REVIEW – Mary Roff Handmade Sketchbook


Recently, I bought one of Mary Roff’s beautiful handmade sketchbooks from her Etsy shop. It’s a piece of art in itself and a joy to work in, so I had to do a review for you.

Please check out my review of this lovely sketchbook at Doodlewash.

A Blessing of Narwhals – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


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

Be sure to check Doodlewash on Monday for my review of a beautiful Mary Roff handmade sketchbook.

Did you know that Narwhals are a toothed whale species that have none, one or two teeth? Male narwhals almost always have one overgrown tooth, that becomes a long tusk. The poor females usually don’t have any teeth at all.

A group of narwhals is called a blessing.

Doodlewash prompt ‘Narwhal’.

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review).

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Daniel Smith Watercolor Half Pan Set of 15 Ultimate Mixing Set  ( review

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

Dormouse – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and QoR watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Princeton Neptune Travel Round size 8. Photo courtesy of Gartenredakteurin on Pixabay.

My hubby took a Dormouse in his lunchbag. Did you know that the dormouse can hibernate six months or longer, if the weather is cold enough.

Doodlewash prompt ‘mouse’.

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review).

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

QOR Watercolor Half Pan Set of 12 Ultimate Mixing Set

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

 

Zwartbles – Counting Sheep #4


Artwork – Da Vinci Gouache on Fabriano Artistico on Fabriano Artistico in a Mary Roff handmade sketchbook

Number 4? Where are Counting Sheep 1 – 3?

Well, check Doodlewash on Monday for my review of the beautiful Mary Roff handmade sketchbook that I recently bought and you’ll find those first three little, lost sheep.

I love painting sheep, and hubby gets tired of getting them in his lunchbag, so I decided this was going to be my book for Counting Sheep. There are 40 pages and I’ve already started painting, but I’m going to try and make it a weekly thing. Forty weeks of counting sheep – I hope that gives me plenty of sleep!

Oh, and Zwartbles is a breed of Dutch sheep, if you were wondering about that word.

Art Supplies for the Artist Who Has Everything


‘Tis the season that’s the reason for spending money on gifts for friends, family and, of course, yourself! Everyone’s compiling lists of their favorites and I’ve done the same.

There have been many innovative art supplies that hit the market over the last couple of years and many have become part of my daily use, so my list is made up of items that are just a little different in some way.

Please check out my list at Doodlewash.

French Bulldog – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen, White Uniball Signo Gel Pens, and QoR watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Princeton Neptune Travel Round size 8. Photo courtesy of Pezibear on Pixabay.

Today, my hubby took a French Bulldog in his lunchbag. Did you know that these guys originated in England? They were a favorite lap warmer among workers in the lace industry and when that industry moved to France so did these little guys.

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

White Uniball Signo Gel Pens

QoR Watercolor Half Pan Set of 12   (review)

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

 

Gouache VS Acrylic Gouache Part 2


Artwork – Da Vinci Gouache over Holbein Acrylic Gouache on Fabriano Artistico in a Mary Roff handmade sketchbook .

Yesterday’s post discussed the difference between watercolor-based gouache and acrylic-based gouache, and I showed you a background that I did using the acyrlic gouache. Which I’ll show you again …

Why so many streaks? The brush used was really cheap (like 25 cents on a bargain table). I knew that most of it would be covered over.

Reference photo courtesy of 422737 on Pixabay.

The watercolor sketchbook I’m painting in is devoted to sheep (more about that later this week). When, I saw this reference photo, I knew I wanted to do a stylized version of it, and decided to use the acrylic gouache background for it.

This was the first time that I painted over acrylic gouache.

What did I like about it most?

  • I was able to get some fabulous textures! The surface is especially good for dry brushing.

What did I like about it least?

  • It was hard to get good detail because the brush drags on the surface and the paint didn’t want to move.

So, in essence, what I liked the most about this medium is also what I disliked the most. The acrylic medium creates a surface that is rough enough to create interesting textures, but also makes it hard to get detail.

Lady & the Tramp – Counting Sheep #5

Most of that background above was covered over, because I kept trying to fix things (kind of like the hair-stylist who keeps clipping your hair to even things out). However, the background colors did subtly enhance the finished painting.

I wish I hadn’t chosen to do this painting in my Mary Roff sketchbook. It is filled with Fabriano Artistico, which has beautiful properties for a watercolor paper. Those properties were wasted because the acrylic gouache.

Will I use this method again?

Oh yes. Now that I know how it reacts, I’ll plan accordingly. The acrylic gouache replaces whatever surface a paper naturally has – so I’ll choose a cheaper paper (or wood or cardboard or whatever) to paint on. When I paint over it – whether with either kind of gouache or watercolor, I’ll use paint fresh from the tube that will spread more easily.

So now you know what I know when it comes to acrylic gouache. I’m looking forward to learning more!