REVIEW: Albrecht Dürer® Faber-Castell Artists’ Watercolor Markers

Ever dreamed about watercolor markers that are non-toxic, odorless and have high to maximum lightfastness?

Please check out my full review at Doodlewash to learn more about these professional quality markers!

REVIEW – The Hahnemühle Collection Watercolour Blocks and Sketch Pads

Hahnemühle has added the Collection to their mould-made watercolour papers, as well as sketch pads and pastel papers.

Please check out my full review at Doodlewash to learn more about thisextremely durable paper, and how I turned this painting …

… into this painting of Koi!

REVIEW: Hahnemühle Toned Watercolour Books

Hahnemühle now has toned Watercolour books in beige and gray! Subtle tones that are great for urban sketching, plein air and just any time you want a more natural tone to your watercolor paintings.

Please check out my full review of this lovely at Doodlewash.

TUTORIAL: How to Draw a Chick with Zebra Pens

Can you scribble? Take that talent and draw this chick and other animals.

To learn how to draw my scribbly chick and more, read my tutorial at the Zebra Pen Z-Blog.

Big day for me today! Besides my tutorial, I have a review of REVIEW: Hahnemühle’s New Toned Watercolour Books coming up at Doodlewash sometime today.

REVIEW: The Art Toolkit by Expeditionary Art

When I saw the Art Toolkit from Expeditionary Art, it was a matter of love at first site. Now, one is mine. All mine.

Maria Coryell-Martin is an expeditionary artist. She has developed this kit and the included pocket palette, to stand up to the needs and extremes of polar conditions.

It’s so wonderful, I knew you’d want a review. You can find it here at Doodlewash.

Maria has also given me a code for 15% off purchases at her website (good until April 30th) and a demi-palette with five extra mini-pans for a giveaway (now closed).

I wish I had one of the Art Toolkits to give you, but the demi-palette is pretty nice, too! It’s half the size of a business card and holds 12 colors. Truly, an on-the-go palette you can fit in your pocket.

To Enter the Giveaway (closed – winner has been notified and has responded) :

Sorry, with all the COVID-19 dysfunction going on, I’m going to make this giveaway U.S. only.

Prize includes:

  • One Demi Palette with 12 mini pans
  • 5 extra mini pans
  • Drawstring bag for carrying palette
  • Expeditionary Art Button

Send me an email at with:

  • I want to win a Demi-Palette‘ in the subject line
  • A sentence or two telling me what you would paint.

Giveaway ends on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 11:59 PM PDT. I’ll announce the winner sometime on Monday, April 6.

REVIEW: ‘More Tangle Starts’ by Alice Hendon

In 2017, Alice Hendon published ‘Tangle Starts’, a collection of beautiful mixed media background pages. She’s followed up with another book ‘More Tangle Starts’

Alice also offered a copy for a giveaway (now closed)

To see a video walk-through and learn more about this excellent book, read my review of Alice Hendon’s ‘More Tangle Starts’ at Doodlewash.

Giveaway has ended:

Send me an email at with:

  • MORE TANGLE STARTS – I WANT TO WIN A COPY‘ in the subject line
  • A sentence or two telling me what you would do with the book.

Giveaway ends on Sunday, March 15 at 11:59 PM PDT. I’ll announce the winner sometime on Monday, March 16.

Go To Palette for animals

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been playing with some new colors. I’ve found that I’ve been using the same Daniel Smith colors quite a bit when painting my daily postcards for the lunch bag.

But I wasn’t entirely happy with my choices. So I decided to try some other colors. A few I already had and just hadn’t used for a while. Some came from a new palette set I just bought (the Pacific Northwest set, curated by Molly Hashimoto and available at

I don’t expect to keep all of these as my daily go-to colors, and I may add others.

Note the lack of reds. This isn’t the palette I’d use for flowers or birds. It’s pretty much meant to be the one I use for my animal paintings.

My chart looks a bit rough. That’s because I wanted it to show the colors as I would use them. I lifted color in areas, layered with glazes and did many of the things I’m not supposed to, lol.

In the past, I’ve mixed my browns, but having fallen in love with Piemontite Genuine, I decided to add Hematite Burnt Scarlet Genuine. It’s lighter and oh! It granulates so beautifully. What I’m finding is that it’s a lovely base color, especially allowed to blend into the Nickel Titanate Yellow, Naples Yellow or Monte Amiata. When I’m trying to get that ticked fur color, the granulation sort of does it naturally.

So here’s what I’m playing with at the moment.

Tutorial-How to Draw a Fun & Easy Turtle

Artwork: Zebra Zensations Technical Pen, Sarasa Clip Gel Pen and Mechanical Color Pencil in Hahnemühle Lilac 1584 dot-grid sketchbook

Susan Masters asked for a step-out for a Fun & Easy Turtle, so I did one. My example is blowing bubbles, so I’m using it for the Doodlewash prompt of Bubbles.

And here’s the step-out.


Hahnemühle 1584 Notebook (review)

Spotlight on the ArtBin Sidekick Art & Craft Supply Storage with Paint Pallet Tray

One of the items I received for Christmas was an ArtBin Sidekick Art & Craft Supply Storage with Paint Pallet Tray. It’s fantastic for organizing and for traveling with your art supplies. And did I mention it comes with a paint pallet tray?

Please check out my full review of this lovely at Doodlewash.

Tutorial-How to Draw a Fun Hippo

This morning I posted a review of the Hahnemühle 1584 Notebook at Doodlewash. The dot grid paper is so fine for creating step-outs and I love working on the purple paper for my examples. The color does half my work!

This was done in the Lilac version. I can’t wait to try out the Peach and Sea Green notebooks with the peach and green blank paper.


Hahnemühle 1584 Notebook