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Toned Paper and Sketchbooks

Strathmore recently came out with a heavy 184 lb or 300gsm pad of Toned Tan Mixed Media paper with a vellum surface. I have a sketchbook of their lighter toned grey paper and have never used it as the paper … Continue reading

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Half Pans, Sketchbooks, Metric Weights for Paper, and Useful Apps

I try to think in centimeters and millimeters and meters, I also think in kilometers 90 percent of the time, but my stubborn mind will not grok the metric weight of paper. I am constantly looking up and converting online. … Continue reading

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Inktense Swatches

I was getting bored with the squares and rectangles for colour swatches, so I went to the home furnishings template and by golly that sofa sectional was just the right shape for doing swatches of my new Derwent Inktense pencils. … Continue reading

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A Flower for Owen Ransen

Last week I got the e-mail newsletter from Ransen Software which inspired me to get back to my Stillman and Birn Gamma sketchbook. I have known Owen Ransen for 13 years and occasionally test new versions of his marvelous program … Continue reading

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Folding Palette Test in Stillman and Birn Gamma Sketchbook

I was a bit disappointed that two of the tubes of extra colours I bought are so close to the standard colours in the Van Gogh Watercolour kit. At some point I had purchased a Daler-Rowney Quinacridone Magenta which is … Continue reading

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Testing Coloured Pencil in My Stillman and Birn Gamma Sketchbook

I didn’t start off to intentionally test different materials in this sketchbook but it worked out that way when I started doing a couple of test swatches. While searching for tutorials on using gouache, I came across the blog of … Continue reading

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Gouache Test Swatches in Stillman and Birn Gamma Sketchbook

If I wasn’t convinced before, this will do it. My older sketchbook would have buckled like mad with this amount of paint and water, even though it is slightly heavier paper. As well as laying down test swatches, I did … Continue reading

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