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

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.

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!

Diggory Wombat Gets Lost


Last month, I did a review of the new Hahnemühle ZigZag Book.

I love writing stories in accordion-style book, so I also used the review to create an anniversary gift for my husband. I didn’t have time to finish the complete story before the review deadline however.

The story is complete, and I’ve made a video, plus an explanation of my process in conceiving, writing and illustrating the story. It’s all up on Doodlewash!

Be sure to check out Life Imitates Doodles Weekly Wednesday Giveaway #11, posted earlier this morning. It includes a 5 x 5 inch ZigZag book!