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.

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.

Violet and Sunshine


Artwork-Miya Gouache & Van Gogh Interference Watercolor in a Hahnemühle Black Book

I’m finding that I have trouble with the gouache streaking when I’m trying to do large washes. The black paper I used for this one isn’t formulated for watercolor, so that is part of it, but I’ve had this problem throughout. I’m using a kid’s set of gouache, so that might be it.

Today, I tried to take advantage of it to create beams of sunlight. I’m not totally happy with it, but there’s defintely lots of drama!

Interference Back-to-Back


After using my new Van Gogh Specialty set on both the Van Gogh black watercolor paper and on the Stonehenge paper, I decided to do a back-to-back comparison, so I could really appreciate what the differences were.

I wasn’t looking to see which was better. That’s not my philosophy when it comes to art supplies. I wanted to see how each handled the paint, so I’d know how to get the best out of each in the future.

Van Gogh Speciality Palette & Van Gogh Black Watercolour A4 Pad

The Van Gogh black paper has a marvelous texture. It isn’t labeled as Cold Press, Hot Press or Rough. I’d say rough, but toward the smoother end of it. The paint moves well – almost too much. You can get detail but have to work at it. The paper is cellulose.

Stonehenge Aqua ColdPress Black watercolor paper

The paint moves well on the Stonehenge black, but not as freely as on the Van Gogh. The paint takes a bit longer to dry, which results in brighter color. It was easier to get detail, and keep more contrast because I had more control. The paper is labeled as Cold Press. It still has a definite texture but it doesn’t show as much through the paint. The paper is 100% cotton.

I really like the texture of the Van Gogh, and this is the paper I’d choose for looser effects. I like the brighter colors on the Stonehenge and would use it if I was looking for specific detail.

Bekki Page reviewed the Van Gogh Speciality Palette & Van Gogh Black Watercolour A4 Pad and I reviewed the Stonehenge Aqua Black watercolor paper. at Doodlewash earlier this year.

Purple Cow – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Burgund Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Princeton Dagger Elite Size 3/8 in. Photo courtesy of 1195798 on Pixabay.

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Today, my hubby took a purple cow in his lunchbag.

The Doodlewash prompt for today is ‘Simple Pleasures’. I’ve always enjoyed silly little poems like ‘Purple Cow’, and that is about as simple a pleasure as you’ll ever find, lol.

(Reflections on a Mythic Beast Who’s Quite Remarkable, at Least.)

I never saw a purple cow
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one!

by Gelett Burgess

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemühle Burgund Rough Watercolor Postcards

Princeton Series 4850 Aqua Elite Dagger Striper 3/8 in

QoR Watercolor 11ml tube:

 

 

Snow White Silky Chicken


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Princeton Neptune Quill size 4 and Velvetouch Round Size 8. Photo courtesy of Axe77 on Pixabay.

If you are looking for the Life Imitates Doodles Weekly Wednesday Giveaway #17 , you can find it here. My Fun & Easy Swirly Tree & Squiggle Bush step-outs can be found here.

Today, my hubby took a Silky Chicken in his lunchbag.

The Doodlewash prompt for today is Snow White. The silky chicken is definitely snow white. They don’t just look unusual – they are. Besides the fine fluffy feathers they have black skin, black bones and blue earlobes. I truly have to wonder if they aren’t space aliens in disguise!

Wanna buy some of these cool toys now?

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (you can find my review here).

Zensations Technical pens (you can find my review here)

Daniel Smith Watercolor Half Pan Set of 15 Ultimate Mixing Set  ( review )

Princeton Velvetouch Series 3950 Synthetic (review)

 

That Horse – Gray or White?


If you are looking for the Life Imitates Doodles Weekly Wednesday Giveaway #15 , you can find it here.

Today, my hubby took a grey horse in his lunchbag.

The Doodlewash prompt for today is ‘Battleship Gray’. I chose to do a gray horse because I find the subject of gray vs white in horses to be an interesting one.

That horse – gray or white? The answer isn’t as easy to figure out as you might think.

White horses are born white and have pink skin. There are no albinos – the genetics that cause albinism don’t exist in horses. However, lethal white syndrome is a genetic order that occurs in many white horses, and they die as foals, making true white horses uncommon.

Gray horses are born dark – even black sometimes. They have black skin, which stays black. Their coats lighten as they grow older becoming steel, dappled or … white! Most ‘white’ horses are actually mature grays.

You can’t make up stuff like this!

Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen, Qor watercolor & Ecoline watercolor brush pen on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Velvetouch Round Size 8. Photo courtesy of luctheo on Pixabay.

Wanna buy some of these cool toys now?

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (you can find my review here).

Zensations Technical pens (you can find my review here)

QOR Watercolor Half Pan Set of 12 Ultimate Mixing Set

Royal Talens Ecoline Liquid Watercolor Brush Pen, Set of 10 Colors

Princeton Velvetouch Series 3950 Synthetic (review)

 

Firewalkers


If you are looking for the Life Imitates Doodles Weekly Wednesday Giveaway #11 , you can find it here. And have you seen my post ‘How to Write and Illustrate a Storybook‘?

Doodlewash prompt #WeirdStuff.
Artwork- Ecoline & Arteza Watercolor Brush and Zebra Metallic Brush Pen on Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcard.

I was painting with some friends and showing them the differences in Ecoline and Arteza Watercolor Brush. I had a Hahnemühle cold-pressed watercolor card close by and grabbed it in order to show the different marks – how the color flowed and spread when water was applied.

I felt free to use the the postcard because I knew it wouldn’t go to waste.

Once I was done with my demonstration, I added some more color and once it dried, I examined the shapes. I was hoping to see elephants, because I had an idea for that, but no. Instead I saw people.

With the glow at the bottom of the card, I was reminded of firewalkers – the people that walk across hot coals without burning their feet.

What do you see?

Cactus Cat


If you are looking for the Life Imitates Doodles Giveaway #10, you can find it here.

Today, my hubby took a Cactus Cat in his lunchbag.

I had meant to paint the Cactus Cat on one of my Hahnemühle watercolor postcards, but the strangest thing happened.

I added color to a page of my a Report & Art book, then sprayed it with water and added salt. Once it all dried, I went looking for shapes and guess who was there … yep. It was that darned old Cactus Cat! Proof. Proof that they exist, lol.

The Cactus Cat is found in the American Southwest. Bobcat-like, he has spiny, spiked fur and a tail that branches like a cactus. He’s feisty, but not too aggressive. He is however, annoying. He causes the saguaros to ferment, drinks the juice, and screeches drunkenly all night long!

Artwork-Cactus Cat-Ecoline Watercolor Brushpen, PM-701, Zensations Technical Pen, Uniball White Signo pen in a Hahnemühle Report & Art book.