“Painting a Pattern” Full Demonstration [+Video]

In this article I’m going to show my process when working from photographs. This is not an extensive tutorial but should provide you with some ideas as to my working procedure. Reference Usually I work from a single photograph but also take into consideration other images from the area. I study the locale, look for hints and symbols, hidden patterns inherent to the scene. I…

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101: 4.6 How to Set up Your Watercolor Palette: Portable Palettes / Paintboxes

This is a follow-up article on my previous post where I’ve shown my studio palettes and talked about them in fair amount of detail. Today I’m presenting my opinions and thoughts on portable palettes, or paintboxes. These are meant to be taken out in the field. There is, of course, a number of portable palettes out there that I can’t simply cover simply because I…

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101: 4.5 How to Set up Your Watercolor Palette: Studio Palettes

Now that we talked about what goes into choosing one’s paints and deciding on our preferred layout, we are going to have some fun looking at a selection of watercolor studio palettes. If you’ve “suffered” through the previous theoretical articles, this one should provide some eye candy and make it up to you. As the title of this article states, we are going to take…

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Update: Forced Hiatus

This is a quick update to let everybody visiting my blog know about what’s going on with me and my work. As you might have noticed, in the past few months, even going back to the end of last year, there was a sudden and substantial drop in activity on my blog. I have been unable to keep up with daily writing and weekly posting…

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Ink Review: Sailor Jentle Yama-Dori Fountain Pen Ink

Sailor hardly needs any introduction. Their pens are known to be one of the most reliable and consistent writers. Their inks too are very highly regarded. They’re one of the smoothest, most interesting inks out there. Besides their standard line, they release periodically a seasonal, limited edition line of inks. Often an ink from the seasonal line becomes an instant hit in the community and…

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101: 4.4 How to Set up Your Watercolor Palette: Palette Organization (Layout)

By now you should have a pretty good idea of what goes into compiling one’s palette. We discussed my preferred selection of paints, how temperature opens or limit our color choices and mixing and we talked about pigments in fair amount of depth in order to better understand the paint market. In this article we’re going to build upon what we discussed earlier and consider…

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Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite Fountain Pen Ink

Pelikan is a well-established name in the fountain pen world. It may well be one of the largest brands in Europe still making fine writing instruments. They offer quite an extensive range of supplies, from very simple and affordable pens for children to the best fountain pens in the world and pretty much everything in between. There’s undoubtedly quite some tradition behind the brand. After…

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