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Saying Good-bye To Rubber Stamping?

Left: Six stacks of drawers and a couple boxes of materials waiting for the pick up. (Materials on the table are from an aborted trip I couldn't take because of an injury—I didn't even worry about putting that stuff away, I was that focused on sending the stamps to their new home.) The boxes contain the […]

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Protected: Was He Tired Or Was I? (Eyebrow Update)

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Winsor & Newton Pigmented Alcohol Markers

Above: Marker sketch made using the Winsor & Newton Alcohol-Based Pigment Markers on their special marker paper. A week or so ago Wet Paint and Winsor & Newton (W&N) held a party to introduce Winsor & Newton's Alcohol-Based Pigment Markers. Note: these are DIFFERENT from their Watercolor Markers. You can read a review of the […]

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Protected: Project Friday: Just Get Something Down on Paper

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Platinum Carbon Fountain Pen—Returning to Tools You’ve Used Before

Left: First sketch using the Platinum Carbon Pen, after a long absence. I was sketching from an old photograph. This is my Shinola Sketchbook test book. Montana Marker background. Sometimes a tool doesn't work the way we would like. It might not feel right in your hand, you might not get the line quality or […]

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Eyebrow Update: My All-Time Favorite Sketch of Richard and His Eyebrows (so far)

Above: Dick, sketched from life using a non-photo blue pencil, on an 8 x 8 inch page in the Seawhite journal. The writing at the bottom reads "Caran D'Ache Sketcher, non-photo blue; 6.12.16, 5 min. sketch; Dick standing in kitchen, overhead light and side." There seems to be a piece of lint on the scanner, […]

A New Pencil Case: Review of the Sun-Star Delde Slide Pen Pouch

If the above video doesn't run, go to YouTube to view it there. The above video shows the Sun-Star Deldie Slide Pen Pouch and discusses its attributes more easily than writing a post about it would do. I encourage you to watch the video if you're interested in pencil cases that open from the top […]

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Cynicism, Hope, and Painting’s Life Lessons

Above: Sketch of Dick sitting in the TV room next to a bright light. Read below for details. Friday was movie night and we watched “Welcome to Happiness.” It’s a quirky film that doesn’t have super heroes, mutants, or trips into galaxies far, far away. I enjoyed almost every moment, though more than once I […]

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Tim Holtz Distress Crayons: A Review

Above: Test page and notes on this product. Earlier this month I posted about sketching with “Distress Crayons” from Tim Holtz. You can see that first post here.   Today I’ve posted two other trial pages, both from a Fabriano Venezia journal which takes wet media. I have comments about using the medium on both […]

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Slip Sliding Away—Distress Crayons

Above: Quick sketch of Dick to test Distress Crayons—read more below. I know some of you can’t absorb another “eyebrow” update, but hey, I deal with them every day! Besides, now that we don’t have any pups and Gert is disintegrating (a rubber wasting disease of some sort I suppose) Dick is the most readily available […]

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