Sunday, April 23, 2017

52 Weeks of Watercolor Painting 2017 No.11 #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorPainting #StillmanAndBirn

I'm so behind with my '52 Weeks of Watercolor Paintings'.  By more than a month!  I've been spending too much time with reviews and ballpoint drawings - but I've been having fun!



I'm using a Stillman and Birn 9x12 Beta series wirebound sketchbook for all my '52 Weeks of Watercolor Paintings 2017'.

The brushes used were a Princeton Snap 3/4 inch flat and Size 20 Round. The Mijello Mission Gold watercolors used were Bamboo Green, Lemon Yellow, Permanent Yellow Light and Cobalt Blue.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

Zentangle
Challenges
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
Weekly Challenge #91: Tangle with J-K-L

Strings
Pattern-Collections Weekly String #30

Videos

Bowtye
Bloobs
Bracelet
Daily Tangle - Vache 1
Stella Revisited Tangle Lesson # 174 Part one
Zentangle * 11 (Vache1, Ripped Screen, Leaf Explosion, Grapes, Field of Flowers, Wrap)
Diary of Tangles Week 15 - Prasima, Peacock, Ropuz, Dragonair, Carpet Daisy, Ruutz, Poinsettia

New Patterns
Praa
T and E
Shelline
Raindrops
Trellys-Two
How to draw Scarrow

Other
Weekly Zentangle Roundup #319
TanglePatterns: Tangle Refresher #152
Go-To pattern library – Part 4

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
SALT + COFFEE WATERCOLOR TECHNIQUE
Paper Quilled Peacock Feather Card
Watercolor Magnolia DIY Paper Flowers
Sponge Hacks (this is more than a bit off topic, but there are some artistic uses here, and some all around great ideas for using sponges so I decided to include it)

Giveaways
Rhodia Memo Book Raffle  
Echo Park Paper Giveaway-"Summer Dreams" collection kit
The Postman's Knock Giveaway-3 bottles of Dr. Ph. Martin's Iridescent inks
CardMaps 5 + Lush & Lovely card kit = awesome giveaway

Reviews
Review: Platinum 3776 Celluloid Koi Fountain Pen
Artist Review: Dell U2917W Monitor (21:9 Aspect Ratio)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mushrooming #PenAndInk #Zentangle #BrushPen

Done with Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen Hard Tip in a Rhodiarama dot Grid Soft Cover journal.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Walking the Wall #ExaclairUSA @ZebraPen #BallpointDrawing

Ballpoint drawing done with a Zebra Z-grip in a Rhodiarama dot grid journal.

I think I got a little ambitious with the amount of detail for a 5.5  x 8.3 inch (14.8 x 21 cm) journal, but it all fit.  The scan threw in some highlights in the deep dark on the right.  They're caused by rippling in the paper that isn't apparent to the eye


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wednesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

Zentangle
Challenges
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
joey's weekly tangle challenge #161

Videos
Binaer
Banana Braid
Daily Tangle - Grapes
Daily Tangle - Ripped Screen
Daily Tangle - Leaf Explosion
Dingbatz Tangle Lesson # 173
How to Draw Dillo Tangle Pattern 26

New Patterns
How to draw Zingo

Other
"It's a String Thing" #191 Tiles
Simple Green Grid Mandala

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Journal52 Week 15
Watercolor Wonder: Watercolor vs. Gouache
HOW TO MAKE A PAPER SUNFLOWER
Wax Paper Butterfly - a Crafty Embelleshment
Fluid Acrylic Painting Northern Lights with Pearl-Ex Pigment Powder Technique
Free Brush Pen Calligraphy Worksheet: Neat Slant Edition

Giveaways
Precious Peony Bouquet Stamp Set Giveaway
Fancy Fabric Markers Giveaway from Uchida
Stampendous and Creative Impressions Spring Blog Hop & Giveaway
Vintage Floral and Herringbone Assorted Duck Tape Giveaway
Win a $25 Gift Certificate for StencilGirl Products AND another for Amazing Casting Products

Reviews

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Coffee with the Walrus #ExaclairUSA @ZebraPen #BallpointDrawing

I painted a coffee wash on a page in my Rhodiarama Soft Cover journal and added a few coffee crystals for some interest (one ended being the walrus eye).

The walrus was drawn with using purple and dark green Zebra Z-Grip pens.  The tusks, nose, whiskers, sand and some texture in the background was added with a white acrylic marker.  The scanner didn't pick up the white very well.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Chick and Bunny Fantasy Step Outs #Zentangle #TanglePatterns #FantasyStepOuts

Not just for Easter!

Sorry, these are a little rough.  The idea popped into my head, just yesterday, and I didn't have much time to work on them.



Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

Zentangle
Challenges
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
Weekly Challenge #90: Tangle with G-H-I

Strings
Pattern-Collections Weekly String #29

Videos

SwiPet
Flattery
Kensington
Daily Tangle - Atorm
Daily Tangle - Antidots
Daily Tangle - Tubular-Bells
Drupe Tangle Pattern lesson # 171
How to draw Tangle Pattern Suckers ~ lesson 24

New Patterns
Floose
Ecoce
Barquillos
Jeli Beaned
How to draw FR'Eggs
Tangle Pattern: Pub Carpet #1

Other
Weekly Zentangle Roundup #318
TanglePatterns: Tangle Refresher #153
"It's a String Thing" #191 Tiles
Botanical Circle║Freeform Tangle
Dream Tile║Freeform Tangle
Go-To pattern library – Part 3

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
How to Paint Sky & Clouds in Water Soluble Pencils
Making Paper Beads with Cereal boxes
DIY Paper Ivy Topiary
Felt House Card Tutorial
Spring Flowers in a Vase Step by Step Acrylic Finger Painting
Rhodia bullet journal post 11: Different ways to index in your bullet journal

Giveaways
The Postman's Knock Giveaway-Kuretake's Starry Colors
Crafter's Companion USA Dog and Cat Set Stamps
OttLite Giveaway – LED Bluetooth Speaker Lamp
Penny Black New Release Scrapping Giveaway
Crafter's Companion-win a hree-pack of Doily Royal Edge'ables
Sizzix + David Tutera giveaway: Pre-cut Paper Flower Kit

Friday, April 14, 2017

Avoiding the Eggstra Work #PenAndInk #Zentangle #BrushPen

Happy Easter to those who celebrate (that is, if the Easter bunny did his job)!


Done with Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen Soft Tip in a Rhodiarama dot Grid Soft Cover journal.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Night Birds #PenAndInk #Zentangle #BrushPen

Done with Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen Soft Tip in a Rhodiarama dot Grid Soft Cover journal.



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Mini Review of Magnani Italia watercolor paper #Watercolor @LegionPaper #MagnaniItalia

Permanent Rose, Indian Yellow, and Phthalocyanine Green on Aquarello Magnani Italia 140# Cold Press watercolor paper.

This is another one of the watercolor papers that was included with the Legion Paper Watercolor sampler.


This is an interesting paper.  This painting was an exploration of negative painting with both hard and soft edges.  The paper was thoroughly saturated on both sides, but even though I did not tape it down, there was only a little curling, whih straightened out on its own, once the paper was dry.

While using it, I was thinking that it was a bit like print-making paper, so I wasn't surprised when I read on the website that it is used for that purpose.

It has a soft surface, almost a cloth-like texture, especially when it is wet.  I did this in my watercolor cloth, and three different people remarked on that.  The color exploded but didn't sink in immediately, so both hard and soft edges were easy to control.

I could not lift color - but I used colors that are difficult to lift and I'm not sure how much of the problem was paper and how much was pigment.  I'll have to get more of this paper so I can do more testing.  I quite like it.

Information from the Legion Paper website:

Description
Acquerello is a range of 100% cotton Italian mouldmade watercolor papers available in two weights and surface textures.  This range was created specifically with wet media application in mind, however it differs from its counterpart watercolor papers (it is not as hard and stiff to the touch).

The cold press (Italia) is unique in that it doesn't have the deep texture of most cold press watercolor papers. This lends itself to be a paper that has overlapping suitability for other mediums such as graphite, colored and watercolor pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempura and acrylic.

It has also found its way into printmaking being suitable for both etching and intaglio. The paper is not heavily sized, therefore it does not require long soaking times.

The hot press (Portofino) has the same sizing characteristics as the CP surface but offers a surface that is appropriate for pen and ink, calligraphy, pencil and silkscreen.

This is a streamlined range of watercolor paper that provides the artist unlimited versatility for multiple mediums.

Specifications:                                                                  Applications:
Mouldmade in Italy                                                           Pastel & Charcoal
100% Cotton                                                                     Hand Lithography
Neutral pH                                                                        Intaglio
Acid Free                                                                          Platinum Printing
Chlorine Free                                                                    Silkscreen
4 deckles (sheets)                                                             Watercolor
Internally & externally sized for watercolor
Specialty Paper



Saturday, April 8, 2017

Saturday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

Zentangle
Challenges
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
3DTANGLE SHADING CHALLENGE #088-Focus Tangle: Joki
TANGLING AWAY OUR DISTRESS IN APRIL

Strings
Pattern-Collections Weekly String #28

Videos
Flowerly
Sky View
Mystery
Daily Tangle - Curlycrown
Daily Tangle - Snugglywrap
5C Aura Tangle Lesson Pattern #168
DancingTree tangle pattern - realTime drawing

New Patterns
Popcorn Trees and Popcorn Leaves Fantasy Patterns
Hummingbird Fantasy Pattern
How to draw tanglepattern Zeta
How to Draw Brace-S
Zipfern
Krefel
Emerald
Rupa
Pole
Spatterdock
Waflo

Other
Weekly Zentangle Roundup #317
TanglePatterns: Tangle Refresher #151
"It's a String Thing" #190 Tiles

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Scratchmade Journal Sketches: Snow
Strathmore Artist Workshop – Rose Botanical Part 1
Duck Tape Calla Lilies
Home Brew Pocket Notebooks

Giveaways
Doodlewash Giveaway-Win A Hahnemühle Watercolor Book OR Watercolor Postcards
Frank Garcia Personal Planner and Planner Adornments Bundle Giveaway
Metal Decorating Prize Pack Giveaway
The Postman's Knock Giveaway-Finetec Gold Palette
Carta Bella Paper Giveaway- "ToyBox" 6x6 Paper Pads
Scrapbook & Cards Today/Pebbles Tealightful giveaway
Jetpens Giveaway-Fountain Pen, Ink and Notebook

Friday, April 7, 2017

Hummingbird Fantasy Step Out #Zentangle #TanglePatterns #FantasyStepOuts

I've decided to call these kind of patterns Fantasy Step Outs since they use the same step out system, and could easily be used in a Zentangle drawing, but are too reality-based for the non-objective traditional Zentangle.



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Popcorn Trees and Popcorn Leaves Tangle Patterns #Zentangle #TanglePatterns #FantasyStepOuts

These two patterns don't quite fit the norm for Zentangle,  but I've noticed that lots of us tanglers like to do fantasy landscapes on occasion.  I started doing these on one of them myself, and thought other people might like step-outs for them.

I'm going to call these Fantasy Step-outs.



I had some bleed-thru dots of ink on this one page, but decided I'd use them in my example for Popcorn leave, To quote Bob Ross, "Let's make them birds, yeah, they're birds now."



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wednesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

Zentangle
Challenges
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
joey's weekly tangle challenge #159
"It's a String Thing" #191

Videos
Paradox
Frames or frames too
Daily Tangle - Balldox
Daily Tangle - Rign
Daily Tangle - ChriMi
5C Wrapped Tangle Pattern Lesson #167
Daily Diary Week 13 - Draw n Tangle Scales on a Sea Turtle and Fish

New Patterns
How to Draw Hearts-a-flutter

Other
Square Gem Tutorial
"It's a String Thing" #189 Tiles

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Journal52 Week 12
Make a Paper Tiger Lily
Fluid Acrylic Pouring Hot Pink and Turquoise Fantasy Planet on Cradled Wood
Bath Paint || Made With Soap
More Fast & Easy Backgrounds for Colored Pencil Drawings
BUTTON COVERED EASTER EGGS
Prompt #2049 – Visual Prompt Crow’s Nest

Giveaways
ArtiSands Deep Blue Sea Sand Painting Kit Giveaway 
Tulip Fashion Glittery Goodness and Glue Giveaway
Scrapbook Adhesives Ultimate Adhesive Prize Pack Giveaway
Frank Garcia Personal Planner and Planner Adornments Bundle Giveaway
Goodreads Giveaway-Darth Vader and Family Coloring Book
3Doodler Giveaway-5 packs of plastic and your choice of a Jet Pack, Project Book, or Nozzle Set

Reviews
Review: Tombow Advanced Lettering Set
Ink Shot Review: Bookbinders Blue Coral 


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Review: Tombow Advanced Lettering Set #Tombow #Lettering #ExaclairInc

Recently, I was sent a Tombow Advanced Lettering Set to try out.  I found it to be tres cool, and spent my beach vacation playing with it. I thought I'd let you know what is included in the set, and what I found out about how they work.


The set includes:
    • flexible brush tip for big, bold letters  
    • fine tip for detail
    • Ideal for coloring, fine art, illustrations, doodling, journaling, hand lettering and more
    • Water-based
    • Blendable
    • Odorless
    • Tips self-clean after blending
The Tombow Dual Tip Brush pens have a large flexible nylon tip on one end, and a hard nylon-tip on the other.  This gives you a great deal of range in your strokes whether lettering or drawing.  The broad tip is also excellent for coloring in large areas.  The addition of the two Fudenosuke and the twin-tipped Mono marker gives you much the same range on a smaller scale.

Although the word 'pens' is used in the name, these are listed under markers on the TombowUSA site.  The large flexible end acts more like a marker, while the hard fine tip is more like a pen, so you can call them either one and not be totally off-base.

I've used Tombow Dual Tip Pens for many years and have always loved the clarity of the colors.  While there are only four colors in this set, there are 96 colors available altogether. There is a warning on the site that recommends you use higher quality paper to keep your tips in good shape, but I've always found them to be quite sturdy, more so than some other brands I've tried.

They don't smudge easily, and drying times vary according to the paper.  The drying times are fast though.  If you give them even a few seconds to dry, they won't smudge.  However... the colors are easily reactivated.  That is, if you go over them with another color pen or the blender, or even water, they will become wet again, and you can smudge the color at this time.  You can use this to good effect to get blended or lighter color, but you do need to be aware of it so you don't do it by accident.

The blending pen allows you to:
  •  achieve lighter tints of one color 
  • seamlessly blend two or more colors
  • create new colors by mixing inks
  • shade by picking up color on the paper
  • create a glassy or marble look by using the blender without color
There are some downsides to using the blending pen.  The downsides will vary according to the paper and you can control them to an extent with technique.  All in all, I think the downsides are worth the effects you can get.
  • it can make the paper pill
  • it can make color bleed-through to the back
  • it takes color from the lines, so that you may need to redraw some of them
  • if you apply new color too soon after using the blending pen, the new color will feather
    • You can use the Dual Tip colors over these immediately
    • smudge-resistant (drying times differ according to paper)
    • odorless
    • waterproof 
The Fudenosuke Brush pens have plastic tips.  I don't find too much difference between them, though the soft tip is more flexible and allows you to vary widths in a single line more easily.

The ink from these pens dries so fast.  I haven't used them on as many papers as I have the Dual tips, but I think it would be hard to smudge them on any paper.  They do reactivate slightly when you use the blender pen.

Although the ink is dark, it does not bleed through the paper.  It is waterproof, and resistant to the blending pen, though it

The ink is very black.  In the waterproof test I show further down, I added words from a Pigma Micron PN, which also has a plastic tip, so you can see the difference in ink colors. The Fudenosuke ink is MUCH darker.

I very much enjoy using these pens for tangling and sketching.  You can get a wonderful wood-cut look with them, and truthfully I use them more than I use the Dual-tips.  In tandem with the blending pen, you can get some smooth shading effects.
    • bullet tip and fine point
    • Long lasting permanent black marker
    • Draw over ink with other markers instantly
    • MONO smudge-proof pencil for sketching lines
The Mono twin tip permanent black marker has a hard plastic tip on one end and a hard nylon tip on the other end.  Neither are flexible, so line widths are even, making them great for out-lining.  They ink doesn't smear, and you can use the Dual-tips over it immediately.  However, it is very wet ink and bleeds through to the back, much like an alcohol marker.  It does have some smell,a so if you are sensitive that way, I'd try to find one that I could smell before buying one.

I suspect that I won't use this marker pen very often because it does bleed through.  I may use it when I'm using other alcohol markers.
  • MONO Drawing Pencil 4H
    • High density graphite
    • Break resistant
    • Smear-proof
    • Long lasting
Sorry.  For some reason, I cannot make blogger take my scan of the Mono Drawing pencil.  Since it is a 4H (the U.S. designation that indicates the hardness of the graphite), it is fairly hard, but the lines are not scratchy.  They erase easily, but on some papers you may get a permanent indentation (this is true of all 4H pencils). If bought separately, these pencils are also available in 2B, 2H, 3B, 3H, 4B, 5B, 5H, 6B, 6H, B, F, H and HB.
  • Mono Plastic Eraser removes guidelines without damaging paper or ink drawings

The plastic eraser does a decent job of removing the 4H pencil lines without pilling, pilling, tearing, wrinkling or smuding the paper.  It pills itself, tiny, tiny bits of the eraser falling off as you go.  For this reason, the eraser doesn't accumulate grime, but you'll need to do a little clean-up after using it.  The amount will probably vary according to the paper, but I haven't tried it on many yet.  It seems to work as a good plastic eraser should, with the pilling being bits, not chunks.

I took the Tombow Advanced Lettering Set with me for a week at the beach.  I brought my Rhodiarama Dot Grid journal to use.  It's a great paper for these pens/markers and the dot grid is great for lettering (though I ended up drawing far more than writing, lol).  I ended with pages of examples.  Too many to show in this one post, so I'll be posting the drawings for a while to come!

I need to practice my lettering more! Now I'll have the chance.


I did a waterproof test by painting a swatch over each of the inks after giving them a day to dry (luckily, I had a page that I screwed up that I could use for this).

The dual tip ink reactivates and blends with the watercolor paint.  I'll be playing around with this effect, you bet!

All the other pens are waterproof, though the color of the ink dims.  Unless you want that to happen (good effect to imply depth), you'll want to watercolor first, then use the Fudenosuke or Mono Twin.

I needed to test to see if the Micron PN was waterproof (it is), and thought it would be of interest for you to see the difference in the black inks.


I used all the pens in this drawing.  I discovered that if you use the blending pen with no other color, it changes the Clairefontaine paper, giving it a sort glassy, marbled look.  Scribbling color or cleaning off your blending pen in these areas increases that marbled look.

This was my initial test page so I kept pushing, blending and re-adding color and blending until finally the paper started to pill.  It took quite a bit  for that to happen, so I don't think it will be an issue for most.  If it does happen, you are probably over-working your drawing.

The colors from the Dual tips blend nicely, and you can stretch the color out to create cloud-like halos that are quite appealing.

The ink for the dual pens does dry fairly quickly, and you can get streaks.  As usual, you can use this for shading and detail by watching the directions of your pen strokes, using the side of the pens to reduce the overlap of strokes, or working in circular motions.


I used all the pens again, this time trying to hone techniques that I learned from the first drawing.  I focused on my shading.  I also added a few highlights with white acrylic pen, though I prefer the highlights I achieved by just leaving the white (ivory) of the paper.


In this drawing I focused on the cloud-like auras you can get using the blending pen and came up with the idea for a couple of new tangles, that I'll post on Thursday.


Overall, I really like this Advanced Lettering Set.  If I could make changes, I think I would like a yellow Dual Tip.  It would increase the possibilities for creating new color tremendously.  I wouldn't mind if it replaced either the Cherry or Magenta, since they are both in the reddish range, or maybe the black Dual Tip, since you do have the Fudenosuke and mono pens for black.

There is a plethora of ideas, tips, tutorials and techiques on the TombowUSA website, icluding some 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Monday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

If you are looking for my Clairefontaine Adult Coloring Book: Birds giveaway, go here.

Zentangle
Challenges
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
Weekly Zentangle Challenge 310

Strings/Templates
Pattern-Collections Weekly String

Videos
Daily Tangle - Ariel
Daily Tangle - Bowswing
April Fools Rixty Tangle Pattern Lesson #166
No-t-angle
A&D Comets

New Patterns
Trellys
Shimmy Shake
Pharro
Manan
Enchanted

Other
Daily Diary Week 12 - Learning How to Draw and Design Celtic Knots
Gem vs Stone time lapse

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Painting a Grassy Field in Watercolor – Masking Fluid Technique
How to Color Faces for your Art Journal
How To Blend Tombow Dual Brush Pens
Paper Plate Toucan Craft
How to Draw a Dragon- Step by Step Beginner Drawing Lesson
Floral Paper Eggs

Other
A History of the Pigment Indian Yellow

Giveaways
Artistic Wire Jewelry Making Giveaway
Exaclair, Inc. Giveaway-Six winners! Clairefontaine Birds Coloring Book
FrugalCrafter Stamp Giveaway & Sweet Sleepy Mouse Card
CardMaps 5 sneak peeks and a giveaway-88 cards, 50 sketches, how-to photos and more

Reviews

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Review-Clairefontaine Artist Coloring Book: Birds #Clairefontaine #AdultColoringBooks #ExaclairUSA

It's time for me to host another giveaway for Exaclair, USA!

One line of products they distribute is from Clairefontaine, a French paper manufacturer noted for producing quality paper that is fountain pen friendly, resistant to show-through or bleed-through.  They have a series of coloring books and for this review/giveaway I chose their Artist Coloring Book: Birds.  There will be six winners.

Giveaway is now closed


SPECS
No of Pages: 36 
Paper: 120g Clairefontaine drawing paper
Size: 7 7/8 x  7 7/8
Binding: Glued
Also available: Nature, Design, Flowers & Mandalas

Look & Feel
The cover is cardstock with the information, 'Coloring Book', and 'For Adults' repeated in French, English and German and part of an illustration from inside the book. The back has the full illustration watermarked on it.  It's attractive, but not flashy, so it would make an elegant coffee table item after you've finished the pages.  Or it would look attractive on a shelf along with other books in the line.


The binding is glued, but the spine is flexible enough that you can bend the book backwards to hold it while coloring if you wish.



There are illustrations on both sides of the paper which means that you do need to be careful with your choice of medium or you'll get show-through or bleed-through interfering with another illustration or messing up your previous coloring.  But it does mean you have more illustrations per book, while keeping it light, making it a good prospect for carrying around so you can color while traveling or sitting in doctor's offices.

The pages lie flat, though you may need to gently fold the book in half, as pictured above, before it will do so. 

The paper stock is thick, almost edging on cardstock, but more flexible.

The illustrations are all of birds in nature, with a mix of the usual black drawing lines on white, and white on mostly black pages. 
  

NOTE:  I photographed this at an angle so that it couldn't be copied.

Some of the pages are double-spreads covering two pages.  A few have mirrored images with the same birds in reverse and a different background.  Usually the background on the mirrored spreads is black on one page.

The paper is heavier and has more tooth than the paper found in most of Clairefontaine's journals and notebooks, making it better for colored pencil and wetter mediums.

Performance
Since the paper in this coloring book is from Clairefontaine, I expected it to be high quality and to accept a wide range of mediums, with little to no bleed through, feathering, or dimpling of the paper. I wasn't disappointed.

WATERCOLOR  PAINT
For my first page, I used watercolor pan paints (Koi) with a watercolor brush.  I deliberately stressed the paper by thoroughly saturated the page, and adding wet paint into wet paint.  This way I learn what the limits of the paper are.

The results were better than average.  There was no curling of the corners, but I did get some dimpling, and the texture of the paper changed to give it that crinkly sound when you turn the page. I love that sound, actually, so it isn't a problem for me, but may disturb some.  

There was a little pilling (bits of paper coming off the page) which I expected given how soggy I got the page in places.  This is the trade-off in formulating a paper for mixed media.  There was NO color bleed-through to the back, which did surprise me. 

Having tortured the paper for this test, I wanted to do a second, less wet watercolor for my second test.


WATERCOLOR MARKER
This time I used watercolor markers, which by there nature are less wet and give an even flow.  I did use a watercolor brush to add water in a few places to lighten the color, because brush pens tend to have more saturated pigment.  I used mostly light wash, with small areas of medium.  There was NO curling, pilling, texture change or bleed-through.

Note that different brands of watercolor brush pens vary in the level of saturation, so results may differ.  I used Distress Markers for my test.

The black on the birds and the background is part of the illustration.


COLORED PENCIL
I decided to do two colored pencils examples, because I wanted to show how it looks on both the white background and the black background pages.

I had no trouble building up layers of color.  Unfortunately, my scanner didn't pick up the blending (the color at the bottom of the lake is much more solid to the eye) and makes both the paper and the coloring look much rougher than it is.  I did keep the coloring lighter in areas with lots of detail because I found that when the color got too dark, some of the drawn detail was lost.  I also did some erasing, and found that I could lift quite a bit of color.  Those areas (such as the top part of the water) look better in real life than they do in the scan.


I had to be more careful with the saturation of color on this second page because of the intricate detail.  If I did over-color, it was easy to erase some of the color away, and this subtractive technique gives a nice effect to the page.  I wish it showed better in the scan.


ALCOHOL MARKER (Sharpies, Copics, Spectrum Noir, etc)
Alcohol markers bleed-through, leaving color on the back of the page.  They can also feather - the color spreading out when touch the tip to the paper.  On decent paper, feathering can be controlled by how long you keep the marker in one place. On good paper, it is almost impossible to get feathering at all.  The same thing with pilling.  Cheap paper will pill with alcohol marker.

One of the illustrations, has a peacock on the front and the same peacock reversed on the back with the main difference being the white vs black background.  Since I knew my paper wasn't heavy enough or specially treated for alcohol marker), I knew this would be a good page to test for that medium.

The black background was the back of the page.  I did no coloring on the back whatsoever.  I colored the front, and added the curls in the background.  If you look close at the black, you'll they show there too.  

There was NO feathering and NO pilling.  

Overall
The paper in this adult coloring book is heavier, with slightly more tooth than you find in most journals and notebooks with Clairefontaine paper.  It is light in weight, but feels sturdy so will be good to carry.  There are illustrations on both sides of the paper, so you'll have to be careful with wetter mediums.  The book lies flat and can be folded back so it can be held in one hand.

GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED

What Is the Prize?   Six (6) winners will each receive a 'Clairefontaine Artist Coloring Book: Birds' like the one reviewed here.

How to Enter? Cut and paste these words: 'I Want to Win a Clairefontaine Artist Coloring Book: Birds' into the subject line of an email, and send it to me at  LifeImitatesDoodles [at] gmail [dot] com. (replace the words enclosed in [ ] with an @ and a . and make sure there are no spaces)

When does the giveaway start and end?  The giveaway starts on Sunday 4/2/17 at 06:00 AM PDT and ended Sunday 4/9/17 at 11:59 PDT.  I'll notify the winners on Monday 4/10/17 by responding to the email they sent as entry.

Who Can Enter? Sorry. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only

Who is Giving Away the Prizes? I'm hosting the giveaway, but the prizes are coming from Exaclair USA.  They will mail the prizes to the winners.  I want to thank them (and Karen, in particular) for their generosity.

Exaclair USA is the American subsidiary of Exacompta Clairefontaine, a French family of companies including Exacompta, Clairefontaine, Rhodia, Quo Vadis, G. Lalo, J. Herbin, Brause, Schut Papier, Decopatch, Avenue Mandarine and Maildor. They are the exclusive U.S. importer and distributor of these companies' finished products. Their warehouse is located in Hamburg, NY and includes printing presses and a bindery for Quo Vadis planners, Habana notebooks and customized products.

Disclaimer:  I received the Clairefontaine Artist Coloring Book: Birds from Exaclair USA for the purpose of this review and giveaway. I was allowed to choose the item from the line of products that Exaclair USA distributes.  I'm excited about hosting this giveaway, but tried not to let it influence my opinion, and all opinions are my own.  I received no other compensation.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Saturday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

Zentangle
Challenges
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
3DTANGLE SHADING CHALLENGE #087-Focus Tangle: Y-FUL POWER
Weekly Challenge #89: Tangle with D-E-F

Strings
Pattern-Collections Weekly String #27

Videos

Rigardu
Rainboy
Daily Tangle - Springkle
Daily Tangle - Chence
Daily Tangle - Beeline
Squid Tangle Pattern Lesson #165
Ropuz - a great organic tangle
How to Draw Twistee -Lesson 21

New Patterns
How to Draw Strutz
How to Draw Horti
2C Ribbon
Pulak
Panna
Tropflis
Big Ben
Shallots
Toohin
Bella
Turquoise
Pico
Tent
Roshan
Coriz
Amethyst
Ringeli
Sleutel
Mirrow
Ruby
Cori
Luna
Beruz
Diamond Up
Winged Flower
Echo Loopy
Yup That's It
Pilled
SQ That Posey
Traffic Cone
Snow Flower
Ladybugged
Tunneled

Other
Weekly Zentangle Roundup #316
Art on a Shoe String! - Spirography©
Pattern-Collections: Go-To pattern library – Part 1
Pattern-Collections: Artist Focus – Dawn Collins
When I don't know when to quit
What to Do When You Feel Like Quitting

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts

Daily Diary Week 11 - Draw Impossible Shapes the Easy Way
Painting Watercolor Clouds
How to Draw a Portrait in Three Quarter View Part 7
Coloring Basic Pleats with Alcohol Markers
Rhodia bullet journal post 9: Weight loss

Giveaways
Goodreads Giveaway- There's a Mystery There: The Primal Vision of Maurice Sendak 
Goodreads Giveaway-War and Pieces - Frayed Fairy Tales: An Adult Coloring Book
$1,000 Tim Holtz Treasure Trove Giveaway

Pigma Manga Contest-Special Sakura Pen/Marker sets
The Postman's Knock Giveaway-calligraphy starter kit
Hero Arts April My Monthly Hero Kit Giveaway


52 Weeks of Watercolor Painting 2017 No.11 #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorPainting #StillmanAndBirn

I'm so behind with my '52 Weeks of Watercolor Paintings'.  By more than a month!  I've been spending too much time with revi...