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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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Project Friday: Bienfang Watercolor Brush Pens

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Letraset Aqua Markers—Lightfastness Test

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