Route 66

#DoodlewashJune2021 prompt: Vacation. I know I already did this prompt, but I did this one first, mislaid it and did the other. Finally found this one so

Did you know that Route 66, one of the original U.S. highways, became known as the ‘Mother Road’, but was first called ‘Bloody 66’ because of the many accidents that occurred on its narrow and twisted roads? Over the years, the road was made safer, then obsolete by new, high-speed highways.

I stained the postcard with a mix of Dried Butterfly Peaflower tea, and black tea to the map-like colors. The States were free-handed so not very accurate, but that wasn’t really the object. Once the background dried, I drew the States and car, then painted with watercolor.

Reference photo courtesy of Pexels.

  • Pen: Zebra Zensations Technical Pen
  • Background: Dried Butterfly Peaflower Tea & Black Tea
  • Paint: Daler-Rowney Aquafine watercolor inks
  • Paper: Hahnemühle cold-press watercolor Postcard
  • Brush: ZenArt Black Tulip brushes


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Published by 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.

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