20 November 2012

Stillman and Birn Beta Series Hardbound Sketchbook a Very Short Review

After reading Brenda Swenson's review of the Stillman & Birn Sketchbooks, I wanted to try the Beta Series Hardbound Sketchbook.
Because I can't find it in New Zealand I ordered one from gouletpens.com.

What I like about this sketchbook is:
- Its size, mine is 5.5 x 8.5 in. (it also comes in 8.5 x 11 in)
- The fact that opens flat.
- Its paper: archival, natural white, 180 lbs/ 270 grs, cold press, suitable for mixed media.
- It comes in Portrait Format!!!!

In the photos above you can see what I've done until now.
I have tried it with watercolor, ink and a little bit of paper collage which are my favorite media. Dip pens and fountain pens with nibs of different kind and sizes.

So far so good I'm loving it. 

The things I would change:
-Slightly thinner cover with round corners, nothing else.

06 November 2012

Side by Side

This is my latest illustration. It is an Australian Sea Turtle.
I wanted to show you the original illustration (left) and the print (right) side by side.
They are on different paper. The original is done in Fabriano Artistico extra white watercolor paper while the print is on Epson Velvet Art Paper. Both are acid free archival high quality papers.
Print available a www.magamerlina.etsy.com