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Watercolor Sketchbook Flip-through, Review, and Advice

Watercolor Sketchbook Review and Advice

Lots of folks who’ve seen me posting pics from my sketchbooks on Instagram have been asking for advice on sketchbooks. Which one to get? What features should you look for? What do you learn from using one? Well, I’ve reviewed a ton – I’m not even going to show a bunch of the duds! But….I can say that I started off looking for books that will allow me to make really awesome paintings on awesome paper. But I left with a new understanding: using a sketchbook has a new purpose for me…to loosen me up. If I’m using an el-cheapo sketchbook and doing a REALLY quick sketch, I’m loose and free….and I want to practice that until it becomes my natural style of painting. For now, that’s not the case….but there’s hope, right?

See each sketchbook from the video in photos below, with links for ones I could find; a few I couldn’t locate online but check your local art store if you want to try that one out. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

My advice

…is to get 2 sketchbooks: one with nicer watercolor paper for days you feel like practicing technique. And then a mixed media or multimedia book and MAKE YOURSELF DRAW AND PAINT EVERY DAY. Yes I used all caps. Because honestly, that’s what you have to do to improve! Okay, off my high horse. On to the sketchbooks! Links may be affiliate links; if you use these I may receive a percentage at no extra cost to you. Read more.

Arches Watercolor Sketchbook

  • Arches cold press, paintable on both sides if desired. 5.5″x8.5″
  • Can’t find it online, it seems. Sorry!!

Pentalic Aqua Journal with brush

  • LINK
  • Acid-free, European-made; pages lie flat.
  • Includes brush & holder, ribbon marker, elastic closure, and storage pocket. 48 pages.
  • 8″ × 5″ , 48 pages of140 lb Protege White Nylon Travel Brush, size 7.

Stillman and Birn Mixed Media Sketchbooks  

  • LINK
  • Hard-cover spiral bound sketch book; 26 sheets of extra heavy-weight 180 lb.cold press paper

Windsor Newton Watercolor Pad

  • LINK
  • 9×12, cold press, 12 pages.

Fabriano Watercolor Sketchbook

  • 5.5×8.5, 30pages. Can’t find it online, it seems. Sorry!!

Strathmore Softcover Watercolor Art Journals

  • LINK
  • 24 sheets, 140 lb  cold press paper; only one side is paintable.
  • 5-1/2 x 8″ and 9¾” × 7¾”

Strathmore Field Watercolor Sketchbook

  • LINK
  • Spiral, hardbound leather-like cover, 15 pages of alternating 140 lb, cold press and 60 lb sketch paper.

Holbein Multimedia Book

  • LINK
  • Spiral-bound book, 28 sheets of 80 lb mixed media paper. Comes in many sizes, shown is 9-1/4″ × 6-1/2″

Canson Montval

  • LINK
  • 140lb cold press; perforated. 20 sheets. 5.5″X8.5″ paper

Canson Mixed Media

  • LINK
  • Lightweight 98lb mixed media paper, 60 sheets, 9″x12″.

Bee Super Deluxe

  • LINK
  • 14×17, 60 pages, natural white, textured multimedia paper is double-sized to accept wet media.  Spiral bound; waterproof leatherette cover.

 

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Prehistoric Watercolor: No tomorrow (plus a winner!)

NOTE: sale on all watercolor classes on my teaching site lasts through this month. Use coupon code wwcm for 15% off on watercolor courses!

Prehistoric Watercolor

Recently I shared a card on Instagram (scroll down) that engendered the question – how’d you do dat? (lol) – well, let’s take a look at it in watercolor, okay? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Here’s the inspiration – stamp set is Prehistoric by Neat and Tangled:

Winner!

Congrats to the winner of the GC from the Altenew Bloghop last week: bonnielovespurses! I’ve emailed her with info to claim her prize.

Reminder, winner from the YT giveaway will be selected after 76k is reached. (Yes, the party started early, yeah baby!)

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Bird week: Altenew July 2017 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

If you’ve arrived from Lydia Evans’ blog, you’re on the right track here on the Altenew bloghop! See details including amazing giveaways later in this post.

Altenew Bloghop: Watercolor Parrot Paradise

Welcome to my stop on the hop!  I decided to take a vacation in paradise on a card, since I don’t have a tropical vacation on my calendar….and took my watercolors with me! I figured out how to paint an easy background on a card like this – you’ll facepalm when you realize how simple it is to do this on cards! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The Parrot Paradise stamp set can be used in tons of other ways too – check out all the shapes of the leaves that can layer beautifully, too:

The ease of painting right over the image really makes painting a card front like this easy!

And the parrot can also be used with your own painting in the background…this video was privately shared with my patrons earlier this week:

And now….those bloghop details!

Altenew Stamp/Die/Ink Release Blog Hop + Giveaway  

  • Giveaway on Altenew blogs: Fie $50 gift certificates! Leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog or/and Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, July 27th at 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win.  
  • Giveaway on my blog: $30 gift certificate *just* from my blog commenters by July 27th at 11:59 pm EDT!

Next on the bloghop:  Eunyoung Lee!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Happy birthday, G! And a guest feature to check out

I’m featured over HERE for World Watercolor Month – some not-before-posted paintings are there, so go over and leave a comment to say hey!

It’s hard to believe….my little man is a year old tomorrow! I picked out some pics from the year to make your puppy ovaries ache a little. *grin* If you’d like to give him a birthday present, scroll on down.

 

If you’d like to help the little man continue his journeys in parks – please make a $5 birthday gift in his honor to SODA, Park Pals, or Grandview! He needs his parks…all the pups do!

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No Prob-llama – Dot Card Watercoloring

No Prob-llama – Dot Card Watercoloring

You can get an awful lot of painting done with just dots of color! I barely scratched the surface of the dots on this whole card, and there’s plenty left for future projects. But be careful, shipping is crazy for *just* a dot card…add it to another order when you have other stuff you need! Like these Darcie’s stamps, because, unicorns, llamas, and foxes, right?? Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I stamped the same image on Neenah cardstock too, and colored it with my Copics as well…

And I promised unicorns – both watercolor and copic!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Watercolor a Nautical Bear Card

 

Watercolor a Nautical Bear

Pink Ink came out with this sweet little teddy bear set – he has SO many things to hold, and dressup parts! You could mask them together like I did, or fussycut them to layer together – or use the dies (see all links at the end of the post.) Birthday cards, love you cards – anything for kids, both girls and boys. I chose to give him a little nautical collar and cap, and he’s holding a little heart….and his ducky buddy is floating out to sea! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Prehistoric Circus – Neat & Tangled card

Prehistoric Circus – Neat & Tangled card

I know you guys laugh at me sometimes for my silly brain….but when I saw the positioning of the two little cave people in Prehistoric by Neat & Tangled, I kinda had to go there – and make them a little prehistoric circus to take part in. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Since I had stamped two of them, I was able to make a second colorway in brighter colors…..

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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World Watercolor Month: Scenic Postcard

 

Scenic Postcard

Hope you’re ready to enjoy World Watercolor Month! I’m celebrating with a little postcard playtime. These Canson cards can be painted quickly with a sketch while you’re on vacation – and sent off in the mail right away! If you’re just a bit taken aback by yet another group of supplies to buy to try out some painting –  let me show you an easy way to try it out. All you need is a Dot Card, a pack of Postcards or Blank Cards, 5 X 7 (with envelopes) and a brush, Short Round 12 or Short Round 8 .  Easy peasy! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I’ll be posting more postcards and greeting cards on Instagram – keep your eyes peeled!

Facebook Live

Sometime today I’ll be doing another Facebook Live – this time on the ArtClasses page so go turn on notifications! (Yesterday’s was on my Sandy Allnock LLC page HERE.) I’m going to see if I can do a quick sketch live each day all month long, alternating accounts….let’s see how that plan goes!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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World Watercolor Month: 2 new classes

NOTE! I’ve discovered an occasional hiccup on the new site, in which for a few accounts, clicking on their class ends in an error code. That requires a little manual work from me – which I’m happy to do for you – however, I’ll be out for a few hours today (Sat afternoon Pacific time). I’ll get to any requests as soon as I return. Thanks!

I’m excited to be sharing…finally….two new classes I worked on very hard for you! In celebration of World Watercolor Month, I’m also giving you a couple presents….sales!

All watercolor classes on sale

15% off for the entire month, using coupon code WWCM at checkout! Old classes as well as new. All classes are HERE.

Watercolor supplies

10% off at Ellen Hutson using coupon code worldwatercolors (all lowercase and one word). It’s good on everything in the store except the BCRF Fundraiser and is valid through July 31st.

Watercolor Backgrounds for Cardmakers

This class is for people who don’t care to learn how to paint an object, but want to make cards with pretty backgrounds. Lots of fun and easy techniques, and you can try them with whatever watercolors you have. Watch the trailer below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Fresh Florals Watercolor Class

This intermediate class teaches you how to create lots of different kinds of beautiful loose flowers – along with vases to put them in! Watch the trailer below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Guest video

And because Ellen’s a dear friend, she asked if I could kick off the month on her company’s blog. I couldn’t resist! And this Fairy Happy stamp set from MFT didn’t fit in my schedule here on this blog, so it was a great time to share it over on her blog instead! Check it out today over HERE.

 

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Silly Blue Footed Booby Card

Silly Blue Footed Booby Card

I don’t often keep a card I make just for me. But this guy? I might not be sending him out anywhere. First, coz he’s a Booby! That was my favorite bird in school – I was so excited some scientist would even think of calling a bird a Booby. But those sentiments – they’re HILARIOUS. Expect to see more of this guy on instagram over the coming months, I wuv him. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

So simple. So silly. So….yeah. He’s staying with me.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.