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Painting in the Sheaves #watercolor #StillmanAndBirn #Yarka

Another painting exercise I did in my Gamma Stillman & Birn, that I found in Kory Fluckiger's
 "Watercolor for the First Time' was this one of sheaves of wheat.

It's a very simple painting but pleasant to do. Very meditative. It didn't pick up in the scan, but the background is a pale blue wash.

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Down by the Seashore #Watercolor #WatercolorForTheFirstTime

In the two weeks between watercolor classes, I did some exercises from a book I picked up at the library "Watercolor for the First Time' by Kory Fluckiger.  The book was a little more basic than I really needed but made for good practice.

When I do these exercises, I always try to change things compositionally, often changing some elements, such as colors or objects in the painting.  This lesson was about painting seashells, but I looked some pictures from the morguefile, and chose different shells, and placed them in different parts of the composition.

I did this painting in 5.5 x 8.5 Gamma Stillman & Birn.  The Gamma paper is a little smooth, more like a hot-press, but still accepts light washes.  I worked it to it's limit, but it held up well.

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Elements of Elephant #StillmanAndBirn #LunarBlue #Zentangle

On Monday's post I shared a watercolor painting that I did using Daniel Smith's Lunar Blue.  I wanted to play with it some more, so I covered a couple of pages in my Stillman and Birn Delta sketchbook, and set about to discover how it does as a background for Zentangle-Inspired Art.

I'm not as pleased with the results as I thought I would be, but I've got another page to play with, and I learned a lot from this one.

The Lunar Blue gives the impression of great texture.  All those wrinkles are an illusion, though.  I covered the entire page, then dropped color wet-into-wet here and there. And then I spattered.  I like the look of the spatter, but wishes I hadn't done it once I got started.

This elephant, and the one in the lower left corner, popped out at me right off.  I saw the other two as I was tangling.  So there was no doubt in my mind that this was going to be an elephant-themed page, lol.

So what problems did I encounter?  You can probably see it in the phot…

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Streaming in Lunar Blue #DanielSmith #Watercolor #Yarka

Are you familiar with watercolor paints that granulate? Some paints are formulated so that they have particles of different weights.  When you use them on a paper with tooth, like watercolor paper, then the heavier particles fall into the deeper parts of the paper, while the lighter particles stay on top.

Daniel Smith's Lunar Blue is one of these paints.  According to the amount of water you use, you get anything from a charcoal gray to robin's egg blue peppered with black speckles.  It's a lovely paint, but one that takes a degree of practice to use reliably.  How much water to you use to get the color you want? When you use so much water, it's hard to control the blossoms and backruns, so do you just use them, or keep trying to avoid them?

I've been playing with the color over the last few days, hoping to get a better feel for using it.

I started this piece by simply covering the paper with a wash of Lunar Blue.  I didn't have an actual idea in mind, though I …

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Journal52 Prompt Week 15: Cards #Journal52 #ArtJournal #StillmanAndBirn

I decided to try an experiment this week, and while I don't love the way it turned out, it's okay, and has given me some ideas for other projects.

I had a page with splashes of paint from another project, so I used a Montana Marker with Shock Dark Blue paint to cover it up.  Then I used Derwent Metallic Water-soluble colored pencils to draw my cards.

Colored pencil can be a good choice to color on a dark background.  Not all of them are equal in this respect.  Some brands are better than others, and some colors are better.  Lighter colors such as white, yellow, pink, light blue, etc. are the best choice.  I knew from experience that these metallic pencils did a decent job if I didn't use water on them.

Metallic colors tend to appear differently according to the light, and I found that overall, the drawing was too dark.  I wasn't quite happy with this, but wasn't sure what I wanted to do.

Water-soluble means that pigment--in this case the color left on the page from…

Uniformity Too #StillmanAndBirn #Sakura #Zentangle

On Monday, I posted one of my drawings and how I used the idea of a uniform to determine what elements I would add, and the patterns I would use.

Today's drawing is done using the same method for choosing patterns and deciding what I would include in my drawing.  Yet the two drawings couldn't be more different.

I started with a base of Shock Dark Blue acrylic paint, which wasn't as good of a choice as my Shock Orange from the other painting (applied with Montana Acrylic Paint markers).  Black ink does show up, but grays out and become indistinct.  To make up for this, I decided to use two colors of Sakura's Moonlight Gelly Roll pens--Fluorescent Yellow and Fluorescent Vermilion.  My white Gelly Roll pen was out of ink (oh no!), so I used Zinc White acrylic paint applied with a 1/4 inch flat brush.

There is a black splotch on this.  I don't know what that is. It's a mysterious thing that appeared in the night and won't go away.

As with my orange uniform--I&…

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Uniformity #StillmanAndBirn #Sakura #Zentangle

Aha! I bet I fooled you.

Did you think this post would be about ways to draw something so you'd get uniform results?  Or did you know me well enough to know that is

In fact, I thought this drawing would be a good one to show you exactly the opposite. Well, obliquely the opposite.  This post isn't about the techniques I used to draw of color, but the method I used to make decisions about what to draw.

Sometimes, it's hard to get going, or decide what to put down next.  I did this one day when I was a bit flustered over remodeling problems, and just sort of blank-minded.  I've often mentioned that I usually start drawing and then decide what I'm going to do.  That happened here, and for once, in a way that I can easily share.  If you're interested, read on below.

This drawing was done in a Stillman & Birn Delta sketchbook.  I started with a base of Shock Orange Montana marker acrylic paint, drew the line work with a J. Herbin brush pen, and add…

The Winners of the J. Herbin Creapen have all been notified

If you entered the giveaway I hosted for Exaclair, Inc., please check your emails.  All four winners have been notified.  I'll post the names once all four have responded and I've verified they have U.S. mailing addresses.

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Journal52 2015 Week 14: Sweet Treats #Journal52 #ArtJournal #Zentangle

Ah! A journal prompt that struck a chord!  Week 14's Journal52 prompt was Sweet Treats, and I immediately had an idea for the way I wanted to go with it.

Rather than focusing on the sweet things themselves, I wanted to explore the patterns, Zentangle®-style, that you might find in Sweet Treats.

I've written up a bit about my process and why I chose the mediums I did.  The mediums in question are a J. Herbin brush pen, and Derwent Metallic Water-soluble colored pencils in a Stillman & Birn Delta sketchbook.

To start with, I called up photos of 'Sweets' on the internet, and looked for the some patterns.  I decided to base my format on a box of chocolates, but I took some of my patterns from cookies and pies.  I didn't use Zentangle patterns, per se, but most of the patterns I came up with can be found as Zentangle patterns.

For my line work, I use a J. Herbin Brush pen.  My reasons for that choice:

1) Waterproof black ink
2) The variety of line I can get with a …

Journal52 2015 Week 13: Spring Clean #Journal52 #ArtJournal #GelliPlate

I mentioned on Tuesday that I'd been having problems with inspiration when doing the Journal52 prompts.

I did get some ideas when it came to the Spring Cleaning prompt, but the problem was that I didn't want to do any of them.  I thought about it for a while.  It would be silly to do something I didn't want to do.  That isn't the reason for the prompts or why I'm doing them.

So, thought about what I did want to do.  I've been doing a lot of watercolor painting, so I wanted to do something different.  I hadn't been doing anything with texture for a while, and I did want to do something with a 3D feel.  I had some patterned squares that I'd done for practice with my 3Doodler pen.  I wanted to use those.  The plastic from the 3Doodler pen doesn't stick to paper though, so I knew I'd have to use something to glue it down.

Ah! I hadn't done anything with a glue gun, for a while.  I was set and ready to go.

As with the last prompt, I decided to us…

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Journal52 2015 Week 12: Inspiration Board #Journal52 #ArtJournal #GelliPlate

I'm not sure what the problem is, but I'm having trouble getting inspired by the Journal52 prompts.  Possibly, it's because I'm taking watercolor classes, and my focus is on watercolor.  I do that--get mono-mania-minded on one thing to the point where everything becomes difficult.

So with the prompt 'Inspiration Board', I was feeling no inspiration.  However, I had a couple of backgrounds in my journal, that I'd created with a Gelli Arts monoprinting plate, and one of my fallbacks is to simply use words, so I pulled out my Sakura gellyrolls and used a variety of words and doodles to 'inspire' it up.

I've written a bit about my process below.

If you are unfamiliar with the Gelli Arts gel printing plate, it's block of a thickened jello-like substance--more solid than jello, but it looks and feels like it.  You can put almost any non-alcohol medium on this plate, make patterns in the medium, and then press paper to it, and you get a print on yo…

Review of the J. Herbin CreaPen #CreaPen #Exaclair #JHerbin

The generous Exaclair, Inc. is allowing me to host another Giveaway.  Five winners will receive one of these J. Herbin CreaPens! You can find out how to enter at the end of this post.

Clippable: No
Material: Plastic
Ink Refillable: Yes
Pen Length: Capped -17.2 cm/6.77 in; Posted - 20.1 cm/7.91; Uncapped 16.9 cm/6.65
Ink Color: Black (also comes in Brown, Purple, Blue & Green)
Brush Tip: Synthetic Hair Bristle
Brush Tip Length: 13 mm/0.51 in

Look & Feel
The body and cap are both plastic in black with the name CREAPEN and some swirls in gold.

The tip is a synthetic bristle (as opposed to animal hair or flexible felt tip).  It starts out white but soon takes on the color of the ink.  I've had a few different brush pens, and the length on this one seems to be on the shorter side of the spectrum.   That isn't a matter of good or bad, but it does affect how the pen writes.  Some will prefer this length while others will prefer a longer one.

I couldn't get my camera to captu…