Category Archives: tools

Scratching the Surface

Some days I draw just for the joy of mark-making, to pull a mark across paper, to feel the drag, the resistance, the imperfection of the line. Drawing with less familiar tools is a little frustrating: they don’t work like I think they will, they don’t hold ink, they bend and snap… But it also makes me really aware of the marks I make. Continue reading

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Ink, Palette, Watercolor and Taxidermy

Jumping around, talking ink, watercolor, small palettes, conservation and hunting. On my way to Chico. Continue reading

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Brown Ink

A switchup I made recently:  I filled one of my pens with Brown DeAtramentis Document Ink. When I used the ink, though, it looks a wee bit lighter and more burnt sienna-ish than the web sample shows. So I added … Continue reading

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Small Setup

Testing a Small Setup, ready to sketch in Mexico! Continue reading

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(More) Accordion Fold Samplers

Making accordion fold sampler books Continue reading

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Stretching outside my comfort zone

At In-N-Out Burger. Comparing line and no line in the #30x30DirectWatercolor2018 challenge. Continue reading

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Direct Watercolor Strategy #4: Zoom and Crop

Taking the #30x30DirectWatercolor2018 challenge? Strategy #4: Zoom and Crop Continue reading

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Direct Watercolor Strategy #3: Don’t Stop at One

Taking the #30x30DirectWatercolor2018 challenge? Strategy #3: Don’t Stop at One! Continue reading

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Direct Watercolor Strategy #2: Do a small study

When ‘direct watercolor’ isn’t your go-to painting strategy, and you’re taking the #30x30DirectWatercolor2018 challenge, you need some strategies to take the leap: Strategy #1: Pick a forgiving subject Continue reading

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Direct Watercolor Strategy #1: Pick a forgiving subject

When ‘direct watercolor’ isn’t your go-to painting strategy, and you’re taking the #30x30DirectWatercolor2018 challenge, you need some strategies to take the leap: Strategy #1: Pick a forgiving subject Continue reading

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