Sunday, May 17, 2015

Winsor & Newton Bristol Watercolour Easel

I've been wanting a lightweight painting easel for a while now. Most of what I've seen are the heavy wooden ones. I wanted a small tripod style easel that I can fit into my backpack, easy to set up and take apart. I looked up on the Internet and found a lot of do-it-yourself ones. Love the Internet. Then Opus had the Winsor & Newton Bristol watercolour easel on sale. $60 instead of $100. I can't make one for that price. I read up on the reviews for this easel and for the most part, it's been favourable. People don't seem to like that one of the bars holding the paper needed to be screwed on and it was awkward.  People were saying the screw can easily pop out of your hand and easily lost out in the field.

My solution was to fill the top of the screw with super strong crazy glue and a small jump ring. I used a hook from an old lanyard with a swivel clip and tied it to the hole at top of the bar.

I would recommend sanding the top of the screw lightly with steel wool first and let the glue dry for a couple of days just to be sure. I didn't do that the first time and the ring fell off.  After sanding and letting it sit two days to completely dry, it's working great.
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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Days 2-5 of the 100 Day Project

Here are the Days 2-5 of the 100 Day Project.  Overall, I'm happy with the outcome. 

Details of my 100 Day Project here.

Day 2/100 - Spooky frog skeleton

The skeleton was drawn on watercolour paper with ink and my little applewood stick.  This was for Reddit's Sketch Daily Spooky Skeleton.  2.5"x3.5" ATC.

Day 3/100 - watercolour landscape

ATC 3.5"x2.5" - watercolour landscape.  This was one of the ones I wasn't sure about until I finished it.  It was a quick colour study of a photo I took in the summer.

Day 4/100 - window

ATC 2.5"x3.5" - Watercolour window of an old building at the defunct Riverside Hospital.  It's the kind of place they use for horror film shoots.  I wasn't sure if this was working in such a small format.  I would like to paint this on a larger sheet next.

Day 5/100 - colour pencil landscape
ATC 3.5"x2.5" - Colour pencil landscape of the same photo as Day 3.  I bought the set of colour pencil and used them only once.  Still need to work on blending the colours better.  I almost didn't post this one but decided good or bad, here it is. 

Monday, April 06, 2015

The 100 Day Project

Day 1 of 100 - Silver Spoon

Day 1 of 100 - Silver Spoon - watercolour on 3.5"x2.5" watercolour paper for the 100 Day Project.

The 100 Day Project is a commitment to do something for 100 days, starting on Monday, April 6/15 and finishing on Tuesday, July 14/15.  The basic premise is to encourage people to do 100 days of making or doing something for the duration and posting it on Instagram or other social media sites.  I'll be posting the finished cards on Instagram and Tumblr.

For me, I picked 100 Artist Trading Cards.  I've always wanted to do them but never got around to it.  I even bought pre-cut cards.  So, I will make 100 Artist Trading Cards - 1 each day for the next 100 days and will give them all away.  I like that it's not about the finished product but rather the process itself. 

Considering my current creative leanings, most of these cards will be watercolour of some sort but no promises.  I'm not vain enough to think that people will fight over them or even want them...there's 100 and I really doubt I'll get a 100 takers.  I'm not even sure if I'll get 5 takers.  What you do with the card is up to you.  Use them as a book marker or a coaster if you want.  I always love the idea of Free Art Fridays so if you don't like your card, leave it in the juice aisle of your local supermarket.  I would think that's pretty cool.  

If you would like a card, email me your address.  I can promise you I won't use your address for anything other than mail you a card.  I'm not a psychotic axe'll have to take my word for it.  I won't show up at your house expecting dinner or anything like that. 

Oh, I should also add that this isn't an exchange so you're not expected to send me anything in return.  The cards will be given out randomly.  If you have a preference what card you would like, let me know but no promises. It's going to be nothing fancy - put the card in an envelope and slap a stamp on it.  If you really want to do something, you can pay it forward by doing a random act of kindness in your home town.  There's no obligation on either end...I put a card in the mail and hopefully it won't get lost in the mail and you get a card.  That's it.

Right now, I'm thinking of mailing out the cards after July 14th so there's lots of time if you want to think about it. 

Oh, it helps if I give my email address:

Thursday, April 02, 2015

2015 April Desktop Calendar

April 2015 Desktop calendar

April 2015 desktop calendar - watercolour tulips, scanned into iPad to add calendar. To use as desktop, right click and save as desktop. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Colour blobs and squiggly lines.

When I started watercolour paintings, the brushes I bought are a mix of synthetic and hair, decent brushes without spending great wads of money for sable. I've also tried sable brushes and they are really worth the money but so expensive. I didn't buy them right off the bat because, knowing me, I didn't know if I was going to stick with painting. Then Opus put their Winsor & Newton sable brushes on sale - 25% off. 

I told myself that when I retire, I'm going to treat myself to a set of sable brushes. I couldn't wait that long...they were on SALE!  The practice for the last few days have been just mark making with new paint brushes. The other brushes were good but these ones are glorious! 

Be it knitting or painting, use the best tools and materials you can. It really does make a difference. So true. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Week 3 of Daily Practices

Week 3 of daily practices. 
Just the highlights of the practices. I'm not sure if I'm getting better but I'm certainly learning lots.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Checking in with the Opus Daily Practice Challenge.

I found it really helpful that I have an area in my workroom all set up.  There's a lot of waiting for things to dry with watercolour painting.  I just leave everything set up. 

I look at the stuff other people are posting on Instagram and Tumblr and I'm blown away that these are their "practice" work.  Yikes!  I try not to be intimidated by that and just keep going.  Some days I sit in front of the TV and just do a page of line drawings (badly) of whoever's on TV.  Some days I paint. 

Sometimes I'm happy with the results, sometimes not so much but it's all practice.  I've been posting each day on Tumblr if you're interested in seeing the full size photos.