Archive for the ‘Watercolor Supplies’ Category

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Sunday Reads: Ink, Pens And Other Good Stuff

03/05/2017

The good stuff…

Platinum #3776 Century Nice Pur

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Sunday Reads: New Products, Ink And Paper

02/26/2017

The ink samples were irresistible so I only ordered ten…

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My Gear For The New Year

01/06/2017

Ink, pen and paper:

Sketching Kit:

Watercolor Supplies:

Accessories:

Want to purchase any of these items? Here ya go!

Ink, pen and paper: Pilot BBk,  Noodler’s Black, Diamine Mediterranean Blue, J. Herbin Cafe des Iles, Sailor Tokiwa-matsu, Stipula Calamo Sapphron, Stillman & Birn  Zeta Sketchbook, Tomoe River Paper from Paper for Fountainpens, Quo Vadis Plan & Note journal, Pilot Metropolitan, Platinum #3776 Century M, TWSBI Diamond 580 1.1, Staples ArcTraveler’s Notebook 013

Sketching Kit: Staedtler Mars Lumograph pencils, Pentel Hi-Polymer Eraser, Prismacolor Kneaded Eraser, Lowe-Cornell tortillions, Stillman & Birn Epsilon Sketchbook, Faber-Castell Sharpener

Watercolor Kit: Martin Mijello Airtight Watercolor 18-Well Blue Palette, travel box, Stillman & Birn Beta Sketchbook, Arches 300 gsm watercolor paper, Schut Aquarelbloc 300gsm watercolor paper, Monaco Travel Case, Traveler’s Notebook 012

Brushes: Silver Brush Black Velvet Script #4, Round #8, 3/4″ Flat, Escoda Versatil Rigger #10, Isabey Petit Gris #0, SAA Gold Round #10

Tube paints for a watercolor mixing triad: Daniel Smith Cobalt Blue, Winsor & Newton Aureolin, Winsor & Newton Permanent Rose.

Watercolor Metal Travel Box with colors especially good for mixing: American Journey Aureolin, American Journey Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Winsor & Newton Winsor Red, Winsor & Newton Permanent Rose, Daniel Smith Cobalt Blue, American Journey Phthalo Blue, Daniel Smith Phthalo Green (BS)

Accessories: Coccoina glue stick, American Crafts washi tape, Bigelow Earl Grey Green Tea, Numi Chocolate Pu-erh Tea, Sadaf Special Blend Tea with Earl Grey.

 

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First Take On A Few Products

12/24/2016

Busy, busy, busy here, but still moving forward on a few reviews. First take on several products:

  • Stillman & Birn Sketchbooks with soft covers are as good as it gets especially for those with arthritis and other hand issues.
  • Pilot MR Metropolitan 1.0 Calligraphy nib is an italic that proved to be a dry writer with Noodler’s Dostoyevsky. Will try either Pilot Blue-Black or an Iroshizuku next to see if either improves performance.
  • Lamy Studio Fine arrived with two very visible body flaws. Then I removed the cap to discover the edge of the barrel that meets the cap is ridiculously sharp and jagged. So much for quality control.
  • Coccoina adhesive smells like marzipan and is delightful to use.
  • Silver Brush Monaco Travel Case is somewhat large, but will hold eight brushes plus lots of additional tools. Looks durable, too.

There are at least a dozen inks to review along with several brands of paper plus two Fountain Pen Revolution flex models. The next few months are going to be very busy indeed.

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New Faves For 2016

12/18/2016

This past year I made some new friends. Links are to sources for the products.

Art Supplies

  • Silver Brush Black Velvet watercolor brushes – Acquired several this year. Supple, retain shape very well and hold lots of fluid.
  • Daniel Smith Prussian Blue and Transparent Red Oxide watercolors – Good additions to my transparent palette.
  • Aureolin by Winsor & Newton or Daniel Smith – Excellent yellow combined with Permanent Rose or Quinacridone Rose and Cobalt Blue for mixing a full range of colors. This has become my “Less Is More” triad and a staple for my mini kit. (h/t Pat Weaver)
  • Pentel Touch Brush Tip Felt Pen – Good at line variation whether for writing or drawing.
  • Uniball Air marker – More durable than a felt marker and glides effortlessly across the page. Makes my hand happy.
  • Buddha board – Great tool for practicing strokes without wasting ink, paint or paper.

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Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo And Prussian Blue

12/02/2016

It wasn’t the plan, but while playing with Daniel Smith Prussian Blue watercolor, I discovered that on natural white paper, it’s nearly a perfect match for Iroshizuku tsuki-yo ink. The paper warms the colors slightly as is my preference.

The doodles initiated a practice session for two seldom used brushes. Then swatches and slender lines followed. Finally, squiggles and tiny trees emerged. Once the page was filled, the hunt for a matching ink was on. There might be better matches, but of the inks on hand, tsuki-yo came the closest. As always, playing with paint and ink was good, clean fun.

Available at Amazon:

Daniel Smith Prussian Blue Watercolor

Iroshizuku tsuki-yo

Princeton Neptune 4750 1/4″ square wash brush

Escoda Versatil #2 Rigger brush

Langton Prestige 140# watercolor paper

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Portable Painter Debut

11/04/2016

Sketching with a fountain pen has a long tradition. Pens are easy to carry and, along with a suitable journal, provide a convenient way to put down a scene. But some of us want to add color for a more complete rendering or create a painting down to the last detail. Lugging around a full kit on the chance an amazing opportunity will find us is overkill especially for an urban sketcher. Better would be a watercolor set that works in varied conditions, fits in a pocket or purse, and provides all that is needed to do the job. Enter the Portable Painter.

This new watercolor palette got its debut on Indiegogo a few days ago and has all the attributes a journal or watercolor fan could want in a carry-anywhere painting kit. Well, except the paint since you get to fill the included pans with your preferred tube colors. Outfitted with a generous thirteen mixing wells, two water containers and a double brush, all you do is add paint and paper. Oh, and a little water. Then hit the trail. Sidewalk or dirt path, the Portable Painter will be a welcome companion.

More at Portable Painter and the Indiegogo campaign page.

 

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