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Review: The ColoringNotebook #ColoringNotebook #AdultColoringBook #DotGrid

I received a copy of the The ColoringNotebook, Dot Grid version for review, and I can't resist doing the Superman-type spiel, "It's a Notebook!  It's a Coloring Book!  It's The Coloring Notebook!"

In a nutshell, it is a hardbound adult coloring book with 176 pages, 52 with illustrations to color, and a dot grid format for writing or drawing on the remaining pages.

Size: 5.38 x 8.27 in/148 x 210 mm/ ISO 216/ A5
No. Pages: 176 pages total - 52 Coloring Pages, 124 dot grid pages
Cover: Hardbound, synthetic leather treated with high-quality aniline dye
Paper: 100 g/m2, archival, acid-free
Binding: Thread-bound
Format: Dot Grid.  Also available in Lined or Blank.
Extras: Elastic closure, Bookmark ribbon, Back Pocket page, Rounded Corners

Before I go into my usual patter, I think this product needs an answer to a question.  What are the pros and cons of combining a hard-bound notebook with a coloring book.  Only you will know what your pros and cons might be, …

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Quick Drawing in the Waiting Room #Clairefontaine #Rhodia #Creapen

While in the waiting room at the dentist's, I started what I intended to be a Zentangle-Inspired Art. But then I suddenly saw a woman's braid, and strange fastening at her back, and I was off in an entirely different direction.

Drawn with a J. Herbin Creapen brush pen in a Rhodia Soft Cover dot grid webnotebook.

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Review of Stonehenge Aqua Cold Press Watercolor Paper #Watercolor #Stonehenge @LegionPaper

Recently, I received a 10-pack of  Stonehenge Aqua Cold Press #140 lb watercolor paper from Legion Paper to try out.

100% Cotton
Neutral pH
Acid Free
Chlorine Free
2 deckles, 2 cut edges (sheets)
Sized for watercolor

Applications: Calligraphy, Inkjet, Intaglio, Letterpress, Offset, Pen & Ink, Pastel & Charcoal, Silkscreen

Look & Feel
Hopefully you can see the scan below.  I punched up the shadows to show you the texture of the paper, which makes it look more blue and more textured than it is in real life.

It also feels rather smooth to the touch, almost like a hot press.  If you compare it to the Stonehenge hot press though, you'll find it is quite different.

Running up a couple of test sheets, I found:
Color flows wellColor lifts easilyPaper holds up well to scrubbingPaint dries quickly enough that it is easy to get hard edges & back runsMasking tape does little to no damageMasking tape does little to no damageErasing does little to no damageSpongin…

Doodles Drawings for my Husband's Lunch #Rhodiarama #Exaclair #PenAndInk

I've been using my Rhodiarama Pad Holder to draw little doodles to put in my husband's lunch, so he'll have a reason to smile on stressful days.  

Have you entered my giveaway, for a chance to win a pad holder of your own?  The giveaway ends tomorrow night.

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Trout No Doubt #Stonehenge #Watercolor #LegionPaper

If you are looking for my Rhodiarama Pad Holder giveaway, go here.

This was done on Stonehenge Aqua Cold Press 140 lb watercolor paper.  I'll be giving away a 22 x 30 sheet of this paper in the near future.  I haven't decided exactly when the giveaway will be but it will be within the week or two, so keep an eye out on my blog!

I used Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, Lunar Blue and lots of salt for this painting.

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Alice's Cat #Clairefontaine #Rhodia #Zebra

If you are looking for my Rhodiarama Pad Holder giveaway, go here.

For today's drawing, I used the lovely Clairefontaine dotgrid paper in my Rhodia soft cover webnotebook and a Zebra ZGrip.  It has the same kind of paper that you find in the Rhodiarama Pad Holder, except that it is ivory rather than white.

It's with more than a bit of nostalgia that I've noticed the interest in ballpoint pen drawings, lately.

At the risk of starting what sounds like one of those "...and when I was child, I had to walk ten miles in the snow..." stories - when I was a child, we pretty much had to draw with ballpoint pens.  Stores didn't carry much else, and even if they had my parents wouldn't have spent the money on them.  They weren't poor, but the very idea! Good money for a fancy pen, when a ballpoint would do the job!

Mind you, I only used the lined notebook paper that I had for school back then, as well.

Even though this cat isn't smiling, the drawing makes me…

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Review: Rhodiarama Pad Holder with No. 12 Dot Grid pad #Rhodia #Giveaway #DotGrid

For the last five years, I've been hosting giveaways for Exaclair, Inc's line of products, and it's time to start on the sixth year!  I've been so blessed to be receive these samples for review, and to be able to share some of the products with you.  I want to thank Exaclair, Inc., and especially Karen, who is one of the nicest people I've ever corresponded with.  I hope I can meet her in person someday.

I'm really excited about the product I'm giving away this time.  It's small, but handy (literally - it's about the size of my hand, lol).  It's a Rhodiarama Pad Holder with No. 12 Dot Grid pad.
(I'm sorry, but the giveaway is now closed).

Pad Size: 33 x 5 1/4 inches
Paper Size: 3.3 x 4.7 inches / 8.5 x 12.0 cm (No 12 dot grid orange Rhodia pad)
Paper: 90 g Clairefontaine ivory paper, acid-free, pH neutral
No. of Pages: 80 sheets/160 pages
Format: Dot Grid
Cover: Sewn Italian leatherette in Turquoise with contrasting orange thread and orange …

Anna Mason Pear #AnnaMasonArt #Watercolor #Tutorial

I recently came across a free watercolor tutorial from Anna Mason, and I was intrigued because of the highly realistic botanical style.

I decided to give the tutorial a try even though I didn't have the right brushes, the right paper or the right pigments, lol.  I tend to take that kind of thing as a challenge, and the whole point of a free tutorial is to see if you like the style enough to invest in further classes and/or the correct materials.

Alas.  Half way through the tutorial the videos stopped working.  I believe that is a problem on my end because I've had wi-fi problems lately.  I felt I had seen enough to finish on my own, though.

I do find Anna's style interesting, and the brushes and a few new colors are on my wish list.  I won't buy them though until I've fixed my wi-fi problem.

This painting was done on Fabriano Artistico, 140# Cold Press Traditional White.  Information about the paper from the Legion Paper website:
Specifications:                  …

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Caught in the Coral #LegionPaper #Watercolor #Artistico

This painting was done on another paper from my Legion Paper Sampler, Fabriano Artistico 90# rough, Tradional White.

I've used Fabriano's 140# cold pressed traditional white in the past, but this was my first try using the rough. Many 'rough' papers are challenging, being highly absorbant with uneven surfaces, and Artistico is one of the more popular 'go-to' professional papers.

I didn't notice too much difference in flow, granulation, or brightness.  Overall, the paper is just a bit more textured than the cold pressed. This would be a good paper for those who want something that would give you a wider range of possible effects, but wouldn't be exceptionally challenging.

Besides testing out the paper, I was playing with negative painting.  I couldn't resist adding some detail to the seahorse, but I tried to keep my shapes simple and otherwise stick to the negative painting scheme.

I only used two colors, Daniel Smith's Lunar Blue and M Graham&#…

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52 Weeks of Watercolor Painting 2017 No. 7 #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorPainting #StillmanAndBirn

Well, this weeks painting was a fight.  I was trying out yet another new brush - a Winsor Newton Sceptre Gold II.  Immediately, I didn't like the feel of it.  The ferrule (the metal band that keeps the bristles in) seemed like it was moving with each stroke.

Then I noticed a hair in the painting - and another - and yeah, I sent that puppy back.

Meanwhile, though, I managed to smear what I'd done while trying to remove the hairs.  While trying to repair the damage,  I managed to lose some of my glowing color, so I decided it just go with an end of summer fading look.  Sunshine fading away before we even get any.  *sigh*

I'm not totally unhappy with the finished painting, but it is a lot muddier than I'd planned.  Fingers crossed for next week.

My reference Photo came from Pixabay.

I'm using a Stillman and Birn 9x12 Beta series wirebound sketchbook for all my '52 Weeks of Watercolor Paintings 2017'.

Dynasty Gold 3/8 inch Dagger brush and Fabart Deersfoot stipp…

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Opal Torc #Zentangle #ZentangleInspiredArt #GellyRolls

Fluorescent and metallic Gelly Roll gel ink pens in a Pentalic Traveler Pocket Journal Sketch, 8 x 6, Black.

Sunbathing in the Fields #Watercolor #Bockingford #LegionPaper

With today's painting I found a not-match.  I used my Mijello Mission Gold Pure Pigment paints on Bockingford watercolor paper.  Whereas I like the way the Mission Gold performed on Stillman & Birn Beta paper, using it on this Bockingford was a bit tricky.

I quite like the texture of the paper and the way the paint flows.  Usually, the Mission Gold paints don't flow easily, but on this paper they do very well.  So the two should be a good match, right?

The problem stems from the fact that the Bockingford paper is noted for allowing paint to be lifted easily.  And the Mission Gold paints are also noted for allowing paint to be lifted easily.  So what happens when you mix the two?  Ouch.

Glazing (applying a layer(s) of paint over a layer of already dried paint) is almost impossible.  Fortunately the paints are strong enough that you can get dark values the first time around, because everytime I tried to add more color, I either smeared or lifted some of the color that was al…