Category Archives: journal

Gratitude, not just at Thanksgiving

One key to surviving depression is gratitude. Every day I write about what I am grateful for, even if it is just a line during the day in my journal. The more depressed I am the more I do gratitude … Continue reading

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Tools: How I Make My Swabs

I am asked this a lot, and it is on my inks page, but thought I’d repost it here. For my large ink test I laydown roughly a half-square of ink, above. I let it dry, then load the bottom … Continue reading

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Tools: TWO Bamboo Sketchbooks by Hahnemühle

Hahnemühle makes two bamboo sketchbooks: the Hahnemühle Bamboo SketchBook, shown below, which is 50lbs; and the Carnet de Voyage, aka the Bamboo Mixed Media journal by some, shown above, spiral bound and coming in at 265lbs, which I reviewed in … Continue reading

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VSW: New Caledonia Hut, Two

The Virtual Sketchwalk group on Facebook explored New Caledonia in October with wonderful images from Aniko Szedlak (pic below)! They are a balm to this beach-loving gurl’s soul. I want to live here… My books might have to go into … Continue reading

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VSW: New Caledonia Hut, One

The Virtual Sketchwalk group on Facebook explored New Caledonia in October with wonderful images from Aniko Szedlak (pic below)! They are a balm to this beach-loving gurl’s soul. I’d like to be there NOW! I love all the greens! I … Continue reading

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Bright Ideas: Blue Cat Salt Shaker

We found this somewhat angry little palm-sized blue cat salt shaker in one of our treasure hunts in second hand store. A treasure. I am looking forward to Covid going away so we can search for treasures again. Happy Halloween! … Continue reading

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Bright Ideas: Waxed Linen Twine

Mitchell goes through so much of this twine in a year when he has upholstery projects. This is the twine that ties the seats and backs! Bright Ideas multi-color journal (which I am not sure is still sold at Barnes … Continue reading

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Bright Ideas: Venus of Willendorf

Venus of Willendorf is palm-sized. I think she is a poured modern fetish; The bee-headed goddess! I have painted her HUGE, see below… Bright Ideas multi-color journal (which I am not sure is still sold at Barnes and Noble), Lamy … Continue reading

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Bright Ideas: Tiny Dewar’s Bottle

Mom was a scotch drinker but not a Dewar’s fan. Not sure why we have this palm-sized bottle but it has been around forever. Bright Ideas multi-color journal (which I am not sure is still sold at Barnes and Noble), … Continue reading

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Bright Ideas: Waterman Inks

Waterman inks are ancient, not a trendy newcomer. They come in few but lovely colors, are a great price, and they take good care of our pens. Happy New Moon! Bright Ideas multi-color journal (which I am not sure is … Continue reading

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Bright Ideas: Platinum Carbon Pen

I adore my Platinum Carbon pen> They made a HUGE mistake when they discontinued them… I bought a few when I heard the news (guess that makes me a hoarder) because this is my workhorse pen. I free-handed this wonky … Continue reading

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Bright Ideas: Cleaning Brushes

Used daily, my metal brush cleaner takes good care of my brushes. It is filled with Gamblin’s Odorless Mineral Spirits (OMS). When you use watercolor on these pages it ghosts!. Bright Ideas multi-color journal (which I am not sure is … Continue reading

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Bright Ideas: Malachite Buffalo

My malachite buffalo totem is palm-sized. Inlaid with turquoise and onyx and just beautiful. the backside has a lovely turquoise arrow that floats from his feet to his back. Bright Ideas multi-color journal (which I am not sure is still … Continue reading

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Mimi and Me

My grandma could do not wrong… I called her Mimi but have no idea where that came from. When I took my first Communion they drove down from Grass Valley: her coming to visit was the best thing about Communion. … Continue reading

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VSW: Fast Echinacea 3

They can’t all be good…. Or even acceptable. Other artists should show their duds. Here is mine. To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com “Memory is more indelible than ink.” Anita … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Robert Oster Muddy Dragon

Swatched on watercolor paper, as that is the paper I use the most when not writing. I am a fan of all the “Muddy” colors (see below) but I must admit that this Muddy Dragon is one of my favorite … Continue reading

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VSW: Fast Echinacea 2

I’d love to SEE a real field of echinacea… not just in photos! My birthday today so spending the day painting! To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com “Memory is more … Continue reading

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VSW: Fast Echinacea 1

I have been tryign to do some sketchs in under ten minutes… not counting dry time though most of my sketches include the dry time on these. Lovely echinaceas… I have so many pics from which to sketch! To hear … Continue reading

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