beard and hair. But here also you can see the exaggerated way in which I use […]

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Thinking about Dry Brush Portraits

One of my favorite things to do is to paint with watercolor in a dry brush fashion. What does that mean? Dry brush means that there is relatively little water on your brush. You move the pigment carrying brush across the paper and the brush picks up the texture of the paper.  For the best […]

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Project Friday—Let’s Collage

In this post I’ll walk you through a recent collage I made. This isn’t something that I preplanned. It’s simply something that I worked on with the materials at hand, moving from one thought to the next.  I’ve turned the step-by-step into a Project Friday because I hope you’ll get up from the computer, make […]

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