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Foggy Reflections #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorGroup #Strathmore

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This was a quick study, and was originally planned as a duochromatic (only two colors) piece.  I chose Sennelier Phthalo Green Deep and Daniel Smith Lunar blue.

The Phthalo Green Deep was a mistake, I think, since I wanted a foggy look, and it's a very staining color.  Even though I blotted the middle ground island almost immediately, the value is too dark and I couldn't get it lighter.  But that's the value in quick studies.  You make your mistakes and learn so that you don't ruin something you've worked hours on.

The Lunar Blue worked great for the foggy look, but the two colors were too similar in tone. I decided to make this a triad piece and added a bit of M Graham Quinacridone Rust.  That gave it much needed change in tone, and added some depth.

Approximately 9 x 9 inches, painted with a Silver Black Velvet 1 inch flat and a size 6 round on Strathmore Gemini cold press paper.


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Golden Pheasant - Week 45 of 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #WorldWatercolorGroup #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds #Watercolor

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I'm getting barn shy, now that I'm almost to the end of my 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds, and trying to bring them in early.  I'm pushing and painting when I'm not really into it, and I think it shows.

For that reason, I decided to go easy on the back ground for this one, and just let the colors of the bird shine.  My reference photo ( from the Morguefile archive) didn't show the feet or much of the tail, so I had to fake those from another photo, and only did a so-so job.    I think I'll come back later and try doing a Golden Pheasant again later, when I'm more in the mood for it.



Done using a mix of Winsor Newton, Sennelier Ultramarine Blue, Sap Green, M Graham and Daniel Smith watercolors.

This bird was done in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

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Hidden in the Harem #StillmanAndBirn #WatercolorMarker #ArtJournal

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This was a 'save' from a page of rough sketches and experiments in my softcover Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook.

I'd tested some watercolor graphite, a couple of markers, and done some very rough fingernail compositions on this page, and decided to just draw right over it.  I started the patterns on both ends, and the one eye that was peeking out at me made me think of someone peeping through harem curtains (I was watching a movie about Alexander the Great at the time, so that probably had some influence).

Once I'd drawn my patterns and a second eye, I used a mix of Tombow, Stabilio and Distress markers to color it all in.


Winter Sunrise #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorGroup #Strathmore

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Another sky done in watercolor class.  I used a triad of Winsor Newton Cobalt Blue, Permanent Rose, and Lemon Yellow, but couldn't get the dark values I wanted so I added a mix of Burnt Sienna, and French Ultramarine Blue.

I used a bit of torn masking tape to block out the white for the sun, but didn't get it down well enough.  My energetic brush knocked it off and I lost my white.  I used a little acrylic white to restore it.  Technically, that makes this a mixed media.

I kind of wish I'd used Blue Indanthrene instead of Cobalt Blue so I could get a darker overall tone, but I guess this just gives the appearance of being later in the morning.

Approximately 9 x 9 inches, painted with a Silver Black Velvet 3/4 inch Oval on Strathmore Imperial cold press paper.


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My '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds' in Hardback #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds #Watercolor #Blurb

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I wanted to share this in case any of you are interested in doing something similar for holiday gifts.  I finished up my '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds' early (though I'll be sharing the rest of the photos throughout the rest of the year), and had the paintings printed up in a hardback book using Blurb.


I chose their Standard Landscape (10×8 IN, 25×20 CM) hardback imagewrap photobook with standard paper.  At the time I ordered, they had a 40% off special, and even though I added extra pages the whole thing came to a little over $26.  They are advertising that their best special yet starts soon, so now would be a good time to have your artwork printed.

The book itself has a plain black cover. 


They offer three or four ways to upload your photos.  I chose to create my own PDF and upload it that way.  I sort of wish I hadn't, because I got the photos on the left a little too close to the inside margin.  It doesn't really keep you from seeing anything, but isn't qui…

Bathing in Moonlight #Strathmore #WorldWatercolorGroup #Watercolor

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I decided to try doing another white flower ( a rose, I think) using the triad of Winsor Newton Winsor Blue (PB15), M Graham Quinacridone Violet, and Sennelier Indian Yellow on Strathmore Aquarius II.  I used Silver Black Velvet brushes, mostly a 3/4 inch oval.


My reference photo came from the Morguefile archive.

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Kookaburra Sits In the Old Gum Tree - Week 44 of 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #WorldWatercolorGroup #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds #Watercolor

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I tried something a bit different for the foliage, sort of a bastardized negative painting, and I do not like it at all.  Experiment concluded, and not to be repeated!


Done using Winsor Newton Permanent Rose, Permanent Yellow Deep, Sennelier Ultramarine Blue, Sap Green, and M Graham Quinacridone Rust with Silver Black Velvet brush round size 6.

This bird was done in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

My reference photo came from the Morguefile archive.

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Tangles on Gray Tone #Zentangle #Zentangle-InspiredArt #ZentangleForKids

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Inspired by Beate Winkler's 'Zentangle for Kids: With Tangles, Templates, and Pages to Tangle On', I tangled away with my Cuttlelola Dotspen on a Strathmore Gray-toned tile. Tangles used were Beanstalk, Tripoli, and Spoonflowr.



Playing with Tangles from 'Zentangle for Kids' #Zentangle #Zentangle-InspiredArt #ZentangleForKids

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Inspired by Beate Winkler's 'Zentangle for Kids: With Tangles, Templates, and Pages to Tangle On', I tangled away with my Cuttlelola Dotspen on some Clairefontaine Japon Paper. Tangles used were Chemystry, Tripoli, Widgets, Wiesenliesel. Wheelz, and Striping.


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Review 'Zentangle® For Kids' by Beate Winkler #Zentangle #BookReview #ActivityBook

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Beate Winkler's, 'Zentangle for Kids: With Tangles, Templates, and Pages to Tangle On' is a Zentangle activity book with a strong circus theme.  It's been out as a German edition for a couple of years, and is now available in English.

Although it is an activity book, the emphasis is on tangling.  While it's aimed at kids, it would make an fun introduction to Zentangle for adults.  It's easy enough for its target audience, but I think it would be entertaining for almost any age.



Look and Feel
Specs:
No. of Pages: 80
Cover: Softcover
Binding: Sewn & Glued to cover
Size: 8.6 x 0.2 x 11 inches

Look & Feel
'Zentangle® For Kids' has a sturdy cardstock cover with wraparound flaps. The pages are sewn together and glued onto the cover.  Everything appears well put together, and I believe it will hold up to a beating.  The book can be folded back, though it won't lie flat in that situation.


The paper is thick and of good quality - better than I would have e…

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Purple Marten - Week 43 of 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #WorldWatercolorGroup #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds #Watercolor

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Only 9 weeks of birds left.  I'm actually ahead of myself, which is good because I intend to have the photos of these bird paintings done up into a photobook to give as a gift for Christmas if I can finish in time.


Done using Winsor Newton Permanent Rose, Lemon Yellow, Cobalt Blue and Daniel Smith's Lunar Blue.

This bird was done in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

My reference photo came from the Morguefile archive.

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Under the Microscope #Zentangle #ZentangleInspiredArt #Sakura

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Graphic Liner pen and Koi Waterbrush Pens.  This is the last page in the Grandluxe Earth Care Sketch Book that I've been working on.  My new one should be arriving in the mail any day now, though it's a different size and format. I'm not sure it will have the same paper, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed.



The Drama of Sunset #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorGroup #Strathmore

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We continued using quick studies of low horizon skies to explore different triad pigments in yesterday's Watercolor class.  I used Sennlier Blue Indanthrene, Primary Yellow and M Graham Quinacridone Rust on Strathmore Aquarius II paper.

We are also exploring how to get your pigments to glow by letting one layer of color dry completely before adding the next.  I discovered that Blue Indanthrene is far more staining than I expected, and as a result, I got hard edges that I had thought I'd be able to soften by lifting a bit.  I think it works for this sky though, so I'm happy.



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A Camellia's Kiss #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorGroup #Strathmore

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The scan is very deceptive with this photo.

I used a triad, Sennelier Blue Indanthere (PB60), and Winsor Newton Permanent Rose (PV19 & Lemon Yellow (PY53), for the painting and the background was a wet on wet mix of the Blue Indanthrene and Permanent Rose.

In the scan, the Blue Indanthrene is much more predominant, whereas in real life the mix is more violet throughout. It makes the flower values look uneven as well.  I tried fixing it with Picasa, but couldn't make it work.  Ah well.


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Blue Fairy Wren - Week 41 of 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #WorldWatercolorGroup #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds

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For week 41 of '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds', I went for a lot of texture using salt, splattering and scraping.  In fact, I scraped so much I almost went through the paper.  Oops!  The result looks more like a mixed media than a watercolor, but nope.  Just watercolor pigment and techniques.


Done with a variety of Senelier, Winsor Newton, Daniel Smith and M Graham watercolors.

This bird was painted in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

My reference photo came from the Morguefile archive.

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French Fries on the Floor #Zentangle #ZentangleInspiredArt #PenAndInk

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Graphicliner Pen in a Grandluxe Earth Care Sketch Book.


Big Sky Country and Sepia Skies #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorGroup #Strathmore

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In yesterday's watercolor class, we concentrated on letting the color flow rather than obsessing about detail, and did this by painting low horizon skies.

For my first one, I used Qor Transparent Pyrrole Orange, Sennelier Indian Yellow and Winsor Newton Phthalo Turquoise on Strathmore Imperial Cold Press.  I spent about 1/2 hour on it, including the drying time between washes and this is approximately a 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inch.  The only brush used was a Silver Black Velvet 1 inch flat.


For my second painting I only used Sennelier Sepia on Strathmore Imperial Hot Press this time.  I spent about  156 minutes on it, including the drying time between washes and this is approximately a 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inch.  The only brush used was a Silver Black Velvet 1 inch flat.  I had intended to soften the hard edges, but found they did not want to soften once the color was down.  It's okay though, I think.  The edges just make the sky more dramatic.


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Cormorant Rising - Week 40 of 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #WorldWatercolorGroup #Cuttlelola #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds

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I went for something a bit different with week 40 of '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds'.

Using only 2 pigments - Sennelier Indian Yellow, and Winsor Newton Winsor Rose, I applied several glazes of mixed colors with a 1 inch flat, ending up with a final darker glaze of Winsor Rose to define the Cormarants and cliffside.  Then I used my Cuttlelola Electric Dotspen to add texture for misty look.


Done using Winsor Newton: Lemon Yellow, Winsor Yellow, Winsor Blue  Daniel Smith: New Gamboge, Sennelier: Indian Yellow, Blue Anthaquinone, Phthalo Green Light, Sap Green, QOR: Green Gold, and M Graham: Ultramarine Violet.

This bird was done in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

My reference photo came from the Morguefile archive.