• Examples done for my review of Faber-Castell’s Creative Studio Portable Watercolors here at Doodlewash. img212Sunset Hills -Faber-Castell watercolor on Stonehenge Aqua Black Cold Press

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    Examples done for my review of Faber-Castell\'s Creative Studio Portable Watercolors here at Doodlewash. img212Sunset Hills -Faber-Castell watercolor on Stonehenge Aqua Black Cold Press
    Examples done for my review of Faber-Castell’s Creative Studio Portable Watercolors here at Do
    Sandra Strait posted an update
    Examples done for my review of Faber-Castell\'s Creative Studio Portable Watercolors here at Doodlewash. img212Sunset Hills -Faber-Castell watercolor on Stonehenge Aqua Black Cold Press
    Examples done for my review of Faber-Castell’s Creative Studio Portable Watercolors here at Do
  • For our prompt of “Barbed Wire” today, I thought of the fences that were on my grandparent’s farm. If one of the kids went into the gate of the pasture and the other walked along the outside instead, we’d end up

    • Sweet painting, Charlie!! Miss hugs too….miss seeing all of the people I would normally be hugging too.🤗😍

    • Charlie I’ve spent all my adult life in the school of hugs! I’m not especially a hugger even so and during flu season I say, “I love you from afar!”, several times a week. However, seeing your separated bunnies made me well up😥 Ok, I’m just gonna say it, I miss hugging my loved ones-and even the odd stranger at this point! I hope and pray we all get back to normal humanity, even my awkward version of it.🤗

    • Adorable! I’m afraid that I’m not a hugger although I am better than I use to be depending on the situation. Now I will have to relearn how to suppress that reflex to stiffen up.

    • I do hope we go back to hugging, but there have been times when beautiful barely touched one another unless they were close family (especially those of the opposite sex). I wouldn’t be surprised if we are seeing the beginning of a cultural shift as people worry about possible pandemics in the future. We will see how it goes. I’ve decided I’m going to consider this the beginning of a new age, and look for the good things that will come from it rather than worry what bad things might arise.

    • I was the person who did the hiring when I was working. I hired teenagers to shelve books. I always shook hands with them when they came for an interview. For most it was their first job and they had no idea how to shake hands, so I made it my mission to teach them. I hope it stood them in good stead.

  • Faber-Castell has a wide range of art supplies, including their Creative Studio line. Aimed at college students and young adults who don’t need professional supplies, this line provides quality for the beginner to

    • Thank you, Mugdha! I’m glad that my explanations are of help. I remember how confusing it was when I first started watercolor. So often, the terms describe something very simple, but it all seems difficult when you don’t know the meanings.

    • Great review! It’s great that some companies have less expensive alternatives for artists that don’t need to spend on expensive professional grade paints but don’t want to paint with very inferior paints which can be difficult to use.

    • Thanks, Sandra, I too am surprised by the results on black. And I have wondered why these kits have sponges. Hahaha! I had no idea for sure. I usually just ignore mine.

    • Well this look like a great travel set! I don’t like to mix colors when I am on the go. Normally I’m not in one spot long enough for it to dry in the pan and may not be able to replicate it later. Thanks for another fine review!

      • Thank you, Lori! I don’t often mix colors on the palette, preferring to glaze or blend on the paper. I like having the convenience colors because it is easier to get consistent results when you are mixing that way.

    • Unfortunately I don’t read the ad til I see the price.

      • I can understand that, though I don’t consider these ads. There are links at the bottom so you can look at the product on Amazon. I don’t like to put a price in the review, because they can vary from store to store and over time.

    • Amazing Review as usual… When I see a review by Sandra Strait, I know is a must see… Me personally use the Albrecht Dürer watercolor pencils in my watercolor art in the finishing stage of the process, it helps a lot to accent details in the project. That’s how I achieve cat hair in my watercolors… The watercolor pencils Albrecht Dürer are amazing, but they are professional grade. These watercolor sets are not bad at all for being Student Grade by the way, but I wonder how is the lightfast on this ones?

      • Thank you, Walt! That’s a fabulous compliment. I wouldn’t expect the lightfastness to be great. I have two rule of thumbs about non-professional quality watercolors. A professional label doesn’t guarantee lightfastness, but if it is non-professional, lightfastness is going to be spotty. The other one is that companies want you to know all the good points of their product, so they’ll tell you what they are. Nothing was said about pigment information or lightfastness in the informational pamphlet. I’ve left the ocean waves painting I did out where it gets direct sunlight for a good portion of the day, and it hasn’t faded any, but it’s only been about 3 weeks since it was painted. I do know sets where I would have already seen fading, so these are not in the lowest end of lightfastness. That’s the best I’ll give these in that regard.

    • Many thanks, Saania!

    • Thank you! I’ve followed your blog as well.

    • Wonderful review, Sandra! What a great range of colors!!

    • Thank you, Claire! It’s wonderful to know that people enjoy my reviews for more than just learning about a new product.

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  • For our prompt of “Dance” today, I thought about a couple of polar bears dancing the night away with a bit of aurora mood lighting. Yeah, that’s pretty much how my mind works. In truth, I also wanted to try

    • Dancing. Ugh! It was ruined for me during high school. Two weeks a year, gym became dancing class. I was clumsy, incredibly shy, and have absolutely no sense of rhythm. The classes were run like a competition, the gym teachers making them as much like a sport as possible, and yelling at you if you weren’t scoring the goals. I hated sports, too, so double whammy. They were always just before Christmas, and for years, afterward, I couldn’t hear ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ without cringing and getting sick to the stomach.

      • Oh wow! They really did ruin you for dancing. Yeah… gym class was not my thing either in any form. When everything in life is meant to be a competition, the fun gets sucked right out of it! 😉

    • Polar bears, one of my most favorite animals and these two look marvelous!!! Dancing always seems like such a joyous activity. My maternal grandma used to sit at her piano pounding out a tune, jump up, grab one of us kids and dance us around her small living room; singing and laughing the whole time. Special memory.

    • Fascinante, Charlie, me gusto los osos bailando

    • Fantastic Charlie! What a marvelous scene to ponder and it makes me giggle.

    • Fascinating you doodle how you executed these those polar bears dancing the night away.when I was little a joined a group folk dancers it was fun !

    • Lisa replied 1 day ago

      What I wouldn’t give to be able to dance! I have a photo of Joe and me dancing at our wedding. We look so happy. It’s one of my favorites. That old saying, dance as if no one is watching fits here. I think everyone feels self conscious. That means they aren’t paying attention to you, just to themselves. If you can paint, you can dance!

      • Hehe! True! 😃💕 Yeah, I was actually good at choreographed dancing, and probably wasn’t horrible at the freestyle stuff, but give me a pair of tap shoes any day! lol

    • I love all the colors you’ve used! The sky, water, ice, and reflections on the bears are just perfect.

    • Fun doodle, Charlie. You’ve nailed the sky. Slow dance is all I can do. I have no sense of rhythm in the dance floor.

    • What a beautiful sketch. Happy to see you continuing to try things. Life is too short to do things we don’t want to. There are too many things we “have” to do each day that are no fun….cooking is at the top of my list! I’ve noticed since I haven’t been working my creative spirit has been ignited. My job is crafting things I would normally not do. Earlier this year I was thinking I needed a change. Well, careful what you wish for!

      • Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 hehe! Yay for change! Yeah, I’ve been grabbing extra time to paint and play and dream, so it’s been a really nice change indeed!

    • The background is lovely. Admire your imagination

    • Aww thanks so much, Fanna! 😃💕 Hehe… I adore that your husband uses your mug. But yeah, he needs to start painting if he wants to earn the right to use it! 😉 lol As for skies like these… it’s wet in wet and light colors first heading up to Indigo. There’s lots of demos on YouTube for Northern Lights Watercolor. On this one, I tried for a dark sky, but I think I liked my last one with more colors better!

    • Bonjour, Cathy! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m practicing storybook illustrations currently, and some turn out better than others and have more and less detail. I’m playing with the balance of the two and just making single objects was fun, but I want to tell visual stories more. These polar bears had less detail than the ones I did earlier in the month… that one was a bit more realistic. 😉

    • Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Glad I’m not alone… I’d much prefer to be outside looking up at the stars than in a well.. just about any group setting! 😊 lol And yeah, I had thought about writing a children’s play back then. The two I wrote were both comic murder mysteries. But I did get to design and paint the set for a children’s play based on the story Billy Goat’s Gruff… I also played the tallest goat! hehe

    • Thanks so much, Kellie! 😃💕

    • Thanks so much, Marisela!😃💕I love that both of your parents love to dance! That’s so cool! And yes, you will definitely leap and dance again my friend. I think we should always live life without imposing limits… it’s just more fun that way!!

  • For our prompt of “Feed” today, I ended up with a chipmunk chowing down on peanuts. I was actually eating peanuts earlier and things got a little out of hand. My sister and I agree that if you put the cap back on

    • Charlie for sure you have a very quick mind. I’ve seen in your writing hoiw it comes to the fore in many things and when it comes to goodies, it absolutely glows and beeps. Love it! Phillippe is going to have to put a tracking device on your ankle. Oh oh there goes Charlie. Time to send a text. I won’t tell you then about Lindt chili chocoiate bars. Chili? Oh oh I feel a cheat coming on. I am sure one square won’t hurt me on top of my ration 1.5. Now where is the freezer….

      • Aww thanks so much!! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I think he’s always looked for tracking devices! lol And chili chocolate is soooo good…. that’s just a wise decision.

    • Lovely painting and lovely thoughts..just one more pen, one more brush…sometimes it is hard to say no…but a little restraint is good..for health and pockets LOL…

    • Fabulous Charlie! It amazes me how much they can stuff in their cheeks.

    • Jejejejejejeje. Love the face with his mouth full and looking for the next on line…. Jajajajaj. Good one Charlie.

    • I started laughing when I laid eyes on that squirrel and didn’t stop to the very end of your post. Wonderful painting and post, Charlie!! There’s a jar of mixed nuts on our kitchen counter so your description of the peanut consumption hit home…directly. Glad that I’m not the only one who can’t eat just one…chip, peanut, cookie…..😍

    • Peanuts are one of my downfalls too – in almost any form. There isn’t much that can’t be made better with peanuts or peanut butter. I had Pad Thai for lunch this weekend – if I’m going to have peanuts I at least try to make it seem like there is some other nutrition involved!

    • I picked an ice cream bucket of green beans today. I have a friend coming tomorrow to pick them up we ate some that I picked two days ago for dinner tonight. I’ll have more to pick in two days. I only have one person left on my gimme list. Planting an extra row to give away has been brilliant. I’ve given to most of the neighbors and a couple of friends further afield. Next year I may even do more so I can pass them on to the food pantry. Unless the squash beetles kill them, my zucchini plants should be out of control in another week. I feel some bread in my future.

      I had hamsters and gerbils as pets when I was a kid. I loved when they stuffed their cheeks with food to run off and hide it. They were so cute!

      • Yeah, I had a hamster that could really stuff its cheeks! Loved that guy! 😃💕 And so cool you’re sharing the awesomeness of fresh green beans around. I wish I lived closer!!

    • Oh, I have a saying about my head when things get out of control, “The squirrels in my head are loose and they have machetes!” Look how well behaved yours is! But now I understand why I never quite get what they’re yelling about-they have their mouths full!🐿🐿🐿

    • Brilliant doodle, so funny. Monkey nuts take me back to my childhood, when we’d go to a green grocer’s called Mickey’s, and buy a bag.

    • Hahaha, that’s me with candy. He is so cute and funny!

    • lovely

    • Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Still waiting on the cookies…. ugh! hehe But yay for little treats and that occasional indulgence. We need them… and now more than ever!

  • Hello, everyone! I am Supriti Chauhan from India. I am the artist behind the nom de plume – ‘Laburnum Soul’. I hail from the beautiful North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, currently based at Noida, India. I am

  • For our prompt of “Tools” today, I immediately thought of art supplies, of course. Truly, they’re the only tools I know how to use outside of a hammer. And, I’m not allowed to use that very often for fear of

    • I love it…. It’s so cute…. Wao, great composition and joyful….

    • Fascinante, Charlie, me gusto, el gato muy pensativo jajjaa

    • This is so happy Charlie! Art is the best therapy!

    • Sometimes, we start doing something for fun and suddenly realize we’ve created so many rules and deadlines for it that it has become a struggle instead. Finding that place in-between is so important, where we make the time to DO, but keep it flexible enough and simple enough where DOing isn’t a constant hassle. Having worked so many years for an organization where I had to document every move I made, meet irrational deadlines and submit plans without knowing what the obstacles might be, I find myself falling into that mode. Now in retirement, there are times it comes in handy, because I’ll have already figured out what I need to do to have time to DO. But I also have to pull back and remind myself “This is Fun! If I’m not having fun, I’m not doing it right!”

    • What a thoughtful kitty. Adorable.

    • Good essay. And truth. I’ve been artsy since I was little. It was encouraged by my mom who was artsy too. She didn’t do much until she was older, but then she too up painting. My dad did bird carving and yard art. It was a wonderful thing to do art as a teenager because it was a good way to stand out from the crowd. My school had an annual art show and pancake supper every year and we always went because I had something in the show. I’m pretty sure in hindsight that my dad hated pancakes for supper. But he went every year.

    • Great doodle Charlie. It’s about a year since I started doing art as a hobby. It’s thanks to all the encouragement and comments here that have kept me going. Having the daily prompt is great.

      • Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled to hear that! I agree… the prompts and community are definitely what keeps me going daily!

    • Wonderful post, Charlie! 15 minutes with my sketchbook and watercolors can totally brighten any day.

    • Oh squeal!!!! This is so stinking cute. I have a thing for pictures of characters painting. I’ve picked up a few old valentines with child artists on them.

    • Adorable! Haha, people are the same with me and ‘proper’ tools funnily enough. I can’t say I blame them; I panic when I have to use a screwdriver, never mind anything else. I’m just waiting for things to go Mr. Bean levels of wrong!

      • Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃💕 haha… me toooooo! I’m totally Mr. Bean when it comes to other tools. Best if we just stick to the art ones. lol 😉

    • Thanks so much, Anna! 😃💕 hehe… my mind would be a strange download indeed! lol

    • Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 haha!! I love the idea of blackmailing kitty artist! Too funny!!

    • Thanks so much, Janica! 😃💕

    • Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 I love thinking this cat stumbled upon a child’s painting. And so true… I good at story starters, but it’s tough to get through the whole thing!

    • Love love love this!! and again the expression on the cat is priceless…And art supplies my favorite tools as well..thanks for supplying us with a wonderful way to express the creativity in all of us..when we take the time to DO it!!!

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