Saturday, 9 September 2017

Sennelier Professional Watercolour Paint

A couple of months ago I had the opportunity of buying a 12 pan set of professional watercolour paint by Sennelier.
I bought 7 extra pans and put them in the travel tin.

Sennelier paint is not available everywhere in The Netherlands, so I ordered it on
This is my first set of professional watercolour paint, so I can only tell you that these paints are doing what I expected them to do.
They are particularly suitable for glazing, I have read, and so far this seems to be true.
I am really enjoying them!

I took Sennelier with me on vacation in Switzerland and painted for hours on our balcony with this spectacular view!

Compaired to my Winsor&Newton Cotman watercolour set (a student grade watercolour) the professional Sennelier performs a lot better. Professional watercolour paint has a lot more pigment in it and is a lot stronger.

I am glad I took the plunge and bought a professional set.
In time I will buy other professional brands so I can do a comparison.


Monday, 7 August 2017

Derwent Inktense Pencils

I recently received a set of 24 Derwent Inktense Pencils.
After getting to know them a little bit I more and more start to love these ink pencils.

Derwent Inktense at first sight seems to be a watercolour pencil, but this is not the case.
Inktense has ink in it. You can handle it just like a watercolour pencil, but after the colours have dried, the colours become permanent.
With watercolour pencils you can move the paint around after you put water on it for a second or third time, but with Inktense this works only a little bit.

Inktense is also available as Inktense Blocks. These look a little bit like blocks of soft pastels, but they are the same as the pencils.

So far I really enjoy these pencils and will certainly use them a lot in the future!


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Snippets from the Colour Along Project - Part 2 - The Door

Join the Colour Along Instruction Project for Coloured Pencil and learn how I layer, blend, add details and shadows, and a lot more!

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Caran d'Ache Waterbrushes

About two years ago I bought my first waterbrush. It was a Derwent brush but it turned out that this brush wasn't working for me.
The results I had with this brush were so bad that I decided to stick with the traditional brushes.

My terrible results with the Derwent waterbrush

I've seen many people do great work with waterbrushes so I was quite disappointed that it didn't seem to work for me.
I love painting outdoors and waterbrushes would be ideal for plein air watercolour painting!

A while ago I stumbled upon the Caran d'Ache Waterbrushes. They looked different and after reading a couple of reviews I was hoping they would fit me better than the Derwent brush. So I took the chance and ordered them.
Last week the brushes arrived and the results I have with them are so much better than with the Derwent brush already!

My much better results with the Caran d'Ache waterbrush!
The Caran d'Ache waterbrushes come in a set of three. A medium and a large size brush and a felt tip brush.

I haven't tried the felt tip brush yet.
In a couple of weeks I will make a couple of reviews about these brushes.
I will continue using them and I hope they will continue to perform as good as they do now!


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor Pencils - A first impression in Secret Garden

I recently received a set of Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils and my first impression of them is very positive!
They are quite soft, layer beautifully, and have a good price too!
I video about my first impression of these pencils will be online very soon.
A thorough review will be available in a couple of months.
I need these months to colour with them a lot, and see how they work on different types of paper and combined with other pencil brands.

So far I love these pencils!


Monday, 26 June 2017

Receiving a gift with Irojiten pencils and testing them!


Last year a received Dowdle Doodles National Parks colouring book as a present.
It is a lovely book with the original paintings by Eric Dowdle in it. So you can follow the original painting in your colouring if you want to.
I am currently colouring the Sequoiah National Park page in this book to test Tombow Irojiten pencils.

This is a first video about unboxing a beautiful gift I received and testing the Irojiten pencils. I not only received Irojiten pencils but other pencils too!

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