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.

Hummingbird on Lilac


Artwork: Zebra Sarasa Clip Ballpoint and Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pen in a Hahnemühle 1584 notebook. In 2017, I did a series of step-outs and step-by-step landscapes, which included many for birds and animals as well as plants. Among the very first was my step-out for the hummingbird, which this drawing is based on. Tools:Continue reading “Hummingbird on Lilac”

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 PeachContinue reading “Tutorial-How to Draw a Fun Hippo”

REVIEW: Hahnemühle 1584 Notebook


Hahnemühle has entered the Stationery FineArt line and given us the 1584 Notebook. Yes, it has dot grid paper, but it also has blank colored paper! What? Coming in Lilac, Peach and Sea Green, this notebook has three sections: 40 sheets of dot grid 20 sheets of blank color coordinated paper 40 sheets of dotContinue reading “REVIEW: Hahnemühle 1584 Notebook”

Live Life Like the Gate was Left Open – Counting Sheep #7


Artwork – Daniel Smith Watercolor on Fabriano Artistico on Fabriano Artistico in a Mary Roff handmade sketchbook 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 theContinue reading “Live Life Like the Gate was Left Open – Counting Sheep #7”

Cactus In Cappuccino


Artwork – Daniel Smith watercolor in a Hahnemühle Cappuccino Book. Photo reference courtesy of ArtTower on Pixabay. Doodlewash Prompt: Cactus 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 lovelyContinue reading “Cactus In Cappuccino”

Sitting Down – Counting Sheep #6


Artwork – Daniel Smith Watercolor on Fabriano Artistico on Fabriano Artistico in a Mary Roff handmade sketchbook 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’tContinue reading “Sitting Down – Counting Sheep #6”

Sketchbook Revival – My Whimsical Buildings. Kind of


If you are looking for the Life Imitates Doodles Weekly Wednesday Giveaway #13 , you can find it here. Zebra Zensations Technical Pen & Colored Pencil, with a touch of white & yellow gel pen, in a Hahnemühle Grey Book. Tamara LaPorte shows how she creates fun and wonderful Whimsical Buildings in her session ofContinue reading “Sketchbook Revival – My Whimsical Buildings. Kind of”

The Green Stallion & The Rainbow Lagoon


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.Continue reading “The Green Stallion & The Rainbow Lagoon”

Toilet Paper Mache Tutorial


In 2014, I joined a free year-long journal prompt group, Journal52, run by Chelle Stein.  This was the art journal page that I did for the prompt of ‘Building Character’. She looks like a character, doesn’t she? Since I turned this into a tutorial, I thought this would be a good post for Sunday’s ‘older art’Continue reading “Toilet Paper Mache Tutorial”