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.

Sow What – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork- Zebra Zensations Technical pens and MIYA Water Colors on Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Photo reference from Sipa on Pixabay.

Did you know that an adult pig can run about 11 mph? That would be a seven-minute mile. I’ll bet more than one farmer has found this out to their vast chagrin!

Want to know more about the Tools?

Hahnemühle Postcards (review)

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Miya Watercolors (review)

 

Bear Faced – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork- Zebra Zensations Technical pens and Miya Gouache on Hahnemühle Watercolor Postcard Rough. Photo reference from Free Photos on Pixabay.

Did you know that the grizzly bear is a North American subspecies of the brown bear? It has white tips to its fur that give it a ‘grizzled’ appearance.

I’m back home from all my travels and trying to catch up. I hope to start posting tutorials on a more regular basis soon!

Want to know more about the Tools?

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcards (review)

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Raven- Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Miya Arts Gouache & Van Gogh Interference Watercolor over watercolor on Hahnemuhle Watercolor Postcard Rough . Brushes: Jack Richeson 713995 Watermedia Pocket Plein Air Brush Set Reference photo courtesy of Capri23auto on Pixabay

Did you know that the Raven is one of the most intelligent animals on the planet, rivaling the chimpanzee and the dolphin?

Camel in a Sandstorm


Artwork-Miya Arts Gouache over watercolor on Hahnemühle Cézanne Cold Press. Brushes: Jack Richeson 713995 Watermedia Pocket Plein Air Brush Set Photo reference from Masy on Pixabay.

So how did I get from this to that?

This was done on the other half of the paper from the hummingbird I posted on Saturday.

The steps were pretty much the same, though I used Lemon Yellow for my first wash, Burnt Sienna and Ponceau (Acid Red) for my mid-tones and purple for my shadows (the purples are vibrant in the original, but the scan shows them as more so).

With the hummingbird, I was playing with gouache’s opacity and trying to get the flat, velvety look. For this camel, I kept my colors more transparent by using more water. The purple is the only color that I applied opaquely.

I also played with lifting color. The Cézanne cold press is a very robust paper so I could lift and add more color several times. This can lead to muddy colors, but it can also give your work a subtle light effect and add texture by showing particles of the color beneath.

The gouache lifted easily. This is in part due to the paper, but I found that even the most intense colors lifted more than I would have expected.

Hummingbird Against a Red Sky – Tutorial


Artwork-Miya Arts Gouache & Van Gogh Interference Watercolor over watercolor on Hahnemühle Cézanne Cold Press. Brushes: Jack Richeson 713995 Watermedia Pocket Plein Air Brush Set Photo reference from Masy on Pixabay.

So how did I get from that to this?

I’m sorry I didn’t have my camera or scanner to take step by step photos. Simply, though – I took a piece of paper I had use to practice brush strokes and used it to test my gouache for opacity.

Gouache is more opaque than watercolor but colors differ in how opaque they are. I used a flat brush throughout.

These were my steps:

  • Using Gouache, I
    • Painted the entire background Medium Orange
    • Used the negative painting method, I added a coat of Ponceau (acid red) around the shape of the hummingbird and branch
    • Used Prussian Blue on the dark areas of the bird
    • Used Medium Orange and Ponceau on the throat and stomach
  • Using Interference Watercolor, I –
    • Added Interference Green to the lighter areas of the bird, blending it into the Prussian Blue
  • For the branch, I –
    • Used up the left over color, using the tip of the brush flat to add texture.

Red Panda Repeat – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork- Zebra Zensations Technical pens and Miya Art Watercolor on Hahnemuhle Watercolor Postcard Rough.

I know. I’ve painted Red Pandas several times for my hubby’s lunch box postcards. But they’re so cute! I can’t resist them. I mean, who could?

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Hahnemuhle Watercolor Postcard Rough

MIYA Solid Water Colors Palette-18 Colors   (review)

The Dreaded Fossa – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork- Zebra Zensations Technical pens and Miya Watercolors on Hahnemuhle Watercolor Postcard Rough.

What looks like a cross between a cat, a dog, and a mongoose and where might you find it? It’s a fossa (pronounced Foo-sa) and, of course, it’s on Madagascar where wild and wacky animals abound! The fossa is the largest carnivorous mammal on the island, running about six feet in length (though half of that is tail).

By the Light of the Silvery Moon


Artwork-Miya Gouache & Van Gogh Interference Watercolor in a Saint Armand Canal Pad.

Saint Armand paper is rag paper made of leftovers from the fabric industry. Their paper in the Canal Pad isn’t necessarily formulated for watercolor. I haven’t tried it with watercolor yet because I’m playing with gouache at the moment (which, yes, it actually is watercolor too, but made a bit differently).

Since I’ve also been playing around with black paper, I decided I would use one of the black pages in the pad. I was very pleased with the way the gouache handled. A touch of interference white watercolor over the gouache white gave my moon an extremely silvery look.

Miya Himi Gouache Paint Set, 18 Colors 

Van Gogh Speciality Palette 

Saint Armand Canal Pad 6×6″ 60 sheets Mixed Colors

Ceremonial Elephant – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork- Zebra Zensations Technical pens and Miya Gouache & Van Gogh Interference on Hahnemuhle Watercolor Postcard Rough.

My hubby asked me to paint a ceremonial elephant for one of his co-workers who was leaving. Normally, I don’t do commissions but this guy has me wrapped around his finger, lol.

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Miya Himi Gouache Paint Set, 18 Colors 

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Van Gogh Speciality Palette 

MIYA Solid Water Colors Palette-18 Colors   (review)