Crinoid Limestone

Artwork: Zebra Pen ClickArt Retractable Marker Pen in a Hahnemühle Cappuccino sketchbook. Reference photo courtesy of glaciergary on Pixabay.

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Doodlewash prompt: Limes. I’m being tricky again and drew a picture of limestone with crinoid (sea lilies, starfish, urchins, etc) fossils instead of limes.

Did you know that the Colosseum, the Sphinx, and many of the pyramids were built with limestone?

Something Green on Lilac

Artwork done with Zebra Pen’s cool new ClickArt Retractable Marker Pen & Kirarich Glitter Highlighters in a Hahnemühle Lilac 1584 sketchbook#Hahnemühle_USA #ZebraPen_USA #ZebraAmbassador

Doodlewash prompt: Something Green

An Oldie, Moonlit

I’m back from my family reunion in Florida, trying to get over the cold I got while there (really, the family could have thought up a better gift, lol). I’ve used up all the paintings I did ahead of time, and I need to work on some reviews and tutorials.

So. Facebook came up with this: “Sandra, this photo from 7 years ago today was your most loved that year. We thought you’d like to look back on it.”

It was always one of my favorites, possibly because the original was lost along with some luggage. I’d taken it on a similar trip to the one I just took so it seemed fitting for today’s post.

For the reasons, mentioned above I may not post every day this week. Then again, the muse might decide to go mad and art might bloom from my fingers like spring blossoms in the rain. Unlikely, but ya just never know!

Leaves of Living Stone

Artwork: Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor in a Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook. Brush: Escoda Perla Round size 8, 10 and 12. Reference photo courtesy of derevv on Pixabay.

Doodlewash Prompt: Leaves

Lithiops are a succulent plant with leaves that look like pebbles, camouflage so that animals won’t eat them during the droughts of Southern Africa. They are called Living Stones, although they are totally plants.


Hahnemühle Nostalgie Book (review).

Daniel Smith Watercolor:

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Joseph Zbukvic Watercolor Set No.1 Set of 3 Fine Artist Paint Brushes

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)

Cherry Blossoms

Artwork – Holbein Gouache in a Hahnemühle Grey Book.

Doodlewash Prompt: Cherry Blossom

I was feeling rather unmotivated today, so I decided to just jump in and paint with out a reference photo or planning.

It was also a bit of an experiment. One of the issues (so I’m told) with gouache is that it can crack if painted too heavily on a flexible surface. I haven’t used it too much in sketchbooks or journals, so I decided to pile it on. I painted several layers using fresh paint, and you can both see and feel the brush strokes.

The paper curled, which was to be expected, but I knew the paper in my Hahnemühle Grey Book would flatten out afterwards. Once the paint dried, I literally rolled the paper into a tube and then smoothed it out. The paper has some dimpling but is now flat and there was no cracking of the gouache.

I’ll check it again in a week or two when the paint has had a chance to cure completely. This will give me a pretty good feel for what I can get away with in thickness of paint.

Hahnemühle Grey Book

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Joseph Zbukvic Watercolor Set No.1 Set of 3 Fine Artist Paint Brushes

Sunset in Fog

Artwork – Daniel Smith watercolor in a Hahnemühle Cappuccino Book. Photo reference courtesy of jplenio on Pixabay.

Doodlewash Prompt: Sunset

The moment I saw the prompt sunset, I knew the exact photo reference that I wanted to paint, and I knew my Cappuccino sketchbook (review) had the paper I wanted to use.

I used white gouache for the most intense light and I wish I had just used the color of the paper. It creates a beautiful subtle glow, but now I know!