DOODLEWASH REVIEW- Schmincke, Sennelier, MaimeriBlu

Schmincke, Sennelier, MaimeriBlu watercolor tubes and half pan

Today for the world tour of watercolors celebrating World Watercolor Month, we will take a look at brands manufactured in three different European countries.  Schmincke from Germany, Sennelier from France and MaimeriBlu from Italy.  All watercolors presented are artist quality.  I also have a short watercolor paper comparison between student grade and artist grade, and a couple other odds-n-ends.  As usual, there’s quite a bit going on in this post!

Schmincke, Sennelier, MaimeriBlu watercolour tube, pans and samples


Founded in the year 1881 in Germany, by Hermann Schmincke and Josef Horadam.   The Horadam line was patented in 1892.  One of my favorite artist’s- especially his landscapes, Emil Nolde, used these paints.  They come in a range of 110 colors, 69 are single pigment. Sold in full and half pans, 5ml and 15ml tubes, and numerous different setsContinue reading

Day 22: #WorldWatercolorMonth

Day 22: #WorldWatercolorMonth Glass bottle rosemary still life

For tonight’s doodlewash, I’m back to trying to capture glass in watercolor and an attempt at a challenging subject. What’s more fun than one glass thing, but three in four colors! Would have been three colors, but the rosemary wanted some green. Painting glass is both fun and totally maddening as you have to completely forget what you’re painting and just make the shapes you see, all the while staying light enough that it doesn’t start to resemble chrome. Much more practice is needed, but that’s the fun part. Sketching and painting are a practice and the more you do it, the better you get. There’s no secret sauce, just lots of sweat and tears, until that one amazing day when you get a little magic on paper. That “one amazing day” is why we do this. And on, and on, to the next one after that.

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GUEST DOODLEWASH: A Designer By Choice But An Artist At Heart

Doodlewash by Anupriya Arvind Lily of the Valley

Doodlewash and watercolor sketch by Anupriya Arvind of leaf patternHi! I’m Anupriya Arvind, an art lover from New Delhi, India (follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!). Currently I’m a UX designer at Barclays and by education, I have a Masters degree in Graphic Design from NID (National Institute of Design), Ahmedabad and a Bachelors degree in Communication Design from NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology), Delhi.

Art and illustration were more of a distraction than a serious pursuit for me as a kid (as I was quite restless and always into some mischief); so much so, that most of my schoolbooks were full of gibberish sketches which vented my restlessness, while at the same time annoying my teachers to no end.

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Day 21: #WorldWatercolorMonth

Day 21 #WorldWatercolorMonth Cream Jam and Biscuit on Plate

Today we have a little afternoon snack that I was dreaming about this afternoon. This is not sketched from life as it wouldn’t have lasted long enough to actually sketch it. As it was, I have very little time so this is a fast and loose doodlewash for this entry. Anything with whipped cream, and I suddenly lose all will power and start devouring it. This thought seemed uncouth to me, so I got to thinking about a lovely little afternoon spot of tea with a nice little biscuit and something sweet to go with it. Anything plated like this always encourages a fair amount of restraint. Oh, you could go all animal wild on it, but something about the look of it all, makes one pause and take things one little bite at a time.

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GUEST DOODLEWASH: Heidi Willis – The Earthen Artist

Doodlewash - watercolor painting illustration by Heidi Willis of Loutus Natural history botanical illustrator

My Work and Myself

Doodlewash - watercolor painting illustration by Heidi Willis of a blue wrenI’m Heidi Willis from Sydney, Australia (follow me on Facebook, Instagram, visit my website, and view my online tutorials!). My early life was one that felt very simple and connected to the natural world, where the wonder of my environment was nurtured and explored in many creative ways throughout my childhood. It was always the simple things that captivated me, light, colour, texture, the balance and harmony of nature – and that has never really changed. It is still my perspective and experience of the world, the joy in my life and so much of the substance people sense in my work.

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