Sandra Strait

Kaleidolines Starter Set Packaging Zig Kuretake
REVIEW: Kaleidolines Starter Set from Kuretake ZIG

January 13, 2022

Need a set of tools for drawing, doodling and watercolor-style coloring? The Kuretake ZIG Kaleidolines Starter Set may be exactly what you need. But What Are Kaleidolines? Kaleidolines is a method of drawing based on patterns, similar to Zentangle and Tangling. It works very well with both. Really, it’s just a way to get started with abstract drawing or doodling.

Cambio Tambien Brush Pens Sets by Kuretake
REVIEW: Cambio Tambien Brush Pen Sets by Kuretake

December 16, 2021

Looking for things to make you paint in bright, bold color? Kuretake Cambio Tambien brush pens come in two sets of 6 Colors each. They’re great for a range of artistic activity — painting, lettering, art journaling and more. But What Are They? These are brush pens — those in-between tools that have bristles like a brush but are filled […]

REVIEW: Strathmore Ready Cut Watercolor Paper

December 10, 2021

Ever tried to find a frame and discovered your painting isn’t an easy size to find? Strathmore Ready Cut watercolor paper comes in three of the most common U.S. frame sizes — 5” x 7”, 8” x 10” and 11” x 14. On the back you’ll find information to help you find the right mat for your painting as well. […]

Gansai Tambi Watercolor Main Image
REVIEW: Gansai Tambi Watercolors by Kuretake

July 27, 2021

Traditional watercolor, gouache, watercolor inks. Just when you think you know them all there comes yet another kind of watercolor! Like many ‘new’ discoveries, Gansai Tambi watercolor has been around forever. So what is it, and how is it different?

Aquafine Watercolour Ink Set Daler-Rowney
REVIEW: Aquafine Watercolour Ink by Daler-Rowney

July 15, 2021

Last month I reviewed Aquafine Watercolours in the tube and pan versions. They are also available as pigment-based inks. I felt they were different enough to rate their own review. Daler-Rowney Aquafine Watercolour Ink comes in 48 colors. I received the six-color set along with two extra colors. The set includes a refillable felt-tip empty marker. I’ll be giving away […]

ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Kuretake Review Main Image
REVIEW: ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens

July 7, 2021

Traditional watercolor and brush are fabulous and convenient, but sometimes you want something even more convenient. Kuretake’s ZIG Clean Color Real Brush fills the need. These are brush pens filled with bright, beautiful water-based dye inks. They provide a rich palette of 90 colors. They are available in sets of many sizes and as individual pens. Today, I’m reviewing the […]

Aquafine Watercolor by Daler-Rowney Tubes and Pan Set Lead Image
REVIEW: Aquafine Watercolour From Daler-Rowney in Tube and Pans

June 30, 2021

Daler-Rowney Aquafine watercolour come in tubes, half-pans (aka cake), and pigment-based inks. I’ll review the watercolour inks later because I’m not as familiar with that formulation. Today I’m reviewing the tube and pan versions. I received the Aquafine Watercolour Introduction tube set, the Daler-Rowney Watercolour 24 half pan set in a metal Box, and four extra colors in tube form. […]

REVIEW: Callia Mixed Media Brushes

May 19, 2021

Interested in a synthetic brush line good for oil, acrylic and watercolor? With great balance, flexibility and control? Read on to learn more about Callia Mixed Media Brushes!

Hahnemuhle Natural Line Watercolor Paper Sketching2
REVIEW: Hahnemühle Natural Line

April 21, 2021

First, there was Bamboo Mixed Media and Sketch paper. Now, Hahnemühle has added Hemp Sketch paper and Agave Cold-Pressed watercolor paper to their Natural line. All four of the Natural Line papers are a natural white color. They are all acid-free, age-resistant, and vegan. They are all a combination of a fast-growing, easily renewable sources and cotton fiber by-products of […]

ZenArt Black Tulip Watercolor Brush Set Product Shot and Sample Paintings
REVIEW: ZenArt Black Tulip Watercolor Brush Set

February 15, 2021

Looking for a watercolor brush set that is vegan, synthetic, holds a good amount of water, and has tips that spring back into shape easily? The ZenArt Black Tulip Watercolor Brush Set offers just that. Specs No. of Brushes: Six Rigger 2, Rounds 8,10, Flats 8, ¾”, Cat’s Tongue ¾” PVC Travel Case Vegan synthetic squirrel bristles Kiln-Dried Birch Wood […]

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