Vases on a Black Table


#DoodlewashAugust2021 prompt: Vase. Did you know that the Egyptians are believed to be the first people to use vases for decorative purposes. Before that, they were mainly used for storage. I realized last night that I hadn’t done anything for this prompt, so I grabbed a background I had done using my loose & lovelyContinue reading “Vases on a Black Table”

The Non-elephant Hippopotamus


Did you know that hippos are not related to elephants? But they are related to giraffes, moose, camels, cows, sheep – something to do with 4-chambered stomachs. What a wonderful world we live in! This is my first acrylic painting in a long time! It’s going to take me a while to get used toContinue reading “The Non-elephant Hippopotamus”

Gland-bearing Jewelweed


The last day of July! The last day of World Watercolor Month 2021! #WorldWatercolorMonth prompt: Jewel. The sap from the Jewelweed is an effective antidote to poison ivy! The name makes me laugh – you seldom think of jewels and glands at the same time. Today’s the last day that you can purchase the limitedContinue reading “Gland-bearing Jewelweed”

Watercolor Flower Painting: How to Paint a Flamingo Feather Plant


This month, ZenArt’s World Watercolor Month has been doing a series of watercolor tutorials. It’s World Watercolor Month, and today’s optional prompt is Feathered. I thought about doing a video on how to paint a feather – but there are a lot of those! Then I saw the Flamingo Feather Celosia, and thought ah! simpleContinue reading “Watercolor Flower Painting: How to Paint a Flamingo Feather Plant”

REVIEW: ZenArt Allegro Travel Watercolor Paint Set 24 Warm Colors


Interested in a watercolor set that comes in a beautiful, stylish case with colors intended to create a sunny, happy mood? ZenArt has released four new cake (aka pan) watercolor sets — the Espresso, the Allegro, the Sereno and the Prezioso.  To learn more, read my review of the Allegro set at Doodlewash!

Lyreleaf Sage & The Bird of Paradise


It’s July! It’s a month! It’s World Watercolor Month! I’ve got two flowers to share today, because tomorrow I have a review of ZenArt’s new Allegro Watercolor set! #WorldWatercolorMonth prompts: Instrument & Carefree. Lyreleaf sage is often used as an alternative groundcover to grass because it holds up well to mowing. The Bird of ParadiseContinue reading “Lyreleaf Sage & The Bird of Paradise”

Review: Gansai Tambi Watercolors


Traditional transparent watercolor, gouache, watercolor inks.  Just when you think you know them all there comes yet another kind of watercolor! Like many ‘new’ discoveries, Gansai has been around forever. So what is it, and how is it different? Interested? Read my review of the 48-color set of Gansai Tambi Watercolors from Kuretake at Doodlewash!

Focused & Camouflaged


It’s July! It’s a month! It’s World Watercolor Month! #WorldWatercolorMonth prompts: Focused & Camouflaged. Nothing helps you focus like spectacles, so the Spectacled Pod plant was my choice for this prompt. Falsehood is a form of camouflage, and the Bugloss flower symbolizes falsehood. I posted two flowers today because tomorrow I have a review ofContinue reading “Focused & Camouflaged”

Forget-Me-Nots


It’s July! It’s a month! It’s World Watercolor Month! #WorldWatercolorMonth2021 prompt: Lost. A gift of Forget-Me-Nots says the memory of you will never be lost!  Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Paint-ZenArt Allegro Watercolor & White Gouache Paper-Hahnemühle Grey-toned Watercolour Paper Brush-ZenArt Black Tulip brush I finished another sheet of World Watercolor Month flowers. Only one moreContinue reading “Forget-Me-Nots”

The Monsoon Plant Plumeria


It’s July! It’s a month! It’s World Watercolor Month! #WorldWatercolorMonth2021 prompt: Weathered. Plumeria is one of the Monsoon Plants, so named because they grow well during monsoon season. You could call a fully grown plumeria a well weathered plant! Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Paint-ZenArt Allegro Watercolor & White Gouache Paper-Hahnemühle Grey-toned Watercolour Paper Brush-ZenArt BlackContinue reading “The Monsoon Plant Plumeria”