Sunday, August 31, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Afternoon tea...

I like making journals on a specific this case on "Afternoon Tea". 
The size of this journal is 7"L x 4"W and has 4 sheets of handmade watercolor paper, giving me 16 pages to paint anything related to afternoon tea.
One the inside cover I included a color swatch of my current watercolor set...which is a Sennelier  1/2 pan Travel set.   Sennelier watercolors are reformulated with an increased honey content which gives each watercolor incomparable brilliance and luminosity while acting as a preservative to extend the paints longevity, according to Sennelier. 
So far I like the color saturation and the dry time.


Friday, August 29, 2014


Not to long ago I bought one of those Tim Holtz distress marker sprayers.  What's so cool about this sprayer is that you can use any type of marker with it.  Basically the marker tip is positioned at the bottom of the sprayer.  You squeeze the bulb and a fine mist sprays out.
So with my watercolor painting, I picked one of my markers and sprayed a couple of mists around the watercolor paper.  While the mist was still wet, I got a damp watercolor brush and moved the mist around to create an even background for my watercolor.  Once that was dry, I used a extra fine Sharpie to draw out my daffodil. Next I just started adding color until I was happy with the results.  I finished off the painting with some shading marks.
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

A little scrap piece of paper...

Whenever I make my own watercolor journals, I always seem to have a lot of scrap pieces of watercolor paper left over.  So instead of tossing those scraps,I would save them for  small little paintings.  Most pieces of watercolor paper are 3.5" x 5.5".
So this guy was created with one of those pieces.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Experimenting with 1/2" flat brush

Usually when I paint, I work with a #8 round watercolor brush and then add details with a #1 round.  To mix things up, I thought I would experiment with a 1/2" flat watercolor brush.  It was OK, but I do think I have better control with my #8 round watercolor brush.  But that's the whole idea of experimenting?  I know what I'm comfortable with and what works for me.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A zebra

There is nothing that I like doing better than playing with my watercolors.  I've been painting up a storm.   I really like painting on handmade watercolor paper, that I probably should order some more soon.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A view of the ocean

I miss living by the ocean, but the ocean is only 2 hours away.  So that's where I went this the ocean to smell the fresh sea breeze and soak up the sun.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Face of Chloe

It's been several years since my beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has been gone.  Every so often I come across a photo of her, so I thought I'd capture her intense look she'd give when she wanted a cookie.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Orchid study

Working on orchid study.  Going slow as I try to capture each line.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Flower patterns

I've been thoroughly enjoying creating in my sketchbook journal.  Using handmade watercolor paper has really spoiled me and I'm not sure I can paint on anything else.  This painting was working on flower patterns.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Abstract Cat

I've been busy doing color charts, so when it came time to clean my brush, I used the paint on a watercolor page.   After the paint dried, I did a quick sketch of a cat. 

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

A kitty in the yard

Yesterday I got a new Schmincke watercolor set from
This set normally sells for $208.06 and is now on sale at Wet Paint Art for $61.95.  It was too good of sale to pass up.  Not that I need another watercolor metal set, but it comes with 12 half pans with color and 12 empty half pans.  I thought I'd fill the other 12 pans with some Daniel Smith watercolors.
Schmincke Horadam Limited Edition 24 Half-Pan Tin w/ 12 Colors and 12 empty pans
So I used my new set of paints to paint this watercolor in my sketchbook.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

A Brown Kiwi

I've never heard of a Brown Kiwi bird before, so I had to do a google search to see what color these birds are.  And they are actually brown.  I used  blue tone paper, but probably a cream color would of been better.

Monday, August 04, 2014


 I've been working in my sketchbook everyday.  Each day it's something new.  Right now I'm in the section of my journal that is filled with 300lb handmade paper.  It is so thick that the paper just sucks the paint, so I'm able to work wet on wet with a lot of pigment in my paint brush.  Also I've discovered that using a water brush works great on this paper too.