From Shoe to Birdhouse – Exercise 6


#doodlewashMay2022 prompts: Entrance. I’m working my way through Charlie O’Shields latest book of creative exercises (along with the exercises he posts in the Sketching Stuff newsletter). ‘Create Like a Kid Again‘ – Exercise 6. Look Closer. 10 Things I Noticed About One of My Shoes Tie Dyed Pink Interior Blue Ribbon White Borders on tongueContinue reading “From Shoe to Birdhouse – Exercise 6”

Stir Vigorously


#doodlewashMay2022 prompts: Bowl. I’m working my way through Charlie O’Shields latest book of creative exercises (along with the exercises he posts in the Sketching Stuff newsletter). ‘Create Like a Kid Again‘ – Exercise 5. Scribble Fun. My text got cut off in the scan, but it says “The Instructions said stir vigorously!” Mary Roff MultiContinue reading “Stir Vigorously”

Review-Paul Rubens Round Cold-Pressed Watercolor Block


Rectangular and square. Square and rectangular. Those are pretty much the usual choices when it comes to watercolor paper. But, sometimes, you want to shake things up, inspire the muse, or just get out of your comfort zone. Paul Rubens Round Watercolor Block is a 7.48 inch (19 cm) diameter round shape, that’s a good sizeContinue reading “Review-Paul Rubens Round Cold-Pressed Watercolor Block”

Review-Handmade Multi Media Journal from PaintPalettesPages


Recently, I was gifted with a handmade multi media journal from Mary Roff.  Each one of her journals is unique, so no one else has one exactly like yours!  Mine has 15 different papers and 42 sheets/84 pages. The  Kraft-Tex cover is hand-painted with whimsical flowers. It’s a pleasure to look at and feels fabulousContinue reading “Review-Handmade Multi Media Journal from PaintPalettesPages”

The Tangled Pizza Fish


#doodlewashMarch2022: Pizza. Did you know there really isn’t such a thing as a pizza fish, tangled or otherwise? However, there are recipes for adding cheese and various item to fish fillets and some people put fish on their pizzas, so the connection is clear! (fish on pizza!!! Yuck! Spit! Spit! Ack!) This is another pieceContinue reading “The Tangled Pizza Fish”

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,Continue reading “Broom, Windy & Leaves”

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 yowlshis messageContinue reading “Cat in the Moonlight”

Pearls on Peach


Artwork: Zebra Zensations Technical pen, ClickArt Marker pens, Metallic Brush Pens, and Sarasa Clip Retractable Gel Ink Pens in a Hahnemühle 1584 notebook. Reference photo coutesy of jdurham at the Morguefile. Doodlewash prompt: Pearl. Did you know that pearl oysters are born male and become female at around three years of age. Neat trick. On Friday, IContinue reading “Pearls on Peach”

An Oldie, Moonlit


I’m back from my family reunion in Florida, trying to get over the cold I got while there (really, the family could have thought up a better gift, lol). I’ve used up all the paintings I did ahead of time, and I need to work on some reviews and tutorials. So. Facebook came up withContinue reading “An Oldie, Moonlit”

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”