Weathering the Storm 2


#DoodlewashMay2021 Prompt: Tree and Cricket.

This week, for the Doodlewash prompts, I’m adding to one huge drawing.

Zebra Zensations Technical Pen on Hahnemühle Nostalgie Paper.

The whole drawing so far:

Tools:

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Weathering the Storm


#DoodlewashMay2021 Prompt: Jumping

I started this drawing last year, lost it, and just found it yesterday. Since the dailly prompt from Doodlewash was ‘jumping’, I added on a few people jumping and here it is.

The drawing isn’t finished, but I’m going to use it for some of the upcoming prompts, and I’ll show as each bit is added.

Zebra Zensations Technical Pen on Hahnemühle Nostalgie Paper.

Tools:

To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here.

You can find Zebra pen products here.

You can find ZenArt products here.

African Paradise Flycatcher


#Doodlewash prompt: bluebird. I know. My bird is more orange than blue, but it’s a bird and there is lots of blue, so I’m going with it!

Did you know that the tail of the African Paradise Flycatcher can double in length during breeding season, reaching lengths up 12 inches (30 cm). That’s just the tail!

Done with Butterfly Peaflower Tea, watercolor and gouache on Hahnemühle Agave Cold-Press watercolor paper with ZenArt Black Tulip brushes.

Camel Walk


#doodlewashMay2021 prompt: Singing. Huh? What? What does a camel have to do with singing?

Turns out there was a popular dance around  1910- 1920, called Camel Walk. Many songs, such as Southern Culture on the Skids’ Camel Walk have had their heyday.  And last, but not least, Camel mothers and babies hum to each other.  Who knew Camels were so musical?

Zebra Zensations Technical Pen & Daniel Smith Watercolor on Hahnemühle Cold Press Agave Paper using a ZenArt Black Tulip brush.

Artwork: Zebra Zensations Technical Pen & Daniel Smith Watercolor on Hahnemühle Cold Press Agave Paper using a ZenArt Black Tulip brush, round size 8. Reference photo courtesy of DenisDoukhan at Pixabay.

Tools:

To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here.

You can find Zebra pen products here.

You can find ZenArt products here.

Spinning Wheel


Are you looking for my second Hahnemuhle The Natural Line Giveaway? You can find it here.

#DoodlewashMay2021 prompt: Wheel.  

Did you know that the spindle of a spinning wheel is generally not sharp enough to prick a finger on, despite Sleeping Beauty’s well-known mishap? 

I didn’t have much time for today’s prompt, so I grabbed one of my earlier backgrounds made with Butterfly Peaflower Tea and did a quick Spinning Wheel. They’re interesting objects and one of these days I want to spend more time painting one.

Artwork: Daniel Smith watercolor & Butterfly Peaflower tea on Hahnemühle Agave Cold-Press watercolor paper with Zenart Black Tulip brushes. 

Children of the Bird


#Doodlewash prompt: Children. Did you know that bird parents sometimes make over a thousand trips to and from the nest each day, in order to keep their children fed properly? Poor things!

I started a painting and soon realized that I hated it. Not one to let that stop me, I turned on the kitchen tap, washed as much of the paint away as possible and painted something entirely different.

This is what it looked like after I washed the paint away. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to add more paint, but the paper took the paint like it was fresh from the package. Hahnemühle’s new Agave coldpress is tough paper!

Done with watercolor on Hahnemühle Agave Cold-Press watercolor paper with ZenArt Black Tulip brushes.

Snuggle Bunny


#doodlewashMay2021 prompt: Puppy.

Did you know that the Chihuahua has the biggest brain to body size of any dog breed?

This is another small painting done on the Hahnemühle mini size Agave paper, 3 x 4 inches.

Artwork: Zebra Zensations Technical Pen & Daniel Smith Watercolor on Hahnemühle Cold Press Agave Paper using a ZenArt Black Tulip brush, round size 8. Reference photo courtesy of 27707 at Pixabay.

Tools:

To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here.

You can find Zebra pen products here.

You can find ZenArt products here.

Hahnemühle Week & another Giveaway


Hahnemühle Week 03 – 07 May 2021 – Hahnemühle celebrates paper with all artists, studios, distributors and retailers worldwide.

In this spirit, I’m holding another giveaway of Hahnemühle’s new The Natural Line!

I’m honored to be one of the featured artists today! You can find the Instagram post here. Be sure you read the giveaway instructions below, before going to visit!

U. S. only

Prizes: One winner will receive:

  • One Hahnemühle Hemp Sketch Pad, 80 sheets, A5 / 5.8 x 8.3 in
  • One Agave Watercolor Cold-pressed, 12 sheets, 24 x 32 cm / 9.4 x 12.6 inch
  • One Agave Watercolor, Cold-pressed, 12 sheets 8 x 10,5 cm / 3.1 x 4.1 inch
  • Bamboo Mixed Media, 10 sheets, 8 x 10,5 cm / 3.1 x 4.1 inch

Two Ways To Enter:

Giveaway 

  1. Send me an email at LifeImitatesDoodles@gmail.com with: ‘I HOPE to win The Natural Line Giveaway ‘ in the subject line.
  2. Visit my LifeImitatesDoodles Instagram account and follow the instructions there.

Giveaway ends on May 21, 2021 at 05:00 PM PDT at 17:00 05:00 PM) PST. Winner will be notified by a response to the email they sent, or by DM if the winner entered on Instagram.

All prizes were donated by Hahnemühle_USA!

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Butterfly Peaflower Tea mini tutorial


#DoodlewashMay2021 prompts: Blue Skies & Eating.

I was drinking some Dried Butterfly Peaflower Tea this morning and wondering what to do about the May Doodlewash prompt, since I was already a day behind. And remembered that Dried Butterfly Peaflower Tea makes a beautiful blue dye and thought Duh!

You can get the tea in powder form, which I’ve never tried. I have some empty tea bags I use, which I fill with a couple tablespoons of the dried flowers. After I drink the tea I use the bag to dye some paper (it will dye quite a bit). I through away the flowers, but keep the tea bags to use in other mixed media work.

WARNING! Butterfly Peaflower is used as a natural clothing dye. It will wash off your fingers (eventually), but may not come out of clothing, furniture or carpet!

If not drinking the tea, you could just use a few of the dried flowers. This is what they look like before they are wet.

I used two pieces of paper for this tutorial. One is Hahnemühle Agave (3 x 4 in) and the other is a piece of Hahnemühle Hot Press Collection paper, cut from a larger piece (approx 4 x 6) inch. Just to add a little interest, I decided to set the smaller piece on top of the larger so some of the white of the paper would be left.

I start smashing the bag onto the paper. You can see how much liquid there is.

I didn’t worry about liquid seeping between the cards. It’s more interesting if some of it does.

If you smash one of the flowers onto the paper you’ll get bits of darker blue in the shape of the flower. If you crumble little bits of the blue petal you can get little specks of blue. You have to smash them though.

Timing counts for some effects. If you leave the teabag string (or other absorbent objects) on the paper at the right time, you’ll get a lighter color under it.

You can let the tea dry for a while, and then add more color by smashing the teabag or flowers onto the paper again. You can repeat this over and over to get interesting shapes on the paper. Since I was working small, I only did this a couple of times. I did color more than one set of papers.

Now I got carried away and forgot to capture what the dye jobs looked like before I added pen and gouache. I did still have another set that I did though, so you can get an idea. The scan on these came out a bit more purple than they are in real life.

Once the paper was thoroughly dry, I used technical pen and permanent marker on the larger piece.

Did you know that dragons like to eat toasted marshmallows?

On the smaller 3 x 4 inch card I used gouache to paint my blue skies with flamingoes.

Oh, and if you were wondering – the tea has a very light and delicate taste. It’s hard to describe. It’s not grassy, not floral, not tea. Lol. Sorry, I can’t do better, but if you do buy some and don’t like it, at least it’s still an art supply!

100% Pure Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

Tinkee Tea Disposable Filter bags

Zebra Pen Zensations Technical Pen, Assorted Point Sizes, Black Ink, 3-Count

Zebra PM-701 Stainless Steel Permanent Marker

Hahnemuhle The Collection Watercolor Pad 140lb Cold Press 9X12

Hahnemuhle Agave Watercolor Pad 12 Sheet 8×10.5cm (3×4″)

ZenArt Black Tulip Brushes

Review: One Little Mouse


Charlie O’Shields latest is ‘One Little Mouse’, a Draw Upon a Time interactive storybook.

It isn’t the average activity book, and it isn’t the average storybook. It’s a unique blending of the two.

The illustrations are lively and colorful, a blend of hand-drawn and digital work.

The story is written in rhyme, and it’s about a frightened little mouse who asks for help to find his way home. The interactive element comes as the mouse finds things along the way. The reader is asked to decide what each item is, and to draw it.

The paper will handle pencil, pen, crayon and most similar media. Marker might go through to the back. There is a place at the front of the book to test out your drawing tool to make sure it won’t.

I used gel pen to draw a loganberry in the example above.

This book is a fun way to encourage a child (of any age) to use their imagination, while relaxing and having fun drawing.

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