Back Alley & Playing with the Jane Davenport Collapsible Brush

Artwork – Watercolor on Hahnemühle YouTangle tile. Brush: Jane Davenport Travel Watercolor Brush Collapsible Mini Paint Brush

I was playing around with the new Jane Davenport collapsible travel watercolor brush. I decided not to do a full review on it because I think it has as many con’s and it does pro’s. But I thought I’d tell you a little about it.

Sorry. I made a really short video, but I can’t get it to work.

Rather than having a cap that you take off and on, the brush collapses. You pull on the handle, and the bristles appear. Push it back and the bristles are covered and safe from damage. But if you aren’t careful, it will collapse while you are painting.

It’s small, even at full size, which is nice for travel. But, it’s almost too small and I have a small hand. Plus, it’s easy to mislay. I’ve had to search for it twice already.

The brush is metal, and it’s bullet shape makes it sturdy. The mechanism works smoothly.

The bristles are small – they are bristles, not a fiber tip – and come to a fine point. They hold the point well while you’re painting. I like a larger brush but this size is fine for traveling.

When folded down, the opening is covered so nothing gets in.

The brush holds a fair amount of water for a synthetic.

Overall, I prefer this to a water brush, though it does mean a separate container for water. Most of my dislikes are due to my preferences, the size of both bristles and handle, and the amount of water it holds. The only thing that I think might be off-putting for most is the cost and the fact that the brush can collapse while you are painting with it.

REVIEW: ‘Tangle All Around the World’ by Alice Hendon

Last year, Alice Hendon invited the members of her ‘Tangle All Around’ Facebook group to submit tangle patterns for a book. Fifty contributors and 453 patterns later, Alice has published one of the largest collections of tangle pattern step-by-steps in the world.

To find out more, read my review of Alice Hendon’s ‘Tangle All Around the World’ at Doodlewash.

REVIEW: Miya Arts Solid Watercolor Palette

It’s cute! It’s practical! It’s under $20! This set includes 18 solid pan watercolors, a carrying case, a waterbrush and six sheets of bookmark sized paper. If you’ve been looking for a set to use on the go, for your sketchbooks, journals and coloring or just for practice …

… Check out my review of Miya Arts Solid Watercolor Palette at Doodlewash.

REVIEW – Hahnemühle Postcards

Postcards are a fantastic size for quick, relaxing artwork, and friend and family are thrilled to receive them. I paint or draw something on a postcard five days a week – to slip into my husband’s lunchbag each day.

I use postcards from Hahnemühle, so if you’ve followed my work for any length of time, you’ve seen them. Two new versions have been released so now I have four kinds to choose from – Nostalgie, Burgund, Cold-Pressed and Rough.

Why do I like these postcards, what’s the difference, and which ones do I choose each day for what reason?

Check out my review at Doodlewash.

Review: Hahnemühle ZigZag Book

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that I love doing reviews and have done many of them. Preferences and opinions vary, so I try not to overweight these reviews with my personal feelings.

But I’ve got to say that I really loved working in the ZigZag. It all just seemed to flow together. I just waved the brush around and the painting happened (okay – that’s a little bit of an exaggeration. A little bit.)

My review of the new Hahnemühle ZigZag book is up at Doodlewash here.

The Weekly Wednesday Giveaway this week includes a 2 x 2 inch ZigZag book and more. You can find the giveaway here and the Doodlewash giveaway for March includes all four sizes of the ZigZag.

Daycraft Cookie Bookie Notebook Review

****Note: This is an older review from 2011. I was going to post some drawings that I did in this notebook and link to the review. For some reason, it did not transfer when I moved to WordPress, so I’m posting it again. ****

I won this cool Daycraft Cookie Bookie Notebook from Erin at La Plume Etoile.  There are a few great reviews already out there, so I had to think of what I could bring to your attention that was different.  Well…I draw.  I tangle and doodle and just because this notebook is lined, that doesn’t mean it won’t work for art!


  • Description:Cheese cracker
  • Dimension:w125mm x h125mm
    No. of Page:144 pages
    4.75″ x 4.75″
  • Cover Material: Fine Italian PU
  • Color: Brown/orange
  • Content: 6.5mm lined orange color paper
    Special Note: Sandwich biscuit style exterior

I do have family visiting, so I’ve had to do my artwork a little here, and a little there, and the Cookie Bookie worked perfectly for this.  It made for a great conversation piece, as an item that child and adults alike fell in love with.  I had to give up one page for the kids to scribble on (*sigh*).  Not sure if I’ll keep that page or ‘save’ it later.  The Micron I’d brought turned out to be low in ink, so I grabbed up one of the Pentel Energel that I have next to the computer.

The paper in the Cookie Bookie is a rich pumpkin orange that is perfect for both dark and light ink so besides the Energel, I used a  Pentel Sunburst white gel pen to draw my artwork, using my Rotring Rapidograph .18 for the fine line shading. The tangle names you see were written up using my Pilot Varsity disposable Fountain pens.

I love drawing on the paper.  The pens glide across it, and there was no feathering with either the Energel or the Rotring.   I’m a leftie, so I was concerned a bit that I’d have smearing or skipping caused by the oils in my hand, but neither occurred.  The orange provided a dramatic background, and the lines just faded away.  There was a little curl in the paper when I finished, but I think it will smooth out after the journal has been closed a while.  I even used a little watercolor on one page (not shown here), and there was very little buckling.  I’ll be playing around with that some more, later.

I love this notebook.  I want more of them.  I saw a sketchbook at the DayCraft site that has me drooling (I drool a lot, by the way, lol).  Some of the links above have information concerning where they can be found, but if you know of any other place, please communicate.  We all want to know!

Meanwhile, check out my blog as time goes on.  You’ll be seeing lots of Cookie Bookie artwork!