A few weeks ago I bought a hand mulled watercolour dot card from Wanderlust Watercolours. I love dot cards because they let me try different paints without investing in an entire half pan (or more). Unfortunately I haven't done much painting or sketching lately. I wanted to find a way to make this sample one I would take out and use ... and get back to experimenting. A few weeks ago, I changed what is in my EDC (every day carry) … [Read more...] about updating my CMYK watercolour dots
Not that kind! While at the National Stationary Show (helping MakeRuckus Press) two weeks ago, I had a chance to stop by the Exaclair booth. Among other things, one of the new(ish) Herbin fountain pen inks came home with me. Meet Vert de Gris. You can learn more about this beautiful colour, in a review by Wondernaut. It's a marvelous colour and I'm finding myself trying to write every pen dry so I can fill all of them with … [Read more...] about new ink…
As a child, I learned that the most straightforward way to develop mastery was through regular practice. It doesn't need to be for hours, 5 minutes most days will lead to improvement. Taking breaks are important too! While I'm not spinning or weaving every day, I now work on both crafts regularly. That has lead to improvements in what I spin and what I weave (even when I make mistakes). However, there's one skill I'd hoped to be … [Read more...] about (mostly) daily sketches
Almost a year ago I wrote an essay that was in large part about perfectionism. It's been a struggle to write up more about this topic, not because they'll be the wrong words and not (groan) perfect but because I really don't know how I want to articulate what's in my head. I have many friends who write eloquently. Sarah is one of them. Please go and read her recent post, "in which I exhort you to paint some perfect little trees (we … [Read more...] about balance with paint
I have loved colouring books for a very long timeˆ though for reasons unknown I've not discussed them here. I even brought a couple of books and crayons with me to college (along with a milk crate of records, but that's another story). I've been delighted by the rise of adult colouring books (This one looks amazing). Last year's doodle project lead to a discovery that I love watercolours. I've been slowly updating my supplies … [Read more...] about colour!