Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Disc Bound Journaling #hahnemühle #hahnemühleharmony #peerlesswatercolor

I made a disc bound journal!
Awesome!
In a post you can see here, I show you in 
great detail what I did with the journal. 
The paper I started with was 140 lb. hot pressed
watercolor paper called Harmony, and it is
made by Hahnemühle Fine Art. 
The pages were roughly 9" x 12".
I cut each page into 4 sections of 4.5" x 6".
The reason this is called a "disc bound" journal is
because the pages are held together with special
little plastic discs that allow for easy page
turning. They also allow for easy removal of
pages to work on one at a time.
You can move the pages around and change the
order, which I did many times.
I even changed the size of the discs because
those pink ones were too large for this project.
I am going to walk you through my favorite
page in the journal and show you how to make it. 
I removed one page from my book.
Those scraps of colored paper are actually 
bits of highly concentrated water color. 
These were bits I cut off other sheets in the past,
and kept because even a little 1/2" x 2" scrap
will give me lots of color to work with.
To that add one water brush filled with water. 
I am no watercolor wonder, but anyone can use
these swatches - I promise!
It is as easy as rubbing your water brush across
a bit of the peerless swatch.
That immediately picks up the color that
you then 'paint' onto your page. 
There is seriously no rhyme or reason to the way
I work, I just use the colors I like and put it
down in patches.
They can blend into each other if I want.
Or they can stay in their little areas if that
is what I want.
I let this dry for a couple hours.
I could have sped the time up with a heat gun
but really - I had 31 other pages to work with.
When I came back to this - I used a 
and started tangling in sections.
I filled the darker pink sections with printemps.
A couple of the blue sections, too, apparently.
Hahaha!
And I just continued adding tangle patterns.
I try to stay with specific color blocks and let
the shape of the color block act as my 'string.'
You can see I did this with crescent moon and 
Then I looked to identify places where colors side
by side could use a cross-over type of tangle
like arukas
That is the one with the small black circles and the
lines that reach across colors and join with
other circles. 
Once I was happy with the tangle patterns I added,
I went back with a white gelly roll pen and added
highlights to sparkle the printemps.
Adding this page back to the disc bound journal
was as easy as laying it top of the other pages
and popping the slotted holes back over
the discs.
Easy peasy and done with one page! 

The Hahnemühle Harmony 
Hot Pressed Watercolour Paper can be 
purchased here

Have fun playing! If you make a disc
bound journal, I would love to see it!

Hahnemühle Harmony Watercolor Journal Flip Through

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The 100 Day Project in the Baby Leda Pocket Sketchbook Flip Through

This was the first year I did 
The 100 Day Project.
Probably my last, too, it got really
intense trying to keep up. 
But I'm glad I participated.
Most of my days were completed in
the Baby Leda Pocket Sketchbook
This sketchbook was perfect for the project,
worked great and I could finish a page
in one sitting - most of the time.
Pages worked great for all types of media,
collage, gesso, watercolor, ink.
Can't say enough good about the
Baby Leda!

Here is a silent flip through,
silent so you can concentrate on the art.
An silent because I haven't figured out
how to add music yet.
Still working on that point.
Hahaha!
Enjoy!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

A Hahnemühle Harmony Product Review Kind of Journal #hahnemuhle #hahnemühle #hahnemühleharmony

Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 For the past week and a half I have been 
working on a special project.
A super fun one that involves some product from
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 More specifically, I have been playing . . . 
uh, working . . . 
with one of Hahnemühle's new papers
called Harmony!
I used the hot pressed watercolour block for this project.
The Harmony is a natural white paper designed to
work with all wet-painting techniques.
Acid-free, light-resistant, extreme longevity,
excellent colors, natural brilliance -
these are just some of the words used to 
describe Harmony. 
I'd love to show you what I worked on
and tell you what I think about this paper. 
And yes, this is going to be a super duper
photo-loaded art-a-palooza kind of post!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
I began by removing four sheets from the block
and cutting them down into 4.5" x 6" sections.
This gave me a total of 16 sheets to work with.
Then I used my trusty little hole puncher from 
Create 365 The Happy Planner and punched
holes along one side.
Those cool little pink circlets are called
discs
and they serve to hold the book together. 
In artsy terms this is called a disc-bound journal.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
I used a piece of tangled acetate for the cover and
sacrificed one page of the Harmony to undercoat
the design, then I added the other 15 pages behind that. 
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
I used so much product in this book. 
I will do a separate tutorial for how I built this
particular page - since it's probably my favorite.
They are little swatches of highly concentrated color
and you literally just use a water brush to pick up
the color and transfer it to the paper. 
Once it was dry, I added the tangles and the white
highlights. You can see the punched holes along that
left side. The discs sit inside the larger portion.
This was the only page I used peerless on and they
worked exceptionally well.
I did not use a lot of water. 
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 I pulled out my favorite Schmincke watercolor pans
and made color backgrounds on three surfaces.
Here you can get an idea of the pages and
how they interact with the discs.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
For this particular page, I worked mostly wet onto dry.
I put the color on, then blended it around with the
water brush and let the edges of color flow into each other. 
Tangling worked great. 
The paper surface stayed smooth and I had
literally no warping or dimpling of the paper itself. 
Harmony is 140 lbs. and it can handle the wet. 
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 These next 2 pages were done with the 
wet into wet technique alaAlice
That means: slop a ton of water onto the page
and swirl some beautiful colors into it. 
That may also mean spraying and spritzing more
water here and there to help push color where I
want it to go. 
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
Both pages handled loads of 'wet' with no problem.
I had a little bend to the paper, but an overnight under 
my iPad took care of that completely.
No pilling, no issues, and smooth tangling!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 This particular type of journal makes the pages
really easy to work on.
You just pull them off those discs,
work on them, then pop them back in.
Easy peasy.
And the Harmony handled all that off and on
stuff very well!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
I used Winsor Newton watercolor tubes on
this one page. They worked very well. 
I just don't have many colors in that brand.
Tangling still to come.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 Continuing to work wet into wet,
I pulled out some QoR Watercolor tubes and
made a couple backgrounds.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 And once they were dry,
I added tangles and highlights and shading.
All worked super duper on the Harmony. 
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 I won't show you the before and after
on all the pieces, I just thought these
were pretty both ways!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
Still using the QoR tubes here. 
Lots and lots of water and using a water brush
and spray bottle in addition, 
and the Harmony held up great! 
I did have a little warping, but again -
a night under the weight of my iPad and it
was all wonderful the next morning. 
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 A different type of watercolor on these two -
from Joggles.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
These pigment watercolor cakes have bits of mica
to give shimmery highlights.
Hard to photograph but they are there!
Mostly I sprayed the paper first, then used a
water brush to pick up and dispense the cosmic color.
So pretty! And absolutely no warping of page,
no pilling, no issues.
On the pages where I used graphite to add shading -
I had no problems with the paper.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I shaded and 
blended on top of color, on top of paper
But it all worked fine!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 Watercolor worked great!
And it should because the Harmony was
made for watercolor.
So I thought, let's try something else.
Because that is what I do.
I pulled out some bottles of
Still wet media.
I tend to use these just like watercolors, 
so I started with a layer of water . . . 
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 . . . that I added the liquid acrylics to with
an eyedropper. 
I used a heat gun to push the color
and dry. These colors are so bright and beautiful!
For this little page, I went with a mixed media
idea. Bits of magazine collage were added
with Dina Wakley's clear gesso.
I also used Jane Davenport's mermaid markers
for some extra color,
some stencils from Joggles, Posca Paint Pens
and a couple gelly roll pens.
There is a lot more that could be done with this
mixed media page, at a later time. 
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 Still using the Daler Rowney Liquid Acrylics
with a whole lot!!! of water!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 I liked the results so much I had to make
a couple more pages. 
For this one I just sprayed the page first,
then added the color . . .
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 . . . and then the tangles. 
Love, love, love how this one turned out!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
And one last Daler Rowney page.
I mostly put color along one horizontal edge,
and tilted the page and let the color run down.
Awesome!
Harmony and Daler Rowney -
a match made in heaven!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
This is one sheet - front and back.
I haven't drawn on these yet.
Not sure what pens to use because the surface
feels strange.
That would be because of what this product is.
Also from Cosmic Shimmer, 
these are called Chalk Cloud Blending Ink.
They do have a chalky feel to them.
And I love the smoothness they have.
I used a blending tool to rub these colors on 
in a circular motion. A whole lot of rubbing 
with a felt pad to get the color on and 
blended. The colors are not as vibrant as I
normally work with and I guess I'm ok with that. 
Hahahaha!
They worked very well on the Harmony.
Easy to spread, and since there was very little
'wet' I did not have any change in the paper.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 Moving on, I changed to 
I put down a layer of water first, then mixed
the Golden color into the water and moved
it around by tilting and tipping.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 Fun to tangle on and I promise -
I can't tell a bit of change in this page
texture-wise or surface-wise.
Feels just like it did before I added color. 
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
Here is the back side. 
I haven't drawn on this one yet. 
I may just enjoy it like it is for now.
I used Golden Fluid Acrylics on this one.
Not as much water was involved, but
basically the same techniques.
Win/win all around.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
While I was working on this little journal,
I received some new pens in the mail.
So I had to try them out.
No wet media, sorry, but just because the
Harmony is a watercolour paper
doesn't mean that is all you can use it for. 
And honestly, 
I don't recall where I got these pens.
They just showed up one day and I was like "what???"
From Pilot, they are called 
0.3 mm tips. 
12 beautiful colors!
This photo doesn't do them justice.
And of course they worked well on the paper,
the nibs caught a little in the texture 
but hey! this is watercolour paper.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 This last group of pages are all related.
I used Tombow dual brush pens and basically
used them as watercolor.
Such a fun technique.
I have a quick YouTube tutorial here
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
This technique rends such beautiful results . . .
every single time!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 And I guess you get an idea of which colors
I like best. Hehehehe!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
Here are a couple more I haven't tangled on yet.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 I started by saying I had 16 pages - 
that is 32 work surfaces. 
Honestly, I could have kept on tangling -
and I will -
but I wanted to get this review posted.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
So.
What did I think of the
Harmony Hot Pressed Watercolour Paper
I love it!

The block came with 12 sheets.
Just 4 pages gave me this 16 page book
with 32 work surfaces.
That's a lot of bang for your buck!

If you are not familiar with these blocks,
they are glued on all four sides.
The purpose of that is so your paper dries flat.
If you use a load of water like I do,
that is a really wonderful feature.
I just let the page totally dry, then slip
a metal palette knife inside the one little
open slot they give you, and gently slide the edge
around all four surfaces which removes the page
from the block.
Easy peasy. 
Just be sure it's totally dry first.

This paper took all the media I threw at it.
Like a boss!
No problems at all.
What little warping I got with the wettest pages
was easily remedied with an iPad.
And if you have an iPad, you know it isn't
very heavy.
All these pages have flattened out easily.
With all the water, rubbing, scrubbing,
heating, blowing, pushing and pulling -
I had no pilling anywhere, no feathering,
no damage of any kind to the paper.

So do I want you to have some awesome
Hahnemühle Harmony Hot Pressed
Watercolour Paper?
Of course I do!
Where can you get some?
You can get it at Art Materials
And even better - it's on sale at
Art Materials!

Want to see a flip through of my project?
Maybe this will work.
Fingers crossed.


Friday, August 3, 2018

Watercolor Wonder Fun #robinmeaddesigns

Alice Hendon, watercolor sunset on the beach, from Robin Mead's class Watercolor Wonder
Last month I attended a workshop taught by
color artist and friend Robin Mead
She has been teaching a series of studio workshops
and the one I participated in was
Above is one of the projects we completed.
At 9" x 24" it is the largest piece of art 
I have ever made!
We used a couple different brands 
of watercolor and India ink.
I really, really love that brilliant opera rose 
color in the sun and the purples in the water.
And now . . . I am waiting for Robin to
post her next series of workshops. 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Draw My Tangle Ribbon Rose

Here is my new tangle I've named
Ribbon Rose.
Easy to draw, versatile and beautiful.
I hope you enjoy the video.
I would love to see what you do with
Ribbon Rose. 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Frankles Visits the Dragons

Alice Hendon, the Frankles and dragons
 The Frankles spent a couple days with us
and she wanted to spend some time visiting
with the dragons. 
I love watching her 'interact' with them.
Alice Hendon, the Frankles and dragons
 Hahaha! Maleficent is a little taller!
She wanted to play with the one that didn't
have sharp edges and she was very careful.
Alice Hendon, the Frankles and dragons
Alice Hendon, the Frankles and dragons
Alice Hendon, the Frankles and dragons
 We visited with all the dragons -
I just didn't get photos with all the dragons.
Alice Hendon, the Frankles and dragons
And then we watched a bajillion hours of 
Paw Patrol. Oh my word! So many episodes!
Hahahahahaha! Great visit!