REVIEW: Hahnemühle Toned Watercolour Books


Hahnemühle now has toned Watercolour books in beige and gray! Subtle tones that are great for urban sketching, plein air and just any time you want a more natural tone to your watercolor paintings.

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

TUTORIAL: How to Draw a Chick with Zebra Pens


Can you scribble? Take that talent and draw this chick and other animals.

To learn how to draw my scribbly chick and more, read my tutorial at the Zebra Pen Z-Blog.

Big day for me today! Besides my tutorial, I have a review of REVIEW: Hahnemühle’s New Toned Watercolour Books coming up at Doodlewash sometime today.

REVIEW: The Art Toolkit by Expeditionary Art


When I saw the Art Toolkit from Expeditionary Art, it was a matter of love at first site. Now, one is mine. All mine.

Maria Coryell-Martin is an expeditionary artist. She has developed this kit and the included pocket palette, to stand up to the needs and extremes of polar conditions.

It’s so wonderful, I knew you’d want a review. You can find it here at Doodlewash.

Maria has also given me a code for 15% off purchases at her website (good until April 30th) and a demi-palette with five extra mini-pans for a giveaway (now closed).

I wish I had one of the Art Toolkits to give you, but the demi-palette is pretty nice, too! It’s half the size of a business card and holds 12 colors. Truly, an on-the-go palette you can fit in your pocket.

To Enter the Giveaway (closed – winner has been notified and has responded) :

Sorry, with all the COVID-19 dysfunction going on, I’m going to make this giveaway U.S. only.

Prize includes:

  • One Demi Palette with 12 mini pans
  • 5 extra mini pans
  • Drawstring bag for carrying palette
  • Expeditionary Art Button

Send me an email at LifeImitatesDoodles@gmail.com with:

  • I want to win a Demi-Palette‘ in the subject line
  • A sentence or two telling me what you would paint.

Giveaway ends on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 11:59 PM PDT. I’ll announce the winner sometime on Monday, April 6.

REVIEW: ‘More Tangle Starts’ by Alice Hendon


In 2017, Alice Hendon published ‘Tangle Starts’, a collection of beautiful mixed media background pages. She’s followed up with another book ‘More Tangle Starts’

Alice also offered a copy for a giveaway (now closed)

To see a video walk-through and learn more about this excellent book, read my review of Alice Hendon’s ‘More Tangle Starts’ at Doodlewash.

Giveaway has ended:

Send me an email at LifeImitatesDoodles@gmail.com with:

  • MORE TANGLE STARTS – I WANT TO WIN A COPY‘ in the subject line
  • A sentence or two telling me what you would do with the book.

Giveaway ends on Sunday, March 15 at 11:59 PM PDT. I’ll announce the winner sometime on Monday, March 16.

Spotlight on the ArtBin Sidekick Art & Craft Supply Storage with Paint Pallet Tray


One of the items I received for Christmas was an ArtBin Sidekick Art & Craft Supply Storage with Paint Pallet Tray. It’s fantastic for organizing and for traveling with your art supplies. And did I mention it comes with a paint pallet tray?

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

REVIEW: Hahnemühle 1584 Notebook


Hahnemühle has entered the Stationery FineArt line and given us the 1584 Notebook.

Yes, it has dot grid paper, but it also has blank colored paper! What?

Coming in Lilac, Peach and Sea Green, this notebook has three sections:

  • 40 sheets of dot grid
  • 20 sheets of blank color coordinated paper
  • 40 sheets of dot grid

So you’ve got the dot grid for notes, bullet journaling, tangle patterns and more, plus a section of colored paper for lively doodling and drawing!

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

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.

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.

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.