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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 […]

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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, […]

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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. […]

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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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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 […]

Direct brush sketch using a heavily opaque watercolor which breaks up delightfully on the texture of this Jack Richeson Recycled Watercolor paper. (English Red)

Looking Again at Jack Richeson Recycled Watercolor Paper

  In 2012 I did a bunch of paintings and tests of Jack Richeson Recycled Watercolor Paper. It’s a 135 lb. Cold press paper that has a decidedly grey white color.  In one of my posts on this paper I actually admitted that the paper made me feel “very odd.” I shouldn’t like it. It’s […]

Painting with ink washes on top of a pre-painted background texture. Actor Yannick Bisson in "Murdock Mysteries." Fabriano Artistico Cold Press 140 lb. watercolor paper.

Ink Wash on Pre-Painted Background Textures

Textures make me smile. What can I sketch on one today? I ask. The other day I made this brush pen and ink wash sketch on a pre-painted background texture. I love the way the yellow bits of textured background show as a glow here and there while the warmer reds come through as warmth […]

Pen and watercolor sketch on Stonehenge Aqua Cold Press 140 lb. Watercolor paper (review of the paper coming in February).

In-Context: Just Go With It—Follow Your Nose

Often one sketch will lead to another. The other day, the world turned on its end and I was feeling a bit dark. I did some rapid fire sketches of all sorts of monsters in thumbnail. I’d post them but you wouldn’t be able to tell what they are. Just know they were tiny and […]

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