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’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.

Diggory Wombat Goes Flying Part 2


I’m sharing the story with you in serial fashion, two pages a day, over a 9 day period.

PART 1

Writing Translated

PG 3: It seemed easy enough. Run, flap your arms, and jump. Diggory ran, flapping his arms as fast as he could, but when he jumped …

PG 4: … he fell to the ground with a thump! “I need to be higher,” he thought.

Stay tune for Part 3, tomorrow!

Details Behind the Story

Way back in June, for his July birthday, my hubby asked for a follow-up story to the Diggory Wombat Gets Lost book that I wrote and illustrated for him. Unfortunately, my Muse wasn’t interested so, after months of dithering, I wrote and illustrated the book in 4 days!

This book was done in one of Hahnemühle’s ZigZag accordion books. The book is one long sheet, folded into 18 pages. I love working on this paper!

Diggory Wombat Goes Flying Part 1


Way back in June, for his July birthday, my hubby asked for a follow-up story to the Diggory Wombat Gets Lost book that I wrote and illustrated for him. Unfortunately, my Muse wasn’t interested.

I hoped inspiration would strike, but finally decided in December that it wasn’t going to happen, and forced it. After months of dithering, I wrote and illustrated it in four days. That’s the kind of thing that happens when your Muse is a diva, lol.

This book was done in one of Hahnemühle’s ZigZag accordion books. The book is one long sheet, folded into 18 pages. I love working on this paper!

I’m sharing the story with you in serial fashion, two pages a day over a 9 day period. My writing is bit sloppy, so I’ll translate it for you.

PG 1: Diggory Wombat Goes Flying

PG 2: One morning, Diggory was watching a flock of birds landing and flying back into the sky. “Flying looks like fun!” he thought.

Stay tune for Part 2, tomorrow!

Polar Bear – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Da Vinci watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Princeton Neptune Round, size 8.

I hope you’ve all had a fabulous day, no matter what holiday you celebrate or whether you celebrate anything at all. Joy to the World means Joy to everyone!

Did you know that polar bears don’t really hibernate? Winter is actually their best hunting season because they use the sea ice that forms to find their prey.

During the lean hunting season of the summer, these bears go in and out of a state of ‘walking hibernation’, lowering their metabolism, breathing and heart rate when food is scarce and coming out of it when well-fed. Females enter this state while in the den during pregnancy and while nursing young.

Doodlewash prompt ‘Polar Bear’.

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review).

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Da Vinci Watercolors 

Princeton Neptune Travel Brush, Series 4750, Round, Size 8

Hatter the Reindeer- Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Da Vinci watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Princeton Neptune Round, size 8.

Sure. Everyone knows about Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen and even Rudolph. But what about Hatter? You know, the reindeer that has to carry replacement hats for the ones that Santa loses to the wind, chimneys, forgetfulness and aggressive Christmas Tree branches.

Doodlewash prompt ‘reindeer’.

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review).

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Da Vinci Watercolors 

Princeton Neptune Travel Brush, Series 4750, Round, Size 8

Arctic Fox – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Da Vinci Gouache on a Stonehenge Aqua ColdPress Black watercolor paper. Brushes: Jack Richeson 713995 Watermedia Pocket Plein Air Brush Set. Photo courtesy of diapicard on Pixabay.

Today, my hubby took a fox in his lunchbag.

Doodlewash prompt ‘Arctic Fox’.

I actually painted this a while ago. It was one of my first test with Da Vinci’s gouache. I had to try that brand. Their tubes come in 37 ml tubes and are priced much the same as the 14-15 ml tubes from other brands.

Taking a Day Off From the Internet


Artwork: Zebra Zensations Technical pen & Zebra Pen Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen on Hahnemuhle Nostalgie Postcard

Back in October, I did a pen and ink drawing for the Inktober challenge and I decided some of them needed to be colored in. I kind of wish I hadn’t with this one.

Anyhoo, I’m taking tomorrow off from the internet for a “I’ve-got-to-get-this-stuff-done-and-I-won’t-if-I-get-on-the-computer” day. Depending on how it goes, I may take 2 or 3 days away.

See you again soon!