Gold Dust Piranha – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen, Daniel Smith and Van Gogh watercolor on a Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Escoda Perla Round Size 8 and 12. Photo courtesy of Zoosnow on Pixabay.

Doodlewash prompt: Goldfish. I decided I had to find a different take on this prompt, so I decided to do a piranha. They do come in different colors, including the Gold Dust version.

Did you know that the piranha’s fierce reputation is greatly exaggerated? Some are even vegetarian!

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Daniel Smith watercolor:

Van Gogh Speciality Palette & Van Gogh Black Watercolour A4 Pad

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

 

 

Cygnet – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Jack Richeson Richeson Grey Matters Synthetic Watercolor Flat 1/4 Photo courtesy of MabelAmber on Pixabay.

Doodlewash prompt ‘Swan’. A male Swan is called a cob, a female is called a pen and a baby (up to 6 months) is called a cygnet. The fear of swans is called Cygnophobia or Kiknophobia.

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review).

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Daniel Smith watercolor:

Jack Richeson Richeson Grey Matters Synthetic Watercolor Flat 1/4

 

Vegetable Aisle


Artwork- Schminke watercolor on a Stonehenge Aqua Black Cold Press watercolor paper. Brushes: Jack Richeson Richeson Grey Matters Synthetic Watercolor Flat 1/4

Although I like the bright intense color of gouache on black paper, there are times when I want color that is more subtle and opaque watercolor does the job. I’ve been looking for a good yellow that will hold its own against the dark paper, and suddenly remembered my Schmincke paints have a good answer.

I played around with Rutile yellow and a few other colors on my Schmincke palette. This was done on a piece of scrap paper, approx 3 x 4 inches.

What I like about the Rutile yellow for painting on black is that it doesn’t go green, but goes more to a cream. You won’t get loud lemons or banana colors (you need gouache for that!), but this is a good base for other colors or when you want the relief of a light color that won’t dominate.

Tools

Stonehenge Aqua Black Cold Press Watercolor paper

Jack Richeson Richeson Grey Matters Synthetic Watercolor Flat 1/4

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.

Tools

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

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

Not listed online, you must ask about it

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

Red Panda – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Schminke watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Jack Richeson Richeson Grey Matters Synthetic Watercolor Flat 1/4 Photo courtesy of Alexas_Fotos on Pixabay.

My hubby took a red panda in his lunch bag.

The red panda’s reddish orange fur is good camouflage because of a red-brown moss that grows on the trees where he lives.

Doodlewash prompt ‘Red Panda’.

Tools

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review).

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review

Jack Richeson Richeson Grey Matters Synthetic Watercolor Flat 1/4

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!