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A Short Video about My Favorite Brush Pens

I love using the Pentel brush pens with the squeezy bodies, and of course the Pentel Pocket Brush pen. You can read more about them and see them in some different packaging in this linked blog post. Today I’m posting short video I made for my Patreon—RozInterim subscribers. (The video appears at the base of […]

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Review: Clairefontaine Watercolor Sketchbook

  Background on the Testing of This Sketchbook Earlier this year a Clairfontaine representative wrote and asked if I would like to test one of their new watercolor sketchbooks. Typically I buy all materials that I test and review on my website. This time, because I use many Clairfontaine notebooks and love them all I […]

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In Context: Looking at the Arteza Watercolor Book

A short while ago I started testing the Arteza Watercolor Journal. Amazon recommended it to me because of something else I had purchased.  I’m giving you a link to Amazon above because it’s the only place I know to get it. I’m not connected to Amazon in anyway except as a customer, so buy it […]

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Stonehenge Aqua Review Part 2—Ink on the Cold Press Surface and Binding

This is part two of a multi-part review of Stonehenge Aqua (hot and cold press) 140 lb. watercolor papers. Please see part one (which contains a recommendation summary) at this link. While I may have started as a child with color pencils I quickly transitioned to pen and ink. As a result of that I’ve […]

Mixed media sketch on Zeta—Pentel Dye-based brush pen, water brush, watercolor, acrylic marker background and collage. On most smooth papers I've used the dye-based ink of this particular Pentel brush pen lifts off well and creates interesting effects. That wasn't the case on this paper. Lifting this water-soluble ink on this paper was problematic and even gentle attempts led to pilling of the surface.

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

Today is part four of a multi-part series on the Stillman & Birn (S&B) smooth surface Zeta journals. You can read part one here. This post deals with some mix-media approaches and some pros and cons I discovered about this paper. You can read part two here. In this post I write a bit  more […]

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

A couple months ago I picked up a Stillman & Birn Soft Cover Zeta Book. I don’t use Stillman & Birn books. I don’t care for the way they make their hardcover books and their papers are either too lightweight, or in other ways not responsive to the way I work. With so many other […]

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Fabriano Venezia Journals SPINE PROBLEMS: Product Review Update

Above: Quick TV sketch (moving subjects) of a chef on Top Chef. 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia Journal; fiber-tipped pilot brush pen (dull black ink) and light washes of gouache with a 3-inch wide brush. I can no longer recommend Fabriano Venezia Journals. Update 12.5.17: I have another reason to not recommend these. In the one I […]

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Pentalic Traveler Pocket Journal—Product Review

Left: Detail view of color pencil sketch on the 92 lb. cream drawing paper. (A doodle, but Dick and I both think it ended up looking like a friend I haven't seen in decades!) I found the new Pentalic Traveler Pocket Journal on a trip to Wet Paint before the Minnesota State Fair. It has […]

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Letraset Aqua Markers—Lightfastness Test

See the full post for details.

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The Bigger Brush Pen from Faber Castell

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Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens have always had a brush tip variant. These pens come in a wide range of colors (some packaged as sets: landscape, manga). They are lightfast, waterproof, acid free and a favorite of a lot of people.

Well they are out now in a larger size: Faber Castell Pitt Artist Big Brush. All the same wonderful colors available in the original line are available in the larger size. The image at the top of this post shows the relative line quality/size of the two pens. You can see the large tip really is quite a bit larger and allows you to do some fat lines if you work on the side of the tip (as shown on the right side of the image).

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