Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sketchbook sneak

Geesh, where has April gone? We've been keeping really busy with just life in general and even more so with spring time yard work. I still try to squeeze in some art time but busy times usually mean just sketching but I did get one journal page done. 
First up was done for a challenge with a group of friends using a common list of prompts:
Totally different for me, but I guess that is the true meaning of a challenge. To challenge ourselves and push our boundaries. Was a lot of fun, I must admit!
The rest are all from my sketchbook. A few sketches and a few watercolors:



I've been sketching with blue polymer leads in my mechanical pencil for awhile now and I really love it! 
Well, that's all I have for now. As always, thanks for coming by =0)
Hugs~
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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Mermie Journal Page

Working in a journal that isn't actually watercolor paper but it held up on this one pretty well.  

This is a 6x8" journal done mostly with watercolors with some Prismacolor pencils added for details. 
I might still add more details like plants or barnacles, etc. I haven't decided whether I am going to do words on this spread or not. But for me that's part of the fun of a journal. I always have pages that can be worked on when I just have a few minutes to color or doodle. 
Thanks for stopping by =0)
Hugs~
Dana

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Review

I received a set of the new DecoArt Media PROFESSIONAL Quality Fluid Acrylic paints to review. Check out my video here:
Because the colors didn't show up as beautiful in the video as they are in real life I took a few stills but even they don't show how gorgeous these paints are!

But in all honesty the most accurate shot of what these paints are like is my palette! They are rich, luscious, fluid, transparent and intense. I can't wait to play with these more so look for more projects using them. (I am currently in filming mode for my Soul Food class so everything else has taken a back seat.)
Keep an eye out on DecoArt's site for more info on this amazing line as it is made available.

Hugs~
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Downsizing my Watercolor Palette

I have been shopping for a professional quality travel palette for awhile now. I found a few brands I really like but just couldn't fathom it since I already have a humongous palette filled with Winsor & Newton professional watercolors. I adore the paints but am not crazy about the size of the palette. So I finally decided I was going to just buy an empty travel palette and fill it with my paints. These are tubes paints that have been filled into the wells and left to dry. 
I added a little bit of Gum Arabic in the bottom of the wells on the new palette and gave it a spritz of water, then mixed well. I am hoping that will act as a sort of glue for the new paints until they have a chance to "freshen" up and adhere on their own. The new palette is airtight and waterproof. The lid has a clear plastic liner that lifts out for double the mixing space. 
So I won't say the next part was exactly easy. Had all of my paints been fresh so I could just scoop them out with my knife it would've been a breeze. But it's been a long time since I've used this palette (I know, it's a shame!!!) some of the paints were hard, brittle and hard as rocks! Was it worth the effort to save myself $200? You betcha'!!! 
So here's what it looks like now filled with the colors of my choosing and I am thrilled!! 
I had more colors than wells so I just put all of my browns in the four corners of one of the mixing wells. I think it will work just fine =0)

Hugs~
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Poppies

If you can't get the real thing, I might as well draw some!!
More playtime in my itty bitty journal (3.5 x 5") and still loving it!
I used my Koi travel watercolor set. I have the 24 color set. This little set always shocks me at how vibrant and transparent the pigments are. Granted, not the same as professional quality watercolors, but then again, it is a $5.99 journal ;) 
Also used my Prismacolor pencils, a black and white waterbased Sharpie Paint Pens. 

Hugs~
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