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In Context: Looking at the Arteza Watercolor Book Part 3

Here’s a page from the large Arteza Watercolor Book I’m reviewing. Nothing written on this page, so I’ll just spell it out. I started with direct brush ink wash, but wanted more, so continued with watercolor (with some white gouache added to some of the colors). Now you can’t see any of the ink wash. […]

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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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In Context: Looking at the Arteza Watercolor Book Part 2

Key Points This is part two of my in context review of the Arteza Watercolor Book. (You can find them on Amazon and the link is in the first post in this series.) Use the navigation at the bottom of this post to go back to the first post in this series. There’s no text […]

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Project Friday: Go Ahead, Paint on Lightweight Drawing Paper

If there is one thing I would like to communicate to blog readers it’s that you need to go ahead and paint on whatever paper you have at hand. Simply because in the process of making the paint stick to paper that isn’t meant to have wet media on it you learn something about the […]

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Registration for Textures Class Closes Friday

I enjoy pre-painting journal pages with a variety of media. I work ahead in my journals this way. Then when I turn to a pre-painted page I use that page to challenge myself to come up with a visual solution. It’s a lot of fun, and a great way to build layered, rich pages, with […]

23 x 21 inch piecemeal portrait of a dog. Brush pen, watercolor and collage.

Piecemeal Portrait of a Dog

If you’ve been reading the blog for even a short while you’ll know that I enjoy making what I call “piecemeal style.” Please use the category list or the blog’s search engine to find many more examples of this.  Here’s one post to get you started. If you’ve been an online student of mine in […]

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Using Watercolor Flats and a Bit on Back-Runs

In this experiment on Canson Heritage Hot Press 140 lb. watercolor paper from the end of 2018 I used only a 1 inch large flat watercolor brush.  I’ve written other posts about how you can use the edge of the brush to do more linear bits, like the creases in the forehead, but in the […]

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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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Working Quickly with the Brush Pen

One of my favorite things to do is to work directly, and quickly with a Pentel Pigmented brush pen. I’ll sit and sketch this way when I’m out and about, or when I’m at home watching TV. If Dick is at home I’ll sketch him this way (though those pesky eyebrows of his cause problems!). […]

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Textures: Backgrounds for Visual Journaling and Mixed Media Begins June 1, 2019

  “Textures: Backgrounds for Visual Journaling and Mixed Media” registration is now open. Class begins on June 1.  There are 6 weeks of lessons in which students work through the process of creating backgrounds for their artwork. I share my favorite materials and approaches and provide detailed information on those materials so that you can […]

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