Friday, February 24, 2017

Review and Giveaway of Stonehenge Aqua Cold Press Watercolor Paper #Watercolor #Stonehenge @LegionPaper

If you are looking for my other giveaway for a Rhodiarama Pad Holder (which ends today), go here.  Just be sure to come back for this new giveaway! 

Recently, I received a 10-pack of  Stonehenge Aqua Cold Press #140 lb watercolor paper from Legion Paper to try out.

I'm giving away one of these 22 x 30 sheets.  I'm sorry, but this will be U.S. only.  It would cost more to send internationally than it would to buy a 10 pack of the paper, lol.  Giveaway information can be found at the end of the review.

This painting was done on Stonehenge Aqua 140# Cold Press paper like the sheet that is reviewed here.  See more below.
100% Cotton
Neutral pH
Acid Free
Chlorine Free
2 deckles, 2 cut edges (sheets)
Sized for watercolor

Applications: Calligraphy, Inkjet, Intaglio, Letterpress, Offset, Pen & Ink, Pastel & Charcoal, Silkscreen

Look & Feel
Hopefully you can see the scan below.  I punched up the shadows to show you the texture of the paper, which makes it look more blue and more textured than it is in real life.

It also feels rather smooth to the touch, almost like a hot press.  If you compare it to the Stonehenge hot press though, you'll find it is quite different.

Running up a couple of test sheets, I found:
  • Color flows well
  • Color lifts easily
  • Paper holds up well to scrubbing
  • Paint dries quickly enough that it is easy to get hard edges & back runs
  • Masking tape does little to no damage
  • Masking tape does little to no damage
  • Erasing does little to no damage
  • Sponging does little to no damage
  • Scraping does cause some fuzzing
  • Paper tears easily, but the edges fuzz somewhat
  • Paper curls when thoroughly wet, but flattens well once dry

The best test is painting pictures of course, so I set out to do that.

I used the hard edge effect for those orange streaks in the sky, yet I was able to get a smooth wash for the blue,  I achieved the slight clouds by picking up some color by dabbing with a kleenex.  This did no damage so I was able to easily paint the tree afterward.  I did the ground and grasses last, letting backruns form to suggest texture and some sense of depth.

For my water lily I used salt in the background to get texture.  While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled on the salt. I was fairly aggressive in wiping it off once the paint dried, and then I glazed over it with more color.  I left the salt on longer than I normally would, and I did find that some crystals stuck to the paper.  It's kind of cool looking, adding some extra sparkle, but I'm not sure how good that would be over time.  Scraping lightly with a fingernail removed the stubborn crystals.

I  don't use masking fluid very often, but I wanted to capture those white eyelashes and the wispy bits of wool, and it was a good test for this paper.  The masking fluid peeled away with no problem.  I painted over some of the masked area to blend, and soften edges in other places with no sign of damage to the paper.

For this last piece, I painted a quick study, with a wet-into-wet background.  I used a size 6 round, a small brush for the area to be covered and invites backruns, which can add interest for a background.

Stonehenge Aqua Cold Press 140 lb paper is smoother than many cold press papers. It is absorbent enough that you can get hard edges and/or back runs. It does curl a bit when thoroughly wetted but doesn't ripple, and the curl tends to flatten once the paper is dry.  It is sturdy enough to hold upwell to lifting, scrubbing, erasing, masking tapes and fluids.

At the time I wrote this, a 10-pack of 22 x 30 Stonehenge Aqua Cold Press 140# at JerrysArtarama is is priced at $39.90 while a 10 pack of the same size Arches paper is $58.41.

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What Is the Prize?   One winner will each receive a 22 x 30 inch sheet of  140# Stonehenge Aqua Cold Press paper like the paper reviewed here.  

When does the Giveaway Start and End?  It starts Friday, February 24, 2017 at 08:00 AM PST and ends Friday, March 03, 2017 at 11:59 PST.  I'll notify the winner on Saturday, March 04, 2017, by responding to the email they sent as entry.

Who Can Enter? Sorry. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only

How to Enter? Cut and paste these words: 'I want to win Stonehenge Aqua Paper' into the subject line of an email, and send it to me at  LifeImitatesDoodles [at] gmail [dot] com. (replace the words enclosed in [ ] with an @ and a . and make sure there are no spaces) 

Disclaimer:  I received this Stonehenge Aqua Paper from Legion Paper for the purpose of  feedback.  I offered to review it and give some away. I'm excited about having this giveaway, but tried not to let it influence my opinion, and all opinions are my own.  I received no other compensation.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Doodles Drawings for my Husband's Lunch #Rhodiarama #Exaclair #PenAndInk

I've been using my Rhodiarama Pad Holder to draw little doodles to put in my husband's lunch, so he'll have a reason to smile on stressful days.  

Have you entered my giveaway, for a chance to win a pad holder of your own?  The giveaway ends tomorrow night.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wednesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

If you are looking for my Rhodiarama Pad Holder giveaway, go here.

The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
joey's weekly tangle challenge #153
"It's a String Thing" #184 Tiles
"It's a String Thing" #185

Daily Tangle - Chicken Feet
Sanibelle Tangle Lesson Pattern #150
Floral Waves

New Patterns
TanglePatterns: How to Draw Trifle

Zenbossing Part 2

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Watercolor Northern Lights in Winter Painting Demonstration
How to Draw the Northern Lights and Howling Wolf with soft pastels
Making your own Stencils for printmaking
How to Draw Gems with Markers and Colored Pencils
Dragons Breath Galaxy Mexican Fire Opal Doodle Gem ep 47
Journal52: Prompt 8-Stillness (now moved to Wednesdays)

Goodreads Giveaway-Coloring Book for Teens or Adults 
Goodreads Giveaway- The Tufa Coloring Book
Win a Sheaffer 300 pen set with The Pen Company
Brush Set Giveaway & Easy Golden Sunset Tutorial
Studio Calico Giveaway-Choose between three different prizes

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Trout No Doubt #Stonehenge #Watercolor #LegionPaper

If you are looking for my Rhodiarama Pad Holder giveaway, go here.

This was done on Stonehenge Aqua Cold Press 140 lb watercolor paper.  I'll be giving away a 22 x 30 sheet of this paper in the near future.  I haven't decided exactly when the giveaway will be but it will be within the week or two, so keep an eye out on my blog!

I used Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, Lunar Blue and lots of salt for this painting.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

If you are looking for my Rhodiarama Pad Holder giveaway, go here.

The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
Weekly Zentangle Challenge 304

TanglePatterns String 249

Daily Tangle - Ditto
Crazy Huggins Tangle Pattern Lesson #149
Daily Tangle - Rubenesque

New Patterns
Pattern-Collections New: Muffake
Bubble in a garden tangle
Shooting Star Tangle
Pattern-Collections New: Loopity
Pattern-Collections New: Stringel
Pattern-Collections New: Nummel
Pattern-Collections New: Prop-Zer

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
How to Mix Skin-Tones with Watercolor
How To Paint A Horse in Acrylic
Leftover Scraps Become Mixed Media Art
Let's Make a Rug
Rhodia bullet journaling post 6: Trackers

Magical Dawn Coloring Book by Hanna Karlzon Magical Dawn Coloring Book
Goodreads Giveaway-Ornamentals Feel Good Words To-Go: 50 Portable Feel Good Words
Baron Fig Alphabet Limited Edition Squire Pen Giveaway
Pen Habit Giveaway- Fisher of Pens Apollo Fountain Pen


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Alice's Cat #Clairefontaine #Rhodia #Zebra

If you are looking for my Rhodiarama Pad Holder giveaway, go here.

For today's drawing, I used the lovely Clairefontaine dotgrid paper in my Rhodia soft cover webnotebook and a Zebra ZGrip.  It has the same kind of paper that you find in the Rhodiarama Pad Holder, except that it is ivory rather than white.

It's with more than a bit of nostalgia that I've noticed the interest in ballpoint pen drawings, lately.

At the risk of starting what sounds like one of those "...and when I was child, I had to walk ten miles in the snow..." stories - when I was a child, we pretty much had to draw with ballpoint pens.  Stores didn't carry much else, and even if they had my parents wouldn't have spent the money on them.  They weren't poor, but the very idea! Good money for a fancy pen, when a ballpoint would do the job!

Mind you, I only used the lined notebook paper that I had for school back then, as well.

Even though this cat isn't smiling, the drawing makes me think of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, which explains the title.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus

Zentangle * 7 (Nulink, Pepper, Trelina, Dragonair, Zenplosion, Laceflower)
How to Draw Tangle Pattern String Rose Lesson 16
Candor Tangle Pattern Lesson #148
Daily Tangle - Balo
Daily Tangle - Flowking
Zentangle® Pattern Tangelation: Hamadox (Hamsix / Paradox)

New Patterns
TriLinangle Pattern
TanglePatterns: How to draw Ten-Shun

Weekly Zentangle Roundup #310

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts

Tropical Landscape Demonstration in Watercolor
How to Make Foil Embossed Flowers: Part 1 of 2
Packing & Shipping Watercolor Paintings
How to Draw + Color Emoji Stickers Easy Quick Beginner Art
Drawing the female figure for fashion
Journal52 Week 7: Dawn

Review & Giveaway: Rhodiarama Pad Holder with No. 12 Dot Grid pad