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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 […]

Detail of the female portrait.

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 […]

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 […]

Moods and Momentum in Your Daily Drawing Practice

The sketch in today’s post is the first sketch I did on the day following my November 19, 2017 fall (torn tendons and ligaments, and small fracture in left foot). I think you can tell from the sketch exactly how high my frustration level is as I sit up with a pen, my foot in […]

The large, about 9 x 11 inch Japanese Lined Journal that I love to sketch in with the Pentel Brush Pen and Acrylic Markers. Carl Too is standing around watching the paper dry.

What’s on the Table?—The Curl of the Paper

I just love working in my favorite Japanese Lined Journals from APICA. The paper loves the Pentel Brush Pen. Sometimes I work in gouache on this paper, but sometimes I leave the sketch as is and turn the page. Other times I put in an acrylic marker background. I used an orange 15mm wide Montana […]

Direct brush sketch with sedimentary colors.

Part Three: Working in the Smooth Zeta Soft-bound Journal from Stillman & Birn

This is part three of a multi-part review of the smooth Zeta soft-bound journals from Stillman & Birn (S&B). You can see part one here. Yesterday I posted part two here. Working in Watercolor on the Smooth Zeta Paper I think it’s fair to say that most of my blog readers work with wet media—most […]

Using the Sakura Pigma Professional Brush pen in FB on the smooth Zeta paper. The lines are crisp, the pen is a bit draggy on this surface.

Part Two: Working in the Smooth Zeta Soft-bound Journal from Stillman & Birn

This is part two of a multi-part review of the Stillman & Birn (SB) Smooth Zeta Soft-bound journal. You can see part one here. Today I wanted to look at two approaches for which the smooth heavyweight Zeta is suited. Mixed Media Because of its weight the paper is particularly suited to collage and mixed […]

Page from a test booklet made with 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico Hot Press Watercolor paper. As people come and go I keep layering sketches on the page. It's a very small waiting room.

Update on Richard’s Eye

Thank you to everyone who wrote sending me good wishes for Dick!  For Dick routine cataract surgery turned into anything but routine. It took 11 weeks but the epithelial defect has healed in Dick’s eye. “You have the most sensitive eyes I’ve ever seen,” his regular eye doctor, who did the surgery, said 9 weeks in […]

My gouache start was obviously going nowhere, there was too much drag. I moved on to color pencil.

Review of Strathmore’s Vision Watercolor Paper

One thing you have to remember when testing paper is that less expensive papers aren’t going to do all the things that you want them to do. It’s a matter of trade offs. Is it essential that your favorite pen work on a paper, or that you can add watercolor washes, or use color pencil? […]

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