Crinoid Limestone

Artwork: Zebra Pen ClickArt Retractable Marker Pen in a Hahnemühle Cappuccino sketchbook. Reference photo courtesy of glaciergary on Pixabay.

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Doodlewash prompt: Limes. I’m being tricky again and drew a picture of limestone with crinoid (sea lilies, starfish, urchins, etc) fossils instead of limes.

Did you know that the Colosseum, the Sphinx, and many of the pyramids were built with limestone?

Lotus Blossom of Many Colors

I did a review of Alice Hendon’s ‘More Tangle Starts‘ book a couple of weeks ago. My first thought when I opened the book was that the paper would be fabulous for Origami. So I did one.

I used to do these Lotus Blossoms all the time, but it’s been a while, so it took me days, and I had to redo a lot of it. I did manage to tear in a couple of places because of the redos, but I was actually impressed at how well the paper held up.

Because it’s been so long, I checked out a tutorial. If you are interested in making one of these, the video is here.

Something Green on Lilac

Artwork done with Zebra Pen’s cool new ClickArt Retractable Marker Pen & Kirarich Glitter Highlighters in a Hahnemühle Lilac 1584 sketchbook#Hahnemühle_USA #ZebraPen_USA #ZebraAmbassador

Doodlewash prompt: Something Green

Sorry – Piglet email should not have been sent

I scheduled the Piglet for later this month (I know I did – it was the first thing I did when I opened the new post). For some reason, when I hit schedule, the email was sent out. *sigh* The internet – gotta love it!

Teaser for a Review of Alice Hendon’s latest Tangle Starts Book

Be sure to check my blog tomorrow. I have a review of Alice Hendon’s new ‘More Tangle Starts’ book – a lovely collection of full-color backgrounds for you to use for art journaling, collage, chunky books, drawing, painting and/or … tangling!

Alice also gave me a copy to give away!

Tomorrow -Thursday March 11! Don’t forget to check it out.

Go To Palette for animals

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been playing with some new colors. I’ve found that I’ve been using the same Daniel Smith colors quite a bit when painting my daily postcards for the lunch bag.

But I wasn’t entirely happy with my choices. So I decided to try some other colors. A few I already had and just hadn’t used for a while. Some came from a new palette set I just bought (the Pacific Northwest set, curated by Molly Hashimoto and available at

I don’t expect to keep all of these as my daily go-to colors, and I may add others.

Note the lack of reds. This isn’t the palette I’d use for flowers or birds. It’s pretty much meant to be the one I use for my animal paintings.

My chart looks a bit rough. That’s because I wanted it to show the colors as I would use them. I lifted color in areas, layered with glazes and did many of the things I’m not supposed to, lol.

In the past, I’ve mixed my browns, but having fallen in love with Piemontite Genuine, I decided to add Hematite Burnt Scarlet Genuine. It’s lighter and oh! It granulates so beautifully. What I’m finding is that it’s a lovely base color, especially allowed to blend into the Nickel Titanate Yellow, Naples Yellow or Monte Amiata. When I’m trying to get that ticked fur color, the granulation sort of does it naturally.

So here’s what I’m playing with at the moment.