Windsor & Newton Vs Koi
I really love my travelling watercolour kit - I bought it six years ago in the UK - a real Windsor & Newton palette with faux leather case - I love it, always have. On my recent travels I did run out of two colours… so off to the local art shop in Canggu… unfortunately they didn't have the squares of paint, but they did have the complete travel boxes - but not W&N. I found a brand that pretty much cost the same price as the squares so I decided to buy them and have a go.
Koi by Sakura - the brand - came in a box of 12 colours (including white), with the usual reds, blues, greens and yellows. It also included a natty little nylon water brush (I love those brushes for everyday use) and sponge. Amazingly the price lead me to believe the colours would be 'lesser'. They weren't. They are vibrant, more concentrated (i.e. they went further) and pretty much compare to their more expensive counter-part, W&N….
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Love my Windsor & Newton, but LURVE my Koi by Sakura!
Old and New
Dear Sketchbook, finished! So red, and lovely! Paper a little fibrous, but no matter, at A5 and fairly thick, you've been great to travel with. You've absorbed watercolour really well - kept fairly unbuckled (i.e. hard cover helps!), with a good amount of 110 gsm pages (200 plus), you've been the bearer of countless nights of entertainment… as a very good friend of mine said about you just the other day "… she has spent countless hours working in that book…" indeed, you are very valuable in terms of hours, and thoughts, and story ideas… and I have shared you with my son, who likes to draw, and also thinks you're awesome...
And so, to the next one - this time, in yellow… here are some of my favourite pages from the red book:
Feeling inspired from my recent trip to Bali, and finding a whole group of fantastic artists online, I took myself off to the local artshop for a 'celebratory' art haul *any excuse….*
This time, I'm following an artist who, like me, LOVES her line work (Frannert) - I have been so inspired by her line work, that I've watched all of her videos, checked out her editorial and other portfolios online, and I decided to purchase a few bits and pieces. Frannert uses an ecole liquid watercolour which gives a really awesome uneven, fluid line and since I'm addicted to the pens, I decided to revisit the brush. On her recommendations i purchased three of the thinnest brushes I could find (she uses a 3/10, 5/10 and 0 I think), and so I bought these - ironically I can't actually see the tips on one brush (eyesight fail) but seriously the control with my brush and acrylic ink Aero Color Professional has been fantastic - it's a Schminkcke branded ink and it's pretty much quick drying and the most opaque ink I've ever used….
Instead of the usual black, I bought a red madder dark and well, as they say, the rest is history… love it.
There are one or two points to note tho, when mixing with water it goes pink instead of light brown (obviously) and it doesn't work particularly well with the paper I've come to love in my Mont Matre sketch book (hard covered), so I'll have to stick with the single page 'good stuff' for non-doodle works.
The brushes are a bit more of a discussion point - I bought a few NEEF and Princeton brushes, and the NEEF i10/0 is holding the colour much better. Although, that could be a 'me' thing: I'm so used to the Faber Castel brush pens that I'm comparing apples and pears. i.e I'm loading the brushes with too much ink. Mind you, I tried the FC brush pen with an acrylic ink wash and I loved the results!
In a nutshell, I go through massive amounts of pens, and the ink looks like it'll last a good couple of years…. the results are good and the lightfastness is apparently fantastic with the acrylic ink, so lets see how I do...
So, two weeks and it's gone, just like that. The most fantastic trip ever! Bali - Ubud and then Canggu… A must for any artist: one week of arts, culture, monkeys, zoos and the one week of beach, catching up on my (non) tan, doodling on the beach, drawing at the villa, sketching in the town…
more imageS to come...
The textures in and around the cities and villages had me meandering streets, temples, town squares, (extremely) busy roads, and empty beaches…. the sunsets, odd shapes in the wood and patterns kept me looking for more inspiration. I get it. The organic shape of the rock faces, the chaos in the 'organised' pattern comes from the Balinese 'nature'… the largest oldest wood I've seen, biggest snakes and most incredible sunsets.
Overall, a highly relaxing holiday and so much inspiration! Can't wait to get back to Bali!
Don't you just love Google!?! On Friday, I managed to pour a glass of water over my poor little Macbook... and after 4.5 days, I'm happy to say, it's up and running and functioning well. After doing a little research, I found that this is a very common Mac 'ailment', and one that pretty much corrodes the internals over time, but for now... a lot of down time, fans on the keyboard, upside down placed on a towel, with no charge for the duration of the 'convalescence' and it's looking good!
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.