Goats & Coffee – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork- Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and American Journey Watercolor on a Hahnemühle Coldpress Watercolor Postcard. Thanks to NickyPe for sharing their work on Pixabay.

Did you know that Ethiopian legend says a shepherd realized his herd was more energetic after eating certain berries, so he tried them, and that is how coffee was discovered?

Doodlewash Prompt: Cocoa. ‘Cause coffee, cocoa … it’s all caffeine, right?

Tools:

To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here and scroll through to find one near you.

You can find Zebra pen products here.

St Bernard – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork- Daniel Smith Watercolor on a Hahnemühle Coldpress Watercolor Postcard. Reference photo courtesy of ClaudiaWollesen on Pixabay.

Did you know the St Bernard was originally bred as a farm dog in the French Alps? Later, the breed was used as a rescue dog for avalanche victims, carrying pouches of food and water. Alas, the barrel of whiskey is just a myth.

Doodlewash prompt: Friend. Because if you were lost in the snow, one of these guys would be a friend indeed, whiskey or not.

Tools:

To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here and scroll through to find one near you.

You can find Zebra pen products here.

Broom, Windy & Leaves


Artwork: Zebra pen ClickArt markers in a Hahnemühle beige-toned watercolor sketchbook.

Did you know it’s believed the household sweeper is called a broom because originally it was made from one of several species of broom plant (scot’s broom, common broom, french broom, etc.).

Three Doodlewash prompts in one drawing with a poem to go along, of course.

History of the Broom

Back in history
we zoom, and find the broomstick
was the common broom

Flower and green leaves
tied together stick to stalk,
made a broom to sweep the walk

Windy days and Autumn
leaf did blow; broom was planted
for broomsticks to grow

There is currently a giveaway for six Hahnemühle toned watercolor sketchbooks at Doodlewash! You can find it here.

Weimaraner – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork- Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and American Journey Watercolor on a Hahnemühle Coldpress Watercolor Postcard. Thanks to ElvisClooth for sharing their work on Pixabay.

Did you know that Weimaraners (Vahy-muh-rah-ner) are born with tiger stripes and light blue eyes? The stripes disappear after a week or so, and the eyes eventually become light amber or blue-gray.

Doodlewash Prompt: Dream. Because I think this pup is dreaming that he’s chewing on a steak instead of a flip-flop sandal.

Tools:

To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here and scroll through to find one near you.

You can find Zebra pen products here.

Cat in the Moonlight


Artwork: Gouache in a Hahnemühle grey-toned watercolor sketchbook.

If you are here for my Hahnemühle Nostalgie sketchpad and Sarasa Clip Pens giveaway, you can find it here.

Three Doodlewash prompts in one painting & to keep it simple I went with a Haiku poem this time.


Beneath the moonlight,
Into the night sky, cat yowls
his message of love.

There is currently a giveaway for six Hahnemühle toned watercolor sketchbooks at Doodlewash! You can find it here.

Giveaway-Closed


I’m so happy to be able to giveaway away these items. I’ve spent so much time with these pens and this paper, and I love being able to share them. Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pens don’t blob or skip and come in such a wonderful range of colors. I like coloring an area and spreading the color with a wet brush. The Nostalgie paper has handled every medium I’ve ever tried using on it. It isn’t watercolor paper, but handles wet very well. The colors stay rich and bright on it. It’s just my favorite paper for a wide range of mediums.

As you may know I’m a Zebra Pen Ambassador. Hahnemühle doesn’t have an Ambassador program, but they send me free product to review and use on a regular basis. Recently, both companies sent me product to giveaway! This is the second of two giveaways.

Giveaway  is over!

U. S. only

Prizes: One winner will receive:
One Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketch Pad-Portrait 5.8 x 8.3 in./14.8 x 21 cm.
One Pkg 20-Count Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pens in Assorted Colors
One Pkg 8-Count Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pens in Shiny Colors
One Pkg 9-Count Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pens in Milk Colors

Two Ways To Enter:

  1. Send me an email at LifeImitatesDoodles@gmail.com with: ‘I want to win the Life Imitates Doodles Giveaway 2‘ in the subject line
  2. Visit my LifeImitatesDoodles Instagram account and follow the instructions there.

Giveaway ends on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 11:59 PM PDT. Winner will be notified by a response to the email they sent, or by DM if the winner entered on Instagram.

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Doodlewash September – 30 Prompts in One Drawing


If you are looking for my Viviva Colorsheets and Sketchbook review, you can find it here.

This was drawn with Zebra Pens Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pens in a Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchpad AND… Tomorrow, I have a giveaway for someone to win a complete set of Sarasa Retractable Clip Gel Pens and a Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchpad!

I’ve been trying to keep up with the Doodlewash prompts by combining a week’s worth of prompts in one drawing or painting. This September, though, was crazy with wildfires, reviews, and working on my book. Even a drawing a week was too much.

But Mary Roff came up with some fantastic prompts and I really wanted to use them. Suddenly, I wondered if I could combine them – all 30 prompts – in one drawing. Turns out I could!

I needed the entire page, so printed out the poem I came up with – very Alice in Wonderlandish it is too – and taped it down next to the drawing.

Tools:

To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here and scroll through to find one near you.

Hahnemühle Nostalgie Book (review)

You can find Zebra pen products here.

Zebra Pen Sarasa Clip Retractable Gel Ink Pens

REVIEW: Viviva Colorsheets and Sketchbook


Have you ever been out painting on the go, or even in a small area at home, and wondered how to carry everything and where to set it all down?

Please check out my review at Doodlewash to learn more about Viviva Colorsheets, an elegant solution to the problem, and about their beautiful new sketchbook!

Giveaway Closed-Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketch Pad & Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pens


One of my favorite combinations to work with is Nostalgie paper and Sarasa Clip Pens. I use the pens in both the traditional manner and as watercolors. You can see a couple of examples here and here.

As you may know I’m a Zebra Pen Ambassador. Hahnemühle doesn’t have an Ambassador program, but they send me free product to review and use on a regular basis. Recently, both companies sent me product to giveaway! This is the first of two giveaways.

Giveaway  (IS OVER)

U. S. only

Prizes: One winner will receive:
One Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketch Pad-Portrait 5.8 x 8.3 in./14.8 x 21 cm.
One Pkg 20-Count Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pens in Assorted Colors
One Pkg 8-Count Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pens in Shiny Colors
One Pkg 9-Count Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pens in Milk Colors

Two Ways To Enter:

  1. Send me an email at LifeImitatesDoodles@gmail.com with: ‘I want to win the Life Imitates Doodles Giveaway 1‘ in the subject line
  2. Visit my LifeImitatesDoodles Instagram account and follow the instructions there.

Giveaway ends on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 11:59 PM PDT. Winner will be notified by a response to the email they sent, or by DM if the winner entered on Instagram.

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Doodlewash Doodles – August, Week 2


Yes. That’s how far behind I am. These are Doodlewash prompts for the 2nd week of August!

The other thing of note is that I drew this with Zebra Pens Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pens (yes! You can use them like they were watercolor!) in a Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchpad (yes! Nostalgie paper now comes in PADS!) AND…

Tomorrow, I have a giveaway for someone to win –

One Hahnemühle Nostalgie SketchPad-Portrait 5.8 x 8.3 in./14.8 x 21 cm.
One Pkg 20-Count Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pens in Assorted Colors
One Pkg 8-Count Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pens in Shiny Colors
One Pkg 9-Count Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pens in Milk Colors

The Poem with Doodlewash Prompts italicized.

A paleontologist dances a jig,

A historic moment has occurred at his dig!

With tools of patience and shovel and brush,

He’s uncovered a fossil with bones uncrushed.

A creature with paddle-like flippers he’s freed.

The magpie thinks, ‘There’s nothing left for a feed!’

It laughs, his feet on the barbed-wire fence,

And decides that the dance makes little sense.

  • Aug. 9-Fossil
  • Aug. 10-Tool
  • Aug. 11-Feed
  • Aug. 12-Dance
  • Aug. 13-Barbed Wire
  • Aug. 14-Magpie
  • Aug. 15-Paddle
  • Aug. 16-Historic Moment
  • Aug. 17-Feed

Photo References from Pixabay:

PublicDomainPictures

Free-Photos

Free-Photos

TheOtherKev

Tools:

To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here and scroll through to find one near you.

Hahnemühle Nostalgie Book (review)

You can find Zebra pen products here.

Zebra Pen Sarasa Clip Retractable Gel Ink Pens

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