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.

Live Life Like the Gate was Left Open – Counting Sheep #7


Artwork – Daniel Smith Watercolor on Fabriano Artistico on Fabriano Artistico in a Mary Roff handmade sketchbook

You may have seen the meme ‘Live Life Like the Gate was Left Open’, which usually features a photo of a dog running madly and happily. Well, in this case it’s a sheep. Personally, I’m thinking that the gate was not left open, and this guy has lost his marbles.

So I’m claiming it for the Doodlewash prompt of ‘Marbles’.

I saw this photo reference by fsHH on Pixabay and knew I had to include it in my Counting Sheep watercolor sketchbook.

You can read my review of Mary Roff’s excellent handmade sketchbooks here.

Painting rain for Australia


Artwork-Daniel Smith Lunar blue, Undersea Green & Venetian Red on Hahnemühle William Turner Cold Press

I’d originally planned to do something more complex, but realized it would take some time. I may still do it, but for now I wanted to get something out so I did this quick abstract.

You can read about his challenge ‘Artists Can Make a Difference: Paint Rain for Australia’ at Angela Fehr’s website.

I did this painting on William Turner Cold Press (not to be confused with , Hahnemühle’s William Turner printer paper) one of my favoritist of watercolor papers because of the fantastic texture. You can find it at:

Leaf Sheep – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork: Daniel Smith Watercolor on Hahnemühle cold press Watercolor postcard.

One of the wonders of the Internet, photos of these real life little sea slugs that resemble sheep went viral last year. So, of course, I had to paint one. These guys are one of very non-plant critturs that can photosynthesize.

I’ll have a Fun & Easy step-out showing how to draw one coming up in the near future.

DANIEL SMITH watercolors

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review)

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review)

Snow Day in Gouache


Artwork: Holbein Watercolor and Hahnemuhle Britannia Cold Press Watercolor paper

I’ve been playing around with gouache, in between working on Diggory Wombat, Counting Sheep and starting some reviews and tutorials.

Artwork: Holbein Watercolor and Hahnemuhle Anniversary Edition 425gsm Watercolour Block

I was experimenting with gouache fresh from the tube vs my usual method of rewetting the dry paint. I used two kinds of paper – one very absorbant and the other with a harder surface.

I wanted to see how how much difference these things made in the flow of the paint, the ability to cover and to lift color.

What did I find out? Well, one of those tutorials I’ve been working on will answer those questions. Coming in the near future, once I get the tutorial finished.

Diggory Wombat Goes Flying Part 9 – The End!


Writing Translated

PG 17: “Shoulda thought about that BEFORE jumping off a hill,” bellowed the quoll, shaking his fist as Diggory. Then he stomped away as well. Diggory turned toward the platypus.

PG 18: The platypus has found a pond, and ignoring Diggory, slipped into the water and swam away. Suddenly, Diggory broke into a smile. “Swimming! That looks like fun!”

And that concludes the story of Diggory the Wombat. Hubby has already put in a request for another one, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. I have too many other stories I want to tell.

Details Behind the Story

Way back in June, for his July birthday, my hubby asked for a follow-up story to the Diggory Wombat Gets Lost book that I wrote and illustrated for him. Unfortunately, my Muse wasn’t interested so, after months of dithering, I wrote and illustrated the book in 4 days!

This book was done in one of Hahnemühle’s ZigZag accordion books. The book is one long sheet, folded into 18 pages. I love working on this paper!

Diggory Wombat Goes Flying Part 8


I’m sharing the Diggory’s story with you in serial fashion, two pages a day, over a 9 day period.

Writing Translated

PG 15: BAM! Diggory, the gum tree, the thorny bush, the Numbat , the Quoll and the Platypus went rolling down the hill.

PG 16: Finally, they reached the bottom of the hill. After disentangling from each other,the numbat sat shaking and pointing at Diggory in accusation. “I guess Wombats aren’t meant to fly,” said Diggory, sadly. The Numbat shook his finger again, then turned and stomped away.

Stay tune for Part 9, the (not so ) exciting conclusion of Diggory Wombat Goes Flying, tomorrow!

Details Behind the Story

Way back in June, for his July birthday, my hubby asked for a follow-up story to the Diggory Wombat Gets Lost book that I wrote and illustrated for him. Unfortunately, my Muse wasn’t interested so, after months of dithering, I wrote and illustrated the book in 4 days!

This book was done in one of Hahnemühle’s ZigZag accordion books. The book is one long sheet, folded into 18 pages. I love working on this paper!