Monday, December 21, 2020

Christmas Giveaway Week - DAY 6

Welcome to Day 6 of the Everyday Artist Christmas giveaway! Today's *FABULOUS* prize package includes a handmade Khadi sketchbook and a set of Escoda sable travel brushes. The value of this prize, donated by Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, totals $375.00! Joe may be cheap, but he's also incredibly generous. :) (Love you, Joe!)


The distinctive paper in the Khadi sketchbook has a deckled foredge and medium-rough texture that makes it great for drybrush techniques. It has both internal and external sizing and handles paint beautifully. (See this post for examples of sketches painted in a Khadi sketchbook.) On top of that, the paper is 100% cotton rag. 


The beautiful set of Escoda Reserva Tajmyr-Kolinsky Sable Series 1214 Travel Brushes features Kolinsky red sable and a triple-crimped nickel-plated ferrule attached to a lacquered wood handle. The brushes point perfectly and have a huge capacity for holding paint. Escoda says, "Each and every brush receives a special curing treatment to ensure that the brush tuft keeps its shape, increasing its spring and recovery." Cool! These are brushes to swoon over. They feature a brass extender/cap to protect bristles when packed in your sketch kit. Round brushes in sizes #2, #4, #6, #8, #10, and #12 are included in the set.

Which lucky sketcher will win this excellent prize????? To enter the giveaway today, just leave a comment here on the Everyday Artist blog, and answer the following question....

What is your favorite Christmas carol or seasonal song?

Today's prize includes:

  • An 8" x 10" Hardbound Khadi Sketchbook filled with rough140 lb. soft white hot-pressed 100% rag paper in a soft white hue (Donated by Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, value: $37.79)
  • A set of six Escoda Reserva Kolinsky Sable Travel Brushes with leather case (Donated by Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, value: $337.29)

Giveaway rules:

  • The Everyday Artist Christmas Giveaway week starts December 16 and ends December 22, 2020.
  • To enter the drawing each day, leave a comment on that day's giveaway post. It can be a simple "Please enter me in the giveaway" or (preferred) answer the question of the day with a personal comment.
  • Please include your name in your comment, so I can be sure to identify the winning entrant. (First name and last initial is okay.)
  • NOTE: All comments must be approved before they are published, so there may be a delay between the time you write/post a comment and it shows up here. 
  • One entry per person for each daily giveaway.
  • US addresses only.
  • Winning name will be drawn at the end of each day using a random number generator.
  • All winners will be announced at the end of Giveaway Week.
  • For more detailed rules, click here.

66 comments:

  1. My favorite carol is "Oh Holy Night" -- I think the music is beautiful.

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  2. Marieanne C - My favorite Christmas song is O Tannenbaum

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  3. Oh so many songs I love, for church service I love We Three Kings and for the season, All I Want for Christmas is You!!

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  4. Joan LeBel sorry if this is the second time but I got an error message again.
    My favorite song is O Holy Night.
    These prizes are terrific Leslie. my fingers are crossed....can't paint with crossed fingers!

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  5. the First Noel
    It wouldn’t Be Christmas Without you bu John Tesh
    Becky

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  6. O Little Town of Bethlehem; What Child Is This? So many good carols.

    Thanks for the giveaway. This is a great one.

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  7. My first Christmas Eve away from home and all alone, I spent listening to the Messiah. It was a powerful experience. Fifty years later, it is a memory I continue to treasure.

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  8. Oh my! When my kids were little, they loved Dominick the Donkey (The Italian Christmas Donkey). They sang and danced every time they heard it. If I played that darn song 1,000 times, it'd be an under estimate. Now on Christmas morning, I play it for them (whether we are together or apart) and they groan!!! LOL

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  9. As you know, Leslie...I am kind of an "alternative" kind of gal sometimes. So, I dont care for traditional holiday music. (Must be my inner Scrooge at play) But I do love one alternative song - Dave Matthews' acoustic version of "Christmas Song" - it beautiful to me.

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  10. I’ll Be Home for Christmas. Love that one.. 🧑‍🎄 Beverlee

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  11. Silent Night and I'll Be Home for Christmas...both hold special memories for me. But I love Christmas music! It's hard to choose!

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  12. My "favorite" song is "Christmas in San Francisco". That's a joke actually. I love all Christmas music...children's, religious, movie classics, etc...but I literally cringe every time this song comes on because it is just so very bad!

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  13. Barbara Lowe - I love snow, so have to say "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas".

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    1. Hi BJ - I deleted your extra comments. There's always a delay after you post a comment, because I have to approve them (to prevent spam), so trust that the first one is going through. I check the computer about once every hour to check for new comments. I'm busy in the kitchen today, getting some Christmas cooking done, so it may have taken longer than usual for me to get to your comment. Sorry for the delay. Thanks for posting, and good luck!

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  14. Barbara Yon
    I am sorry if I have entered before but I could not tell if it took my, sorry. My favorite Christmas song is "Oh Holy Night" and music.
    Thank you for the giveaway and my first sable brush!!

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  15. “Mary did you know” has taught me so much about the incarnation of my precious savior. And just how miraculous it was He came at all.

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  16. Thank you for giving us a chance to win these wonderful prizes. I would say that "Oh Holy Night" is also a favorite of mine

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  17. Carol of the Bells by George Winston.
    Silent Night at the end of the Christmas Eve service.
    Anything my grandchildren play on the piano!

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  18. My favorite carol is an old one that's no longer sung, called "In a Cave." I have an old 1800's hymnal that I photocopy the song from so we can enjoy it in our home or as special music at church. Thank you so much for these generous giveaways!

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  19. oooh yes please! My favorite Christmas carol is The First Noel!

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  20. Posting this on behalf of Jeanne Brail, who can't get the comment thingie to work:

    My favorite song is “Shepherds at the Crib.” You probably never heard of it. My father was a musician and an organist at our church. Every year he would play this song at Xmas and people would come from all over just to hear him play this. I have searched for the sheet music but it apparently isn’t in print anymore and no copies are available, however, I did find a monk at a monastery in Pa. who plays it every year and I am able to listen to that. Brings back such fond memories. Thank you.

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  21. My favorite Christmas carol is Silent Night.

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  22. I would say, Silent Night and Oh Holy Night.

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  23. "The Hallelujah Chorus" is my favorite religious music. For sheer toe tapping, I enjoy the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Album "The Lost Christmas Eve", Wizards In Winter (instrumental).

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  24. This is a tough one! For traditional beauty, I love "White Christmas"; for humor, I really like "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"!

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  25. Really having difficulty posting! My favorite Christmas music would be Mary Did You Know and Do You Know What I Know. Both not played enough but love hearing them.

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  26. I love ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime (The Huron Carol), The Wexford Carol, and Mary, Do You Know.

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  27. First of all, thank you Leslie and thank you Joe for such generous gifts!

    If I had to pick one (and that's a hard one!) it's "White Christmas." I like every version I've ever heard from Bing to the Platters and every one in-between. But as I said, it's a tough call -- there are so many beautiful or tremendously fun songs!

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  28. I enjoy dancing a lovely hula to "White Christmas," but this year's Christmas season has me replaying and singing along to the Callie & Colette version of "Bring a Torch (Jeanette Isabella)" because it just sounds so sweet the way they perform it. But, with 52 albums on my iTunes Christmas playlist, I really like almost *every* Christmas song...

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  29. Away in a Manger....and all the other old songs! Love the album by Sting, If On A Winters Night! Julene T.

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  30. Thanks for the giveaway. I guess my favorite would be Silent Night. So hard to choose just one!

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  31. My favorite carol is "what Child Is This". It was my mother's favorite carol, and it makes me think of her every time I hear it.

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  32. I don’t know if it’s officially a Christmas song but the choir always sang it at Midnight Mass. Avé Maria. I cry every time I hear it.

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  33. Such a wonderful giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win.
    Today my favorite and new song to me for the holidays is: Chris Rea ~ Driving Home For Christmas.

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  34. Hi Leslie...I've been following your blog for a couple of years now and love your work. The first time I saw a painting of yours was on Pinterest and I was instantly drawn to your creations. After that I found another post that showed a commission you had painted and your words and stories drew me in as well. After finding out that you sew too I had to see how far back your blog went, so I went to the beginning and have been slowly reading through the years you've blogged. I'm currently on Friday, September 9, 2016. Thank you for sharing your creativity with all of us...you're a blessing! My favorite Christmas song is Mary Did You Know especially when it's sung by Mark Lowry and the Gaither Vocal Band or Pentatonix.

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    1. I'm so touched that you would take the time to read through my entire blog. I should probably do that myself sometime. It's the story of my life, after all. Have a wonderful holiday!

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    2. It's been a great read. :) You'll definitely have to go back and at least read some of it (in all of your spare time! lol). It would make one thick book if you printed it! I hope you have a blessed holiday too!

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  35. My favorite Christmas song is “The Little Drummer Boy”. It brings to mind peace and gentleness.

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  36. One of my favorite carols is Silent Night.

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  37. O, Holy Night and Angels We Have Heard High

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  38. Written in 1857 and originally titled Three Kings of Orient, now know as We Three Kings. Also known as the Quest of the Magi. Love it every time I hear it. Beth Rowlett

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  39. Hello,
    My favorite Christmas song is 'A Grown Up Christmas Wish', by Amy Grant. Thank you for the give away!

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  40. Jody E.
    What Child is This is my favorite.
    Just curious by the time the left coast folks get your post and can make a comment it is after midnight on the east coast. Are we still in the running for the give aways for that day, or are we considered too late?

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    1. Each post is published at 12:01 am Eastern time, so it should show up at 3:01 am Pacific time on that day. I'm not sure why you're not seeing it until 24 hours after I've posted it. Maybe the delay is in the email notification about the post (if you're subscribed)? I'm so sorry that we've had so many trying issues with Blogger. In fact, I'm so frustrated with the platform that I'm moving my entire blog to Wordpress after the holidays. Next year's giveaway will go much smoother! And, to answer your question about the drawing, the rules state that "The entry period for the Giveaway begins at 12:00:01 AM Eastern Time (ET) and ends at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time (ET) on the date provided in the respective post, unless otherwise indicated." Since those rules were published at the beginning of the giveaway, I am legally forced to comply with them. I wish I could include later comments, but I'm afraid it isn't possible.

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  41. My favourite carol is the "Holly and the Ivy". Makes me think of the beautiful snowy winter at Christmas.

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  42. Silver Bells. It was my grandmother's favorite, and she would always ask my sister to play it on the piano. But you can't go wrong with the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack!

    Mary D

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  43. Silent Night. I love to play it on the piano before bed with only the tree lights on.

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  44. After reading all of these wonderful post, I see so many carols that I've enjoyed. It is now difficult to choose as there are memories in many of those previous entries. I love Mary Did You Know and Come, Oh Come Emmanuel amongst so many.
    This give away has been heartwarming and generous! So many terrific stories and amazing gifts. Thank you for putting all of this together.

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    1. You're welcome. It's been so much fun, reading all the comments and feeling connected to people all over the country.

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  45. There are so many but I think O Holy Night is probably my favorite.
    Chris L

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  46. I’ll Be Home For Christmas - love your blog.

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  47. My favorite song is in Spanish “ Está Noche es Noche Buena” it is the 1st song I hear went we move to Puerto Rico. Happy Memories
    Miriam M

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  48. Mary Did You Know. That song brings me to tears. Every. Single. Time. Being a mother myself, I often wonder what Mary knew about her baby and the potential He carried for the world. My children are no different.... they have that potential too. A heavy responsibility!

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  49. Little drummer Boy and O Holy Night. I don’t carry a tune very well, but after years of hearing and attempting I can sing these songs with confidence.

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  50. Lo, How a Rose ere Blooming. Thanks, Leslie

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  51. I enjoy all the Christmas music,but the one I sing to myself is "Silver Bells" janice fleetwood-bean

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  52. i have always loved Nat King Cole's The Christmas Song, charms me every time I hear it. Altho, yesterday I heard the most stunning version of O Holy Night by a man singing in Brooklyn Tabernacle's Christmas program...so stunning!!! xox from Sandy

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  53. Song depends on my mood; from Nat's Christmas Song, to YoYo Ma, Rod Stewart... just please no 'rockin' Christmas stuff. Love love love Escoda brushes; just cannot afford more. Retirement leaves time, but fewer supplies, to create with.

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  54. "Deck the halls" is my favorite Christmas song.

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  55. My favorite Carol is Coventry Carol.
    Holly S

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  56. My favorite is Andy Williams singing “It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas”

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