Tools: Organizing Studio Watercolors

My studio paints were overflowing from my big 30-years-old Prismacolor tin
into a QoR watercolor  tin.  I hated the QoR tin.  The rounds which you think would be great for watercolor mixing but they made the tin so it flips if you put any pressure on it.

* yes, I learned that when I had mixed two paints in the wells… flying colors *

I immediately moved my second set into lots of little tins,
and was happy with my Primateks in my 35-year-old pencil tin.
Still, it was a big pile on the desk, and I don’t use them all.

I often use my stack of Eldajon palettes with squirts of color…
What to do about my pan paints?  Stop using pans?  N0….

I bought the Hahnemühle Post Cards for the tins! 
I loved the flowers on these tins and the size.

I’ve moved most of my pan paints into two categories,
the paints I reach for all the time (right)
and a secondary set that works nicely for architecture and landscapes (left).
If one of these goes with me to paint I’ve tea tin tops to use as mixing pans for washes.

This lead to other organizing.

I placed all my pastels and a few colors that make good Victorian house paint colors
into my favorite old eyeshadow-turned-travel pan, now my Painted Ladies tin (left).
* how appropriate —
once held things for a lady to paint her face and now is holding the painted ladies paints!
beyond that, i’ve no confessions! *
You can see the palette (below), filled with colors and
the Easter Card I’m sending my mom in the same colors!

I still have my beloved Primateks with a couple of Greenleaf & Blueberry colors added.
I love the grainy gritty texture, and the way many of the colors move on their own.

Finally I placed many dark, opaque colors I rarely use
in another pencil box from my architecture days (right).

So far, I am happy… until I buy more paints!

* gads, bought three today from matteogrilliart soon to arrive *

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Tools: Hahnemühle Watercolour Book

I’ve been looking forward to finishing my last A5 book so I could start
the Hahnemühle Watercolour Book,  my spring gift to me!

I am picky about my journals and have tried several, only to find they came apart
or I didn’t really like the paper (then they become scrap test books.)  I prefer bound,
A4 or A5 landscape.  Moleskin has been my best go-to for my sizes and paper needs,
but Moleskin’s paper has changed, with only 25% cotton fiber.  It deflects watercolor a bit more than it used to when it was far more like a fine watercolour paper.  Not too terribly for a journal, but when you have better paper it is noticeable.

Hahnemühle Watercolour Book’s paper is a natural white (not bright white)
200 gsm or 135 lb fine grained surface structure on both sides,
30 pages, comparable to the Moleskin in weight and number.
I love the feel of the linen-like cover in my hand
(I’ve already made it mine by adding an image that says a bit about
the time in my life — Kamala’s gone — and the intent of the journal.)
Available in the landscape formats A4, A5 and
A6 (I have a couple and they are too tiny for me), acid free.
It has a serious rubber band that will not stretch out of shape,
and the only downside is no envelope — which is easily added,
and I like adding my own special envelopes that have memories!

And the paper!  The heart of the book…

It takes pencil well…

and erases well!  A fine point pen works well…

The paper took a grisaille wash of Noodler’s Lexington Grey ink well.
And it took watercolor much nicer than Moleskin’s.
I reworked some watercolor lines, and it did not fight me…

In the first test Buddha was well-behaved, but Ganesha splashed around!
I layered lots of wet juicy washes, inks under and over,
removed quite a lot of watercolor (gasp) and the paper is a dream.

Ganesha is a perfect image to begin this journal’s content, the scribe,
clearer of obstacles and new beginnings.
For Easter I offered up chocolate eggs to the God with the sweet tooth
(only one tusk, because he loved chocolate a bit too much.)

Now that I am getting serious about Hahnemühle’s papers in many forms,
I was pleased to see that Hahnemühle has a commitment to environmental responsibility, which means a lot to me.  I vote with my $$$.  Just as I switched to fountain pens to
reduce the waste in my ink drawing, knowing I am buying from a company
that is interested in environmental stewardship is important. I am interested in their bamboo sketchbooks and that may be my next Hahnemühle review!

I know they are working to get their product in stores across the USA.
Wet Paint, has the Nostalgie sketchbooks.
We regularly order from Talas, but they told me they don’t carry
Hahnemühle watercolor or sketching papers.  They should!
Flax Art & Design in San Mateo, California carries many Hahnemühle products,
including the Hahnemühle Watercolour Book,
BUT DOES NOT SHIP.  (I can see that I need to make a special stop!)

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Watery Ganesha

What fun is life if you don’t play around with your colors?

Can you see Ganesha in the watery mess I made?
I love him… he is going to Mitchell with a love poem!

Experimenting with Hahnemühle Post Card,
made a fast sketch (1-2 minutes) then decided to spray with a mist…

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Sammy Postcards

Sammy gets sent through the mail…
(Hahnemühle watercolor post cards)

Now that the other cats are gone,
when Sammy can’t be with his bestest pal in the world, Mitchell, he loosk so sad.
We ring him to the studio, but he stays in the office.
He will venture out sometimes to cry a soft kitten cry,
trying to get Mitchell or I to come into his room.

If Mitchell goes into the wood-shop, Sammy leans in to listen at the door.

What Sammy doesn’t know is he will be getting kitten friends very soon!

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VSW: Dublin Black-and-White

It started with the Monkey King tile from Christ Church in Dublin…

And then I had to draw the one next to it…

And then I found more… And more.
They marched along the bottom of the open pages.

They gave a nice place for Constance Lloyd to sit.

She was in the park, and as she was looking at her lover, Oscar Wilde,
I thought I’d better put some lovers in the park.

The lovers came from Trinity College.

They wander over to play games and sit on the snake water pool at Castle Dublin.

This is how my layouts get going…

Color will come!

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Moleskin A4 Watercolor Journal, with a Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges.

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Tools: Hahnemühle Post Cards

Okay, I admit it…
I bought these for the TIN.
My studio paints are overflowing
into lots of little tins, and I loved the flowers on these tins and the size.  (How I used these tins and organized my paints are for another day, but
I am liking how it worked out!)

I found I loved the size/shape of the Hahnemühle Post Cards as I began playing with the paper, 250 gsm rough texture.  I’m not a fan of the rough texture; I prefer Britannia 300g/m2 hot or cold pressed (review coming).
I long for cards in cold pressed instead of rough, but I like the challenge of working with texture and am starting to enjoy the texture on these.

They take everything I can throw at them.  IF I’d known what I was throwing at this postcard when I started the flower, I would’ve taken pics.  Under layer of Viridian
and Quin Yellow, then Amazonite and a sloppy wet layer of New Gamboge… the paper started to curl!  Then a layer of a mixed red, and a final layer of mixed brown.
Topped with another layer of ink and White Pitt Pen…

Paper curling IS a problem with tons of wash, but its a small one.  The Ganesha above I sprayed to move the Tobacco ink sketch, and it curled.  I haven’t cut a good base, but the paper behaves when it is clipped.  If you don’t or can’t clip it when you are working it, AFTER it is dry, turn it over and clip then brush with water and let it dry.  It straightened out the teabag art and the Easter colored tulips below, which curled!

I’ve used UHU glue for teabag art,
topped with washes, watercolor, and inks!

Looking forward to when Hahnemühle products are everywhere in the USA!

My first Hahnemühle Post Cards are ready to send for
Easter (mom gets pastels) and thank you and love notes to Mitchell!

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SoSC: Gifting Tea Bag Art

Giving art is one of my pleasures, especially as a thank you to the friends who lend me their photographs… they give me their photos without asking for anything in return, and surprise they get a gift back!  The post cards are perfect for giving because they are ready to send!   I like giving them to Mitchell as a surprise — I leave them on his computer during the day so he finds them when he least expects it, and gives me back a big kiss!

Late start to SoCS because I was finishing gifts!

Hahnemühle Post Card with a
heavily tea-stained teabag, deeply colored.

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Because I  journal and do morning stream of consciousness exercises,
I am again trying to participate in Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday
I write to a timer, 15 minutes, no editing except spelling, and of course I add my art!
You can do it too!

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