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.
You may have seen the meme ‘Live Life Like the Gate was Left Open’, which usually features a photo of a dog running madly and happily. Well, in this case it’s a sheep. Personally, I’m thinking that the gate was not left open, and this guy has lost his marbles.
So I’m claiming it for the Doodlewash prompt of ‘Marbles’.
I saw this photo reference by fsHH on Pixabay and knew I had to include it in my Counting Sheep watercolor sketchbook.
You can read my review of Mary Roff’s excellent handmade sketchbooks here.
I love painting cactus and was eager to do this prompt, but I wanted to do something that didn’t scream ‘cactus’! ArtTower’s beautifully lighted reference photo fit the bill perfectly.
The Cappuccino book has lovely colored paper that creates a subtle glow when surrounded by darker colors (you can find my review here). I knew it would be perfect to capture the look I wanted. Even though it is more of a sketchbook and doesn’t have paper formulated for watercolor, it holds up to watercolor well.
If you use a lot of water, the paper dimples and gets that crunchy sound when you turn the page (I love that sound!) but flattens nicely. You notice the dimpling on the back of the page but not so much on the front. If you don’t use much water, the paper only dimples a little bit.
And the paper works beautifully with almost any medium!
With Christmas gift cards burning up in the pockets of those looking for places to use it, I thought I should mention Mary Roff’s excellent handmade sketchbooks once again. You can read my review here.
This painting didn’t work the way I hoped. I used the color-lifting method again, but instead of using my regular brushes, I used a scrubber brush.
If you are unfamiliar, a scrubber brush is a hard-bristled with short fibers and it is designed to … lift color. I tried one years ago, but didn’t like it. However, I’m much better at watercolor these days, and decided I really should try it again.
Nope. Still don’t like it. When you lift color from a page, in essence, you are lifting fibers and damaging the paper. By doing so, lightly, you can get a softly textured look. If you scrub too hard, you can get a muddy mess and paper that won’t let you apply any more color.
In my opinion, the scrubber takes off too much fiber all at once and moves the color around to aggressively. Perhaps, it’s my lack of experience with this kind of brush, but I was using it with with very light pressure. At any rate, I couldn’t add more color in some places, so I couldn’t continue as planned. I’m not unhappy with the finished piece though.
The sheep in this reference photo from Pier52 seems to have a ‘I’ve just got to sit down for a minute’ feel that I was going for, and I think I captured it.
I wasn’t sure HOW to do it. Buildings and vehicles – things with fairly straight lines baffle me a bit. It isn’t the straightness, exactly.
There is an eye-hand coordination that happens when you draw or paint. What you see is NOT the same as what you draw, so your brain has to translate it into something your hand understands. Hands are quite stupid, and need a lot of translation.
My brain doesn’t speak buildings and vehicle very well, lol.
Tamara’s video gave me some new understanding, and my brain was finally able to direct my hands.
I decided colored pencil would give me the softness I wanted and the grey-tone of the paper would immediately give the night-time feel to the piece.
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If you are looking for the Life Imitates Doodles Weekly Wednesday Giveaway #8, you can find it here. And you can find my review of the new Hahnemühle ZigZag book here.
This is a bleedthrumanade that I did in 2011. I created Rainbow Lagoon with Letraset Fineliner & Promarkers (alcohol markers) in a Paperblanks journal. Then I turned the page and used the color that had bled through to the back and created this Green Stallion.