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Practice: Thinking about Ricky Jay

  Writer, historian, magician, performer, actor, Ricky Jay died on Saturday, November 24,  at the age of 72. While a man who knew how to run all the classic short and long cons might not seem the ideal role model you need to take a closer look. Here is someone who spent his life observing […]

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The Blackwing Notebook

Sometimes I simply can’t help myself when I find lined notebook paper. A few months ago I was in Wet Paint and they had small notebooks by Blackwing (the company that makes the pencils with the rectangular erasers—I use the soft lead version to do my daily sudoku). The notebook is about 3.5 x 5.5 […]

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In Context—Just for the Fun of Feeling the Paper

I was having so much fun with this sketch on real watercolor paper, that I forgot to write down the date and time on the page! That’s a lot of fun. I started working late one night in one of the 9 x 11 inch watercolor journals I bound last fall. It contains Fabriano Artistico […]

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A Quick Review of the Leda Art Supply Sketchbook

Why a quick review of the Leda Art Supply Sketchbook? Specifically the “Baby Leda Pocket Sketchbook” which is what I purchased, but seems to be the same paper and construction as the larger version? The paper didn’t work out for me at all. It took three quick sketches to learn what I needed about this […]

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Working on Hahnemühle’s Harmony Watercolor Paper

I’m a hot press paper person. It’s plain and simple. Sure on textured papers if you use the brush pen the line gets all broken up in interesting ways. Great. I love that. But I love the smooth feel of the brush pen moving along smooth, plate smooth paper more. Much more. One of the […]

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Working on Hahnemühle’s Expression Watercolor Paper

I would have sworn that I had already written a review of the Expression (100 percent cotton, cold press, 140 lb.) watercolor paper I’ve been testing. I received a block of this paper at the same time that I received a block of the Harmony paper which is also 140 lb. and is acid free, […]

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The Field Artist Watercolor Journal: A Review

It has been several months since I first picked one of these up. This review will be heartbreaking for me to write. They came so close with this commercially bound journal—sewn signatures, paper that actually liked watercolor, several convenient sizes, a covering material that’s pleasant to hold… So What Is Wrong With This Book? The […]

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In Contest—Paper Comparisons

Note: Oops, that’s embarrassing, a typo in the post’s title. “In Context.” To change it now will mess up the permalink. 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 […]

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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 […]

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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