January 30, 2010 at 9:02 pm #36334
@Stremiki, Its funny, I found SkineArt site because of Russ Stutler. I enjoyed his blog and sketches, discovered water brushes, Yatate, Moleskine, Pilot Namiki fountain pens, saw his stuff on Ebay, thought about asking him to get me Shin Gansai by Holbein, but never did. I got This paints 21 year ago as a present and still use it sometimes. But it is too dry already. All other Shin Gansai completely different paints. By Holbein colors kind of premixed, more dreamy and soft, organic looking. Blue-gray there brings nostalgic feel to every mixture you make.
Here it is. I think I saw it in one of the Japanese sites for sale, but I can’t read in Japanese, so didn’t know if I can order from them. I’ll try to find this site again. I am very happy that both of us love Japanese paints.January 30, 2010 at 11:51 pm #36336
@Nikira – ok. ok. ok.
So, as I was reading your posting here, I was looking outdoors at a perfect wintertime
scene — beautiful, frigid January sky, silhouetted by tall dark green – now black – towering
pine trees, crisp snow cover. Watching and waiting for “Sunset bird.”
I was thinking about what you say, “dreamy and soft” “organic looking” – and feelings
of nostalgia and longing and a bit of regret and remorse started overcoming me.
It is Russ who is a wee bit responsible — because now when looking at winter scenes,
I think, “I can do this”. Before, I would think, “I _wish_ I could do this.”
So, in your reply, you have now convinced me to email Russ — let’s see what he will say. The results
may be amazing.
And, I hope you have results in the Japanese web site searching — do you know that
translate.google.com will handle Japanese <–> English ?
Example: copy and paste this next line to your web-browser -
See what you think.
mōrusukin’ātoJanuary 31, 2010 at 12:04 am #36338
Robert Frost – Looking For a Sunset Bird in Winter
The west was getting out of gold,
The breath of air had died of cold,
When ‘shoeing home across the white,
I thought I saw a bird alight.
In summer when I passed the place
I had to stop and lift my face;
A bird with an angelic gift
Was singing in it sweet and swift.
No bird was singing in it now.
A single leaf was on a bough,
And that was all there was to see
In going twice around the tree.
From my advantage on a hill
I judged that such a crystal chill
Was only adding frost to snow
As gilt to gold that wouldn’t show.
A brush had left a crooked stroke
Of what was either cloud or smoke
From north to south across the blue;
A piercing little star was through.
.January 31, 2010 at 3:10 am #36340
This is so beautiful.
Winter scenes not easy to paint, but rewarding because of whites and blues and absence of greens. I should try to paint this poem.
. I found this site. Thank you for translator, word by word I was able to write them an email asking to help me to buy this set.I hope they will answer. This is the site: http://www.yumegazai.com/default.asp?mode=product&pc=hl-n353 I was not able to understand their phone number, but filled out the form with product code. They closed from Friday till Sunday. 送信完了しました。
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ご迷惑をおかけいたしますが宜しくお願いいたします。January 31, 2010 at 1:30 pm #36341February 3, 2010 at 10:03 am #36342
Recently my order from Gerstaecker ( http://www.gerstaecker.de/ ) arrived. Notorious German efficiency and precision were on display as expected). Plenty of goodies at reasonable price, however they ship in a way that is bound to be taxed upon arrival (so I had to pay nearly 40% duties on it). Even though you might have a tiny parcel they will not send it via mail but rather through a shipping company like when you buy a car (with detailed specification including all the unit prices, transportation cost and the total – btw the shipping cost is rather high: about 35 Euro as compared to ten times less that say Rosemary charges for shipping). They said it’d arrive in 10 days and it did (you could adjust your watch).
Here is what was in the package:
1. Brushes (all da Vinci)
-Artissimo quill series 44 size 2 (kolinsky) – great one and possibly the most beautiful there is!
-Voyage series 910 size 2 and 5 – also great telescopic field brushes that protect the belly.
-pastel smearing squirrel brush – another unusual beauty
-Set of WN Artists’ 12x5ml tubes – nice, rich and transparent
-Set of 45 Cotman half-pans – haven’t tried yet
-Schmincke gold and silver half-pans (beautiful)
-3 Moleys (you know all about them)
-3 Arches postcard books (outrageously priced)
When order was already shipped I realised I could have bought much better postcard bargain http://www.gerstaecker.de/HahnemuehleMetallboxAquarell-Postkarten-Set-aquarellblocke.htm or here http://www.greatart.co.uk/HAHNEMUEHLEWATERCOLOURPOSTCARDS-water-colour-pads-spirals-blocks.htm
They have an UK site as well ( http://www.greatart.co.uk/About-us–6.html )
I do recommend busines with themFebruary 3, 2010 at 10:53 am #36343February 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm #36344
Nikira, I (and even more my daughter) paint on them and then send them to good friends (“postcards” are fine watercolour paper with address spaces pre-printed on the oposite side). She also paints them and sells to Czech tourists in Gradac (place on Croatian coast). Of course, as a family we loose on that business since just material costs more than what she can achieve on the “market”, but she feels fine “earning” her own pocket money!February 3, 2010 at 4:47 pm #36345
@Nikira & Ziza — there is one woman in Zagreb who has been selling original watercolor drawings
on Hahnemuhle Watercolour Postcard stock.
Here as an example, where is shown the artwork, and the tin, and front side (the fourth thumbnail).
she is using Daler-Rowney, high-quality paints, in a Japanese style.
@Ziza – the tins of Hahnemuhle cards are available at Daniel Smith, an online source of high-
quality materials. My daughter and also colleagues shop there (online). However, the price here
is USD $16.90, plus shipping, etc. Rather, I purchase larger sheets of Hahnemuhle, then cut to
postcard size (either large 5 x 7 inch, or smaller 4 x 6 inch), and run the front side with address
template (the horizontal and vertical lines, placeholder for stamp, etc.) through the printer.
however, I enjoy more the Fabriano/Medioevalis — these come in packs of 100 single cards,
150 x 200 mm. (6 inch by 8 inch). I like the edge effect to tear these to the postcard size.
my opinion is that I get better quality, larger size, and greater number of cards – all for same
price as the tin. And, better control of watercolor and ink washes, fine technical penwork.
we have a company, Strathmore, which makes small packets of watercolor/acrylic/goache
/ink wash cards, along with envelopes. These are in a variety of paper weights, canvas, etc. The
company also makes two sizes of Postcards for watercolorists. I use these for ink wash.February 3, 2010 at 9:54 pm #36346
Thanks John, but this is 2-3 times more expensive than in Germany! And the shipping cost would certainly exceed $30. So thanks but no thanks. I’d wait to go there myself and buy it directly in a store. BTW Sennelier has them in 3 types of watercolor paper (NOT, HOT and STAIN)… http://www.greatart.co.uk/SENNELIERPOSTCARDBLOCK-water-colour-pads-spirals-blocks.htmFebruary 5, 2010 at 12:04 pm #36347February 8, 2010 at 12:20 pm #36350
Have just received two Moleskine Folio Watercolour Notebooks:A4 from
I was charged £19.06 for the pair which is roughly half price. This company claims to deliver anywhere worldwide free of charge.May 4, 2010 at 2:16 pm #36463May 4, 2010 at 8:02 pm #36465
My favourite pen, I use different leads for value studiesJuly 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm #36501
Palomino California recommended by Bob. And metal caps.July 22, 2010 at 8:54 am #36502
Also rubber “eraser caps” useful for protecting long thin pencil pointsAugust 3, 2010 at 11:41 am #36509
Brushes, Pocket brushes, Telescopic Da Vinci, Artissimo by Ziza:
Nikira, I didn’t get exactly what link you’d like me to post. Here is the link to a page of pocket brushes: http://www.rosemaryandco.com/pocket-brushes-reversible-c-126.html
There are some more under section “new and different”.
All of them a excellent, and they are provided with a vent so you can store it while still dump (in fact it is easier that way). I didn’t have problems so far.
Self-protective type you’d find by da Vinci: http://www.davinci-defet.com/files/html/artistbrushes/kat2_1.html
look for 910 Maestro Voyage http://www.davinci-defet.com/files/html/medien/masstabellen/910.pdf
If you want to carry on your idea with a brush manufacturer, then do contact Rosemary since she is willing to make custom-made brushes as well!
ziza 7:30 am on August 2, 2010 | #
BTW I have ALL of the brushes in the links above, and love them all! And Rosemary made a custom made one for me, which is a real treat. The other one I love is not a pocket brush but can’t live without: http://www.davinci-defet.com/files/html/artistbrushes/artissimo.html
I only have size 2 though…September 20, 2010 at 8:58 pm #36530
Every artist must have.. cool drawing bag, one day I’ll get it too.September 20, 2010 at 10:03 pm #36531
The coolest pencil with vintage twist coming soon, check it outOctober 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm #36730
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