Category Archives: journal

Inky Entries

I am playing with ll my grey inks this month… Some inks call themselves grey and are not (see above).  Greys seem to lean purple or blue or red… Graphite and Grey Lux are lovely inks, though the strong smell … Continue reading

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Tests in Journals

I test journals primarily for two reasons: 1) To see what a new ink or watercolor does, or how a mix will look in a journal with which I am familiar; 2) To test a new brand of journal’s paper … Continue reading

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Tools: Making Concertina Sketchbooks

I am starting one of my handmade sketchbooks and thought to share my process of making these with you. I don’t make journals often… I’ve wanted to, but frankly when I go to choose between making art and making books … Continue reading

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24th Avenue Camelias

This was a little bit of urban sketching, a little virtual sketching…. sketched on a walk with watercolors added in the middle of the night! Above, a detail of the line drawing and the finished camellia watercolor. 24th Avenue is … Continue reading

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Spicy Ginger Teriyaki Chicken

I have a recipe watercolor journal I work in but sometimes I don’t take the time as that one is a bit special.  Ginger People’s Spicy Ginger Teriyaki Sauce is a great shortcut for a different taste, and works best … Continue reading

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VSW: Guildford Town Hall

DANG DANG DANG! I forgot to take a picture of the bare line drawing…. And it was such a nice drawing of this lovely Art Deco building in Perth AU! Guildford Town Hall, part of our Virtual Sketchwalk in our … Continue reading

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USk: MPFC Finish Studio

Every so often I like to sketch our studio rooms. This is primarily my finish room, where I work conserving objects. I use our own mixed shellac and (primarily oil) paints to bring back dead finishes. You can see one … Continue reading

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Echinacea

Pink echinacea from a photo… And a lovely quote to remember from Ani Pema Chodron: “We can  make ourselves miserable or we can make ourselves strong. The amount of effort is the same.” We can also make ourselves and others … Continue reading

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Tools: Schminke Supergranulating Paints

☾ I wanted to try Schminke’s Supergranulating paints.  I liked the idea of two or more pigments that separate through granulation when painted. I bought nine of them, along with Schminke’s pan set “Wintertide” of 10 basic colors, plus two … Continue reading

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Tools: My Current Palette

Whenever I start a new journal, I always record my current main watercolor palette. I have a few palettes for specific tasks, but this is the largest main palette with a mix of a few Daniel Smith Primateks and many … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Robert Oster Rubine

Robert Oster Rubine is a favorite red, and has found a permanent home in my red Pilot Metropolitan.  It leans just ever so slightly into a blue-red.  I usually do match pen to ink, mostly because I have many pens … Continue reading

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Easter Cherry Blossoms

Very late in posting… The cherries are nearly ripe! (Not really.) The thing about the cherry blossoms in the park is that they are not only a feast for the eyes but sometimes you can smell their fragrance… Also, they … Continue reading

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Booster

Booster hit us hard, but better than getting Covid! “Memory is more indelible than ink.” Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. “I think not….” Me… why I journal! To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook or dkatiepowellart.me and sign up … Continue reading

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Dark Chocolate Easter Bunny!

Run right out and get yourself a YUMMY bottle of Robert Oster Signature Dark Chocolate Ink for your Easter Basket!  Drawings made using the Sailor Fude and a Pentel Aquash waterbrush to move the Dark Chocolate ink. To hear about … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Birmingham Petroleum

Above, Birmingham Petroleum on the bright white paper of a Hahnemuhle sketchbook. I test my inks on many drawing and watercolor papers. Remember that others review these inks just for writing; I am also interested in how they are used … Continue reading

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VSW: Ben Carlin’s “Half-Safe”

Ben Carlin’s Amphibious “Boat” was half land vehicle, half boat, aptly called the “Half Safe”. I was attracted by the bright yellow color, but the story was thrilling! This was part of a Virtual Sketchwalk in our FB group around … Continue reading

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Tools: Sonnet Watercolors

This is no April Fools! I am reviewing the watercolors called Sonnet from St. Petersburg watercolors (Their image from their site, right.) First off,  I bought them for the pretty box. Why don’t more makers use pretty colors for their … Continue reading

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VSW: Duluth Train, 1

Our Virtual Sketchwalk group (Facebook) sketched Duluth, Minnesota.. I apologize — I have been spelling Duluth as DEluth all this time! Besides the lighthouses, I liked the trains at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. This first one (I hope I … Continue reading

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