Golden Opportunity


Artwork: Zebra Pen Technical Pen and Finetec Watercolor in Sketching Stuff Activity book.

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The prompt at Doodlewash today is Golden Opportunity. You may be thinking ‘Where’s the Gold?’

Well, this seemed like a golden opportunity for me to show you another of the exercises from Charlie O’Shields The Sketching Stuff Activity book and for me to try out the Finetec Transparent watercolor set that I got for my birthday.

The watercolors are a student grade. You get 24 colors for about $26 dollars. For the price, they are good. The colors are bright – I suspect a dye rather than actual watercolor pigment. It would be a great set for art journaling, or a beginner on a budget that wants something decent, but doesn’t expect professional results.

This exercise was in looking for detail. Charlie drew part of the bird, and your challenge is to add the important detail.

Once again, I drew the shapes in my Hahnemühle black book. In fact, I drew them twice to create two birds. You can’t practice finding shapes enough!

I think I added more detail than I needed too, but that’s okay. Finding them was the point of the exercise.

Coloring the page wasn’t part of the planned exercise, but it’s fun! This paper is NOT formatted for watercolor and I knew I was taking a chance, but I wanted to try out my new watercolors! I was very careful to use just enough water to make the colors spread and it worked fairly well.

The paper did wrinkle a bit and the paper is absorbent so it soaked up fast, limiting how far you can spread it. There was no bleed-through or show-through on the back.

I don’t actually recommend using watercolor on these pages unless you are good at controlling your water flow and making sure none of the colors are too dark (or you don’t mind having the color bleed through to the back of the page).

It was fun, though and I like the results.

You can find my review of the Sketching Stuff Activity book here.

Did you know that there is a Sketching Stuff Facebook Group for people to share their work from the book?

Wanna buy some of these cool toys?

The Sketching Stuff Activity book by Charlie O’Shields

Hahnemühle Black book – Rochester Art Supply FineArtStore

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Zebra Zensations Fineliner Pen 0.8mm Assorted 24Pk

Charlie O’Shields is the founder and admin of Facebook’s ‘World Watercolor Group’, World Watercolor Month, and the Doodlewash Community. For more then 1400 consecutive days, he’s delighted his readers by sharing his watercolor art and a rambling essay about life, his interests, and the importance of staying young at heart.

Author: Life Imitates Doodles Art, Reviews & Tutorials

Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens. I'm a self-taught artist who dances about with all sorts of artistic mediums. My main loves are Watercolor, Zentangle and Ballpoint pen. The subjects of my work are many and varied and change at whim. I'm a little bit crazy, but doesn't that come with being an artist? At my Life Imitates Doodles Blog, I post a list of resource links for Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways two times a week. I also write reviews, hold giveaways and share my art work.

9 thoughts on “Golden Opportunity”

  1. Sandra, this is a great interpretation of “gold.” Too many people go in search of gold when it’s right in front of them. I guess it depends on what kind of nugget you want. You’re very playful and adventurous – I admire that quality in anyone, but in art it’s essential. It’s interesting how much ink you lay down and yet it takes a back seat to the finished painting.

  2. You are such inspirations, Sandra Strait and Charlie O’Shields. Thanks for always bringing a bit of brightness, art and happiness into my life!

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