When I don’t need it anymore, I discard the contents of the cap, wipe it clean and screw it back. This way, the ink stays clean and I don’t feel I waste much of it. Sometimes when a vial almost completely runs out — because I have in fact put the ink in a pen shocker — I’ll add water to the vial itself and mark it for ‘paint’. This doesn’t always prevent me putting it in a pen anyway, but hey.
geekery, drawing and then some
I like to switch around my paints (a lot) and found it very annoying to do so when I blue-tacked the paint to the paintbox. I like to squeeze in more paints than the official number so I removed the pan-holder from my tiny paintbox to do so.
I bought some new watercolour paints and have played with them these past few days.
I came up with a few handy tips that have helped me to better understand and work with these colours:
I made Raah! in freestyle watercolour, without first drawing the outlines.
I did use my pen to draw the eyes and mouth though, I couldn’t get it to work with paint.
I crawled around a bit today, trying to hoover under the sofa.
Today the first sketchcrawl of 2010 also took place, so I also did some drawings. I didn’t crawl during the sketching though, not good for the knees…
I have this thing about art supplies. I get all happy and giddy when walking into an art supply store. I don’t necessarily have to buy anything (although I wouldn’t mind), just seeing all the colourful paper and the paints, and smell the paper makes me happy. Every once in a while I do like to buy supplies though. Last week I went out to get a tube of China White waterpaint, and I purchased a better paintbox. Back at home I ordered a few things online, including a Derwent Safari Journal, several small canvases (5x5cm and 10x10cm), one Winsor & Newton Artist watercolour half pan (finally checking myself if it’s worth it or not) and a small paintbox. The paintbox I accidentally found in that online shop for 1 euro, and it holds 12 half-pans (oh, I finally figured out the difference between half-pans and regular, I have half ones = square, and regular = rectangle).
I like the small paintboxes (I bought several cough), very light and easy to open / close.
I also like the feel of the Derwent journal. The paper feels nice and smooth, but not too smooth (like the Moleskine sketchbook). I’ve read that it doesn’t do to well with classic watercolour, however, I use pen and a watercolour wash mostly and I think it’ll do just fine (unlike that Moleskine ;) ). I like how the outside cover feels nice and soft. Now to think of something to draw in it…