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Watercolor Wednesday with Schut-17 #Exaclair #Schut #Watercolor


Each Wednesday for 22 weeks, I’ll be sharing artwork that was done on paper from a Schut Papier sampler.  I’ll be giving you a little information about each of the papers.

(Note: Because the next two Wednesdays are Christmas Day,  and New Year’s Eve, Watercolor Wednesday with Schut will be not be posted.  It will return on January 7th!)

Schut Artist Drawing Paper, 120 g/m2:82 lbs


Good erasability; light grain; extra white; acid-free; pH-neutral; for pen, pencil, charcoal, crayon, and pastel.

I’ve been impressed with this paper’s ability to hold up to watercolor.  I thought for sure I’d see curling and buckling and dimpling at this weight, even though the heavier weights have done well.  And I did get more dimpling, but mostly along the edges.  The paper did not curl or buckle, even though I thoroughly saturated, lifted color and re-painted.  It did get over-worked quickly in those areas, but I’ve have actual watercolor paper that did worse.

You get three drawings this week, because I did a bleedthrumanade (got lemons, make lemonade; got marker bleed-through, make bleedthrumanade), where I color the front of the page with alcohol markers, then do linework of one kind, then I turn the page and do linework on the back, using the color that has bled through from the front.

For the most part, I’ve felt that these Schut Sample papers have been too rough or thick for alcohol markers.  Most watercolor papers are hard on a fabric tip because of the tooth on the page.  While there isn’t a lot of tooth on this paper, there is some but I didn’t see any evidence of fraying.

The outcome of my tests:

  • With watercolor–
    • colors bright
    • washes moved well
    • color lifted some, but paper became overworked easily
    • flecks of darker color remained in lifted areas
    • paper dimpled along the edges
    • no buckling
    • no curling
  • With alcohol markers
    • bleed-through was about 50% (I’d expected more)
    • Colors were bright (but not as bright as I had expected)
    • didn’t seem to fray fabric tips
    • ink dried quickly
    • no feathering with ink used for linework over alcohol marker color

Earlier, in this series I previously reviewed the Schut Artist Drawing Paper, Light Grain, Extra White,180 gm2/83 lbs and the 225 gm2/152 lb version of the Schut Artist Drawing Paper, using other mediums.

This painting is my adaptation of an exercise from ‘The Encylopedia of Watercolor Landscape Techniques’ by Hazel Sloan
Front of Page–Marker color applied to this side.

Back of Page – Line work done to color that bled through from the front of the page

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Wednesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal


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Wrong-Handed ATC Watercolor #Zentangle #Zendoodle


This has been a bad year for my art in some ways, and a fantastic year in others.

I developed a problem with my wrist, shortly before the year started, and it plagued me most of the year.  Now, I’m finally at the point where I can do my line-drawing without pain, as long as I pace myself.
While this was frustrating, it also had its benefits.  One of the ways I worked around the pain was to draw and paint with my non-dominant hand.  I’ve always had some control with this hand, but it’s definitely not as steady, and I find it more difficult to draw lightly.  What I found though, was that it was a bit of reset, almost a starting over, making me think about the abilities that have been second-nature for me.
I’m very glad to be back to using my left hand, but I enjoyed the challenges of not using it.
We often forget that unexpected challenges are not necessarily a hardship, but a chance to be thankful for what we have and to refresh our relationship with ourselves and the world around us.
This is an ATC from earlier in the year done with a brush pen in my right hand.  I’m keeping it beside my computer, so I’ll be sure to look at it often and remember to be thankful.

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Sailing the Seven Seas…sort of #Clearprint #Vellum #PenAndInk


Earlier this year, I participated in Clearprint’s Cross Country Project (I believe you can still join.  You are sent two Clearprint Vellum sketchbooks–one to create in and return, and one to keep for yourself!).

I discovered this week, that Clearprint also has a gallery for non-Cross Country artwork done on their vellum paper, and I was invited to submit more work.  This is the piece I entered.  To see other fabulous works, in sooo many different mediums, check out the Artist Gallery – Works on Clearprint.  There is some absolutely fantastic work there! You’ll be amazed and inspired!